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  1. 1. The HigherEducation Sectorin Barcelona
  2. 2. EditionBarcelona City CouncilEconomic, Business and Employment AreaLlacuna 16208018 the help ofDesign and layout: g.graficD.L. (Copyright): B-38802-2011Barcelona, November 2011 Table of contents 01. Barcelona, the Mediterranean’s innovation hub 05 02. 10 reasons to invest in Barcelona 06 03. Higher Education, a strategic sector for Barcelona and Catalonia 08 04. 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education 01. A strategic sector for Barcelona and Catalonia 10 02. Catalonia’s Higher Education system 12 03. A range of excellent and specialised programmes 14 04. Quality and sophisticated research 16 05. Benchmark knowledge facilities 18 06. The city’s main projects 20 07. Do it in Barcelona: capacity to generate and attract talent 22 08. Barcelona University Centre: welcoming, accommodation and living in Barcelona 24 09. Higher Education in the city environment. Barcelona, an open door of resources to accompany you 25 10. Testimonials about Barcelona and Higher Education 26 05. Links 27
  3. 3. 01Barcelona,the Mediterranean’sinnovation hub EUro-MEDiTErrANEAN rEgioN CATALoNiA BArCELoNABarcelona, located in northeast Spain economy in the city, driving Barcelona’s Council and new technological innova-on the Mediterranean coast, is one of strategic leadership in these fields. tion districts are the main driving forcesthe main European metropolises and Catalonia is currently home to more behind international economic activitythe center of an extensive metropolitan than 3,400 international companies in the Barcelona area.area with more than 160 municipalities, and received 37% of all foreign invest-home to nearly 5 million inhabitants. It ment in Spain in 2010, with 90% this Regarding this last aspect -and givenis the economic, cultural and adminis- invested in the Barcelona area. its importance for the developmenttrative capital of Catalonia and leads an of competitiveness, productivity,emerging economic area in southern Taking into account the gross value attracting and retaining talent, and theEurope, with 17 million inhabitants added by sector of activity, Catalonia, internationalisation of companies-,and more than 800,000 companies. in terms of industry, carries the most Higher Education is a key sector forThis EuroMediterranean region, which weight of all autonomous communi- Barcelona and Catalonia. Barcelonaincludes the Balearic Islands, Valencia, ties in Spain (25.2%) and, regarding and Catalonia have positioned them-Aragon and southeast France, focuses services, is ranked second in the nation selves as international benchmarks inmainly on new strategic sectors that for gross value added generated. the training sector, bringing togetherare competitive and international. It is Catalonia concentrates 23% of all 12 universities, a variety of top bu-consolidating its position an interna- innovative companies and 20% of the siness schools and more than thirtytional level as one of the main Euro- total expenditure on innovative activi- international schools that all togetherpean metropolises. ties in Spain. offer more than 500 masters and postgraduate programmes to more The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaWith a long industrial tradition and a Additionally, Barcelona’s entrepreneu- than 233,000 students.dense business fabric, Barcelona’s rial activity rate in 2010 was 5.5%,economic structure is highly diversified. above both the Spanish and European This wide ranging offer has meantMore traditional sectors coexist with averages according to the Global En- that 36.9% of Catalonia’s populationnew sectors of emerging activities to trepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2010. now has university studies, rates thatcreate new knowledge clusters that are higher than the European averageprioritize specialization and competitive- Barcelona’s Trade Fair, Port, Airport, (29.7%), and a trend which is stillness, focus on internationalization, and Zona Franca Consortium, Barcelona create a dynamic and innovative Tourism Consortium, Barcelona City 05
  4. 4. 02 10 reasons to invest in Barcelona Barcelona offers a 01. Strategic geographic location 06. Human resources prepared for the future number of different Two hours by road from France and one day from the main European Highly responsible; highly productive, one of the best in Europe according to the elements that make cities. The gateway to Southern Europe and capital of the Union for the oECD; 8 public and private universities; a number of prestigious business schools it an attractive place Mediterranean, Barcelona’s port, airport, logistics parks, international including ESADE, iESE and EADA; 33 international schools; wide-spread use of to live, work and do trade fairs and city center are found within a five-kilometer radius. new technology and a natural tendency for innovation and creativity. business. Today the city is a highly 02. Comprehensive transport