UPM is the oldest and largest Spanish technical university, with almost 3,000 faculty members, around 35,000 undergraduate students and 6.500 postgraduates in 18 Schools of study. UPM’s Schools cover most of engineering disciplines, as well as Architecture, Computer Science and Geodesy & Cartography, and recently Fashion and Sports. Moreover, UPM as a top quality academic establishment has a strong commitment to R&D and Innovation, boasting 203 Research Units and 17 Research Centres and Institutes, contributing significantly to the international scientific community with a high number of journal papers, conference communications, and PhD theses. UPM has a long tradition of collaboration with Industry (around 50% of its R&D funding) and participation in international R&D programs. As UPM participation in FP7 is concerned, the University has taken part up to now in 242 European R&D projects with more than 64 M€ of funding, ranked first Spanish University. UPM is a full member of the major LAC technological university associations (LACCEI, ASIBEI, HACU, Tordesillas Group, etc).

Concerning the involvement on on-line education, UPM is member of the OCW consortium (occupying a place in the board), is very active on MOOC platforms like EdX, MiriadaX, etc. And their courses has received several awards (like the 2014 Ministry of Education Awards to the best MOOC)

UPM is member of 3 of the 5 European Institute of Technology approved Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).


Founded in 1919, ECN is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering, training top level scientists in engineering track (5 years), MSc Degrees and PhDs. 2000 students/year in engineering track (5 years), MSc Degrees and PhDs. International development is at the heart of ECN strategic policy: 100% of its engineering students complete at least a 6-month study abroad period and 32% of the campus population is international.

ECN has developed a strong international policy covering also research and projects with companies: its top level CNRS (National Research Agency) research laboratories provide strong links with the French and international industrial fabric and enjoy a reputation for excellence in the world, particularly in naval hydrodynamics, civil engineering, composite & advanced materials, robotics. The development of Academic industry cooperation is at the heart of its network strategy.


The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is a prestigious higher education institution in Hungary. Its main mission is to educate professionals for the industry in the disciplines of technology, informatics, natural sciences, economics, business and management. The university’s mission, inseparable from the education, is to cultivate the sciences, to make scientific research, which encompasses fundamental and applied research, technological product and service development, and exploitation of results making up the innovation chain. Thanks to the high level undergraduate degree programmes built on a general basis, and the subsequent master’s programmes for the fine-tuning of their knowledge, students graduating from BME have a wide range of employment opportunities geographically and in terms of the field of employment as well. the institution’s several doctoral schools qualify students for scientific researcher-developer careers.

In the Hungarian higher education rankings the university’s technology and informatics degree programmes take the first place, and the sciences and economics degree programmes are among the best ones. For BME, however, international rankings are the real measure. Education, research, innovation and direct additional services are proceeded by the 8 faculties. Work-sharing between the faculties are subject oriented both in the fields of education and that of technology. The faculties consist of departments, institutes, research centres that are supported by deans offices and other units.


Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. KTH has a strong commitment for internationalisation which together with sustainability and quality forms the overall strategy for the KTH Management.


UniTrento is a dynamic, middle-size University (with about 16.000 students, 600 academic staff, 700 administrative staff), located in the North East of Italy. Founded in 1962, it has constantly pursued the improvement of the quality of research and teaching and the strengthening of its international dimension, networking with qualified universities and research centres from all over the world, making its campuses international and encouraging the presence in Trento of foreign visiting professors, researchers and students from all over the world. The strong commitment in international research and mobility projects have boosted its attractiveness and position in both national and international rankings. It is structured in 10 Departments (Economics and Management, Law, Sociology and Social Research, Humanities, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Industrial Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Information Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics) and 4 Centres (International Studies, Integrative Biology, Mind/Brain Sciences and Agriculture Food Environment) that promote, coordinate and manage the university teaching and research activities.

The broad academic offer is complemented by a proven experience in the organisation of double, multiple and joint degrees, international Master and PhD programmes, student and staff mobility, summer schools, workshops, joint projects shared with partners over the years also under different European schemes (e.g. LLP-Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Jean Monnet, ALFA, Asialink, Bilateral Cooperation Programme EU-Canada, EU-Australia, EU-China, Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2 etc.).

UniTrento currently holds outstanding positions both in national and in international rankings:
Censis 2017-2018 ranking places UniTrento as one of the top Italian public university, granting the 2nd position for services for students, scholarships, internationalisation, university buildings, communication. According to the report drawn up by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research (ANVUR), UniTrento holds the 1st position for scientific production among the medium-sized Italian universities. Il Sole 24 Ore ranking places UniTrento at the 2nd place for both research and teaching among the best Italian public universities.  UniTrento is well positioned also among the best-known international rankings: 201-250 according to the THE Times Higher Education and 441-450 according to the QS World University Rankings.