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UPM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Technical University of Madrid) is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university, with more than 3.000 faculty members, around 38.000 undergraduate students and 6.000 postgraduates in 21 Schools of study. UPM, as a top quality academic establishment, has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation. It boasts over 200 Research Units and several Research Institutes and Technological Centres.

UPM contributes significantly to the international scientific community with a high number of papers printed in journals and presented at conferences. UPM’s researchers publish a yearly average of 1.200 journal papers, 2.000 conference communications, and 200 PhD theses. The presence of UPM in the international R&D arena is also ensured by its consistent participation in various EU schemes. Over the past four years, UPM has taken part in around 200 European R&D projects, including 19 Networks of Excellence, and currently is a member of 10 European Technology Platforms. UPM receives a substantial financial support for research activities from external sources. It amounts to over 100 M€ per year and comprises a large part of an annual budget of the university, which is around 350 M€. One of the strategic investments of the university is a construction of Science and Technology Park, undertaken at the end of the year 2000. This project is aimed at encouraging the research activity and entrepreneurship programme in order to promote the creation of spin-off companies, and demonstrates UPM’s commitment to maintain the highest standards of academic and professional excellence.