infrastructure 07. Excellent quality of life interesting location A network of motorways connected to Europe; the fastest growing air- ranked first among European cities for quality of life*. Temperate climate, sun, for new economic port in Europe; the top Spanish port and largest container port in the beach, skiing; great cultural activities; an ample network of quality educational ins- activities. Some Mediterranean; wide reaching underground, train and bus networks; titutions; modern and accessible healthcare system; easily accessible using public transport; and a network of natural parks surrounding the city. good reasons to high-speed train connections to the European rail network as of 2013. invest here are as follows 03. Center of a large, dynamic and diverse 08. Large-scale urban-planning projects for the future economic area Transformation of 1,000 ha and 7 million m2 of floor space. The Barcelona area has nearly 5 million inhabitants. it is the capital of Ca- Llobregat Area: commitment to logistics, aerospace and mobility, with expansion talonia, with 7.5 million inhabitants, and the center of the Mediterranean of the port and airport. Basin, an economic area with 18 million inhabitants. it accounts for 70% Besòs Area: urban renewal, universities and research and innovation centers; of Catalonia’s gDP, and is the sixth largest urban area in Europe and has Porta Europa-La Sagrera: arrival of the high-speed train; 22@Barcelona: the new the fifth highest concentration in Europe in terms of industry. technology and innovation district, and the Diagonal-Besòs Campus for activities related to energy, water and sustainable mobility. 04. Successful foreign investment Vallès Area: strategic concentration of technology, nanotechnology and research Barcelona is ranked the sixth best city in Europe for business*, and Ca- facilities; the Alba Synchrotron, the Vallès Technology Park and the UAB re- search Park. talonia accounts for approximately 34% of all foreign investment in Spain and is home to more than 3,400 foreign companies. 09. Competitive real estate market 05. Internationally renowned positioning Wide range of offices, retail spaces and industrial warehouses with excellent price/quality balance and a high occupation rate. Barcelona tops a number of international rankings, which rate its urban The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona environment, ability to attract foreign capital, entrepreneurial spirit and quality of life very highly. 10. Unique public/private cooperation Barcelona City Council and the Catalan government are highly committed to companies; the success of traditional public/private collaborations has been key to Barcelona’s transformation. *According to Cushman & Wakefield, European Cities Monitor 2011.06 07
  5. 5. 03 Higher Education, a strategic sector for Barcelona and Catalonia Different faculties of Barcelona Barcelona has always had a Catalonia has a total of 233,538 Education institutions are training has more than 233,000 students, These fit perfectly with the Higher The objective of this document is strong commitment to make students at 12 universities, 8 of the researchers, professionals and with about 20,000 coming from Education priorities promoted by to explain the current and future its Higher Education sector which are located in the metropoli- entrepreneurs of the future. In short, outside Catalonia, and the majority Barcelona in recent years: a range trends of the Higher Education sec- tan area of Barcelona, and first-rate they generate talent for society. The of these attending universities in the of high-quality degree and graduate tor in Barcelona and more generally an engine for its economy, business schools -two of these ability to attract and retain this talent metropolitan area of Barcelona. programmes, excellence in certain in Catalonia and its basic characte- knowledge-generation and are among the top 25 in the world, is a key to success for businesses This positioning hasn’t been limited fields of specialisation, the capacity ristics, via the following 10 points: innovation. It is a strategic according to international rankings. and regions that want to be innovati- to the local sphere, but rather to generate and attract talent, the sector that will be develo- In terms of university research, ve and competitive in a high growth extended to the global environment, internationalisation of the sector, 01 A strategic sector for ped over the coming years, Catalonia boasts more than 550 environment subject to continuous effectively putting Barcelona on the support for the creation of quality and Barcelona and Catalonia according to the strategic consolidated research groups, 137 change in terms of technology, eco- map in terms of being a benchmark added value jobs, and the promotion 02 Catalonia’s Higher Education plan “Barcelona Vision R&D centres and over 300 univer- nomics and business. in Higher Education, especially in of entrepreneurship. system 2020”, which explicitly sity departments. According to data certain subject areas. 