Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena or UPCT, is a public university located in the Spanish city of Cartagena, in the Region of Murcia. The university mainly specializes in technology and business studies. It has formally existed since August 3, 1998.

La Milagrosa building, the UPCT headquarters since 2001


The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena is the youngest technical university in Spain. This fact is contrasted, however, by its long history as a university in the engineering and business fields, as several of its faculties date back to the late 19th and early 20th-century. This unique status blends youth and tradition, making it a dynamic and innovative institution.

UPCT lies within an urban area where most of its facilities are in restored historic buildings, such as the Navy Hospital (Spanish: Hospital de Marina) (18th-century), the Headquarters of Antiguones (Spanish: el Cuartel de Antigones) (18th-century), the House of Mercy (Spanish: Casa de Misericordia) (19th-century) and the Headquarters for Marine Training (Spanish: Cuartel de Instrucción de Marinería) (18th-century).

The establishment of the Polytechnic School of Cartagena dates back to 1975 and came about when the studies were integrated into the University of Murcia. The aim was to integrate the Technical School of Mining Engineering and the Technical School of Industrial Engineering into the University of Murcia and be able to add other areas of study to the new Center.

In 1998, on the basis of the faculties and degrees taught at the Cartagena campus, The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena was established.

The first school was the School of Mines (currently Faculties of Civil and Mining Engineering, EICM), established in 1883. This was followed by the School of Industry (currently ETSII) in 1901, the School of Business Studies (currently FCCE) in 1921, the School of Naval Engineering (currently ETSINO) in 1977, the School of Agricultural Engineering (currently ETSIA) in 1993, the Faculty of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSIT) in 1998, and finally, the Faculty of Arquitecture and Building (ETSAE) in 2008.

The studies offered by the UPCT and the University of Murcia complement each other. Both Universities make up the International Excellence Campus for Higher Education and Research called 'Mare Nostrum'. Furthermore, UPCT is a member of the UP4 association, together with the Technical Universities of Madrid, Catalonia and Valencia.