The Universitat Politècnica de València is a public, dynamic and innovative institution dedicated to research and teaching that, while maintaining strong bonds with the social environment in which it carries out its activities, advocates for a solid presence abroad. It is a young university, which celebrates its 50th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Its community is made up of around 34,000 students, 3,600 lecturers and researchers and 1,500 administration and services professionals distributed among its three campuses located in Alcoi, Gandia and València.
At present, the UPV comprises 13 university centres, of which nine are higher technical schools, two are faculties and another two, higher polytechnic schools. In addition, it has a Doctoral School and three affiliated centres (Florida University, Berklee College of Music and EDEM Business School).
The history of the Universitat Politècnica de València dates back to 1968 when the Higher Polytechnic Institute of València was created.At that time, it comprised four schools: The School of Agricultural Engineering, the School of Architecture, the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Industrial Engineering.
The School of Agricultural Engineers was established by Royal Decree of 6 July 1959. Subsequently, it changed its name to University School of Agricultural Technical Engineering, when the facilities moved from Burjassot to the Blasco Ibáñez avenue in València. Finally located on the Vera Campus, in 2010, the then Higher Technical School of the Rural Environment and Enology became known as the School of Agricultural Engineering and the Environment.
TheSchool of Architecture was founded in 1966 and has decisively influenced the configuration of the city of València and its surroundings since then, being the only public school of architecture.
Regarding the School of Civil Engineering, created in 1968 and heir to the first industrial school in the city of València that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, it should be noted that it was the third school in its field of Spain, after those of Madrid and Santander. In addition, it has been a pioneer centre in the integration of degrees and has established itself as a national benchmark.
The School of Industrial Engineers had its origin in the creation, in the 1850s, of several industrial engineering degree schools in Spain, one of them located in València. After the abolition of the Royal Industrial Institute in 1866, the School reopens in 1968 as part of the Higher Polytechnic Institute of València.
Since the foundation of the Higher Polytechnic Institute of València in the academic year 1968-1969, the Universitat Politècnica de València has been able to combine tradition and innovation, both in its teaching and scientific work, contributing to the development of its environment.
In 1970, the Higher Polytechnic Institute moved to the Vera Campus and, a year later, the institution was definitively established as the Universitat Politècnica de València.
The affiliation to the UPV of the former School of Fine Arts was established by law in 1970. Artists, curators and art critics, professionals and entrepreneurs from different creative sectors have visited its lecture halls. Today, the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universitat Politècnica de València is considered the best faculty in the Spanish university system and provides an artistic component to the UPV.
The School of Design Engineering is also an evolution of the school created in 1855 in València, after endless changes in terms of structure and operation, and has trained university graduates who have contributed to consolidate the industrial fabric of the Valencian Community. It was incorporated into the UPV in 1970.
In 1971 the University School of Technical Architecture was founded, currently the School of Building Engineering, coinciding with the change of name of the profession of technical architect to building engineer. In 2002, the centre was renamed as School of Building Management adapting to the required changes.
Computer studies began in 1985 at the UPV at the School of Applied Informatics. Today, the School of Informatics Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de València comprises the School of Applied Informatics and the Faculty of Computer Science.
The School of Telecommunications Engineers, ppositioned as one of the reference schools at national and international level, includes all disciplines and facets of telecommunication engineering since 1987, when it was established in the UPV.
Around 1987, the School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography and Surveying, was also created, whose studies have been adapted to the changes brought along by the introduction of technologies in traditional methods and practices.
The origin of the Alcoi Campus dates back to 1828, when the members of the Royal Cloth Factory guild agreed to found the Scientific-Artistic Establishment to provide technical teaching. The next step was taken in 1853 when the Elementary Industrial School was established. The centre was integrated into the Universitat Politècnica de València as Alcoi University School of Industrial Technical Engineering in 1972. It became the Higher Polytechnic School of Alcoi since the academic year 1994-1995. The Alcoi Campus has grown both in terms of the variety of its degrees offered and by the number of students.
The Gandia School, established as a Higher Polytechnic School during the 1999-2000 academic year, was established in 1993. With it, the Ducal City of Gandia recovers centuries of university tradition: on 1 March 1549, the University of Gandia began its journey under the patronage of Saint Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandia, as founder, and managed by the Society of Jesus. Its birth created a whole cultural environment around it. Currently, the Gandia Campus is characterized as a centre with a strong international and research dimension.
During the academic year 1999-2000, the Faculty of Business Administration and Management was also launched on the Vera Campus of the Universitat Politècnica de València.
The prestigious music school Berklee College of Music in Boston established its headquarters in València to the Universitat Politècnica de València in December 2011. Which represents the first opening the College has made outside the United States, with the Universitat Politècnica de València granting legal validity to the degrees taught and supervising the teaching of the different disciplines. It also promotes research and innovation activities in the field of technology applied to music.
The training offer of the València International Campus reflects the founding spirit of Berklee, created in 1945, on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students in the music industry is through the study and practice of modern music.
EDEM Business School signed an agreement of affiliation with the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2014. Under this agreement, EDEM teaches degrees in engineering and synergies have been established between the two institutions around the world of business and the commitment to promoting leadership, entrepreneurship and a culture of hard work.
Another centre affiliated to the Universitat Politècnica de València, in this case since 1993, is Florida University Centre that teaches official undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational training courses in the fields of information and communication technologies, business, tourism, robotics, engineering and education.