03 A range of excellent and identifies this area as one of from Eurostat (2009), 36.9% of the A few years ago, Catalonia, and specialised programmes the potential motors for the population in Catalonia has univer- Barcelona in particular, started This trend towards the internationa- 04 Quality and sophisticated economy of the Metropolitan sity degrees, significantly above the positioning itself as an international lisation of Higher Education offered research Region of Barcelona. European average of 29.7%, and benchmark in education -under- at Catalan institutions has increa- 05 Benchmark knowledge facilities following a clear upward trend. graduate and especially graduate sed over recent years and is now a 06 The city’s main projects studies- with the capacity to produce strategic priority, especially given the 07 Do it in Barcelona: capacity to Higher Education institutions, which a skilled and talented workforce, and framework of the European Higher generate and attract talent The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona are responsible for transmitting yet also capable of attracting talent Education Area (EHEA), initiated by knowledge through undergraduate from around the world- all this with the 1999 Bologna Declaration. 08 Barcelona University Centre: and graduate degrees, are also the objective of creating a dynamic welcoming, accommodation major generators of new knowledge economy, generating new knowled- EHEA is based on four principles: and living in Barcelona across all disciplines, both in terms ge and stimulating innovation and quality teaching, the mobility of 09 Higher Education in the city of basic knowledge and that applied its transformation, and as such students and teachers, recognition environment through technology development contributing to economic and social of teaching diversity, and improving 10 Testimonials about Barcelona and applications. As such, Higher development. Currently Catalonia the competitiveness of graduates in and Higher Education Europe’s open labour market.08 09
  6. 6. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education 01. A STrATEgIC SECTor for BArCELonA And CATALonIA Barcelona has built up a significant As well, Barcelona has made a stra- business fabric, the result of a long tegic commitment to the develop- and deeply-rooted industrial tra- ment and consolidation of emerging dition that has consolidated many industries such as Information and industries and clusters of innovative Communications Technology (ICT), and very competitive companies. design, media, energy and biotech- Catalonia and Barcelona’s busi- nology. These sectors have become ness frame is characterised by the clusters, mostly located in the city’s dominance of SMEs (Small and innovation district, 22@Barcelona. Medium Enterprises), but also in In this district alone there are more terms of internationally recognised than 4,500 companies employing firms in the fields of infrastructure more than 56,000 employees. These The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona management, energy, and financial businesses are committed to innova- services. It is also a very strong in tion and the creation of high added the services sector in general, value employment and they especia- especially the development of the lly need the talent that is emerging tourism sector as a major driver for from Catalonia’s Higher Education the local economy. institutions or from other countries.10 11
  7. 7. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education Another university brings together on- order to contribute to the social and ranking by the Financial Times. At line studies: economic development of its local the European level, IESE was placed environment. fourth and ESADE seventh, regar- Open University of Catalonia University of Girona (UdG): was ding the ranking of the best MBA full (UOC): which was created in 1995 established in 1991 with a clear time programmes in Europe. thanks to the development of new 02. vocation to serve its community and EAE, BES-La Salle, ESIC and BSM information technologies (ICT) and the world. Here there are more than (IDEC), amongst others, also have the information society that developed forty degrees on offer in 5 areas of strong international reputations. around it, and that offers an educatio- knowledge: science, health scien- CATALonIA’S nal model based on the personalisation ces, social sciences, humanities and Inter-university postgraduate HIgHEr of courses, accompanying students in technical sciences. specialist platforms an on-line context EdUCATIon University of Lleida (UL): was foun- Some prominent examples of platforms also located in Barcelona SySTEM There are also the following private ded in 1991. Because of its relation- include Barcelona Graduate School of ship with the local community, UdL is universities: noted for its agricultural and forestry Economics (BGSE), including the par- Ramon Llull University (URL): studies