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Our background 

Our university is a young institution. Its history dates back to the early 70s although some of its schools, such as the School of Design Engineering, the Higher Polytechnic School of Alcoy and the Faculty of Fine Arts, are over a hundred years old.

The seed of what is today known as the Universitat Politècnica de València was planted in the academic year 1968-1969, when the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Valencia was created. At that time it comprised four schools: the School of Agricultural Engineering, founded in 1959; the School of Architecture, inaugurated in 1966; the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Industrial Engineering, both of them created in 1968.

An institution in continuous development 

But it is not until 1971 (as a result of the Order of 11th March, through which the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Valencia is conferred the highest academic status), when our institution becomes the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Likewise, in 1978, the Faculty of Fine Arts is annexed to our University.

From then on all the other schools are incorporated; i.e. the School of Design Engineering, the Polytechnic School of Alcoy, the School of Building Management, the School of Rural Environments and Enology and the School of Applied Computer Science, whose studies started in 1985.

A growth in conformity with the needs of the environment 

After that, the Faculty of Computer Science; the School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography and Surveying, and the School of Telecommunications Engineering were created. The Polytechnic University School of Alicante and the Higher Polytechnic School of Orihuela also used to belong to our University until 1991 and 1997, respectively.

In 1994, ratified by an Order in Council, the Polytechnic School of Alcoy becomes the Higher Polytechnic School of Alcoy and, in 1993, the School of Gandía is founded and named Higher Polytechnic School of Gandía during the 1999-2000 academic year. Likewise, during that same academic year the Faculty of Business Administration and Management is inaugurated.

The UPV today 

In the Polytechnic University of Valencia, cohabitation is part of an educational project where students and teachers alike from our five campus sites (Vera, Blasco Ibáñez, Alcoy, Gandía and Xátiva) actively take part in.

Currently, our university community is made up of over 42.000 people. Of these, nearly 37.800 are students, 2.600 are members of the teaching and research staff and 1.700 are administrative and services personnel. UPV is composed of 10 schools, 3 faculties and 2 higher polytechnic schools.

It also has the following associated schools: Ford Spain Technical School of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Business Studies, La Florida University School, and Pax University College, as well as an extension in Xàtiva.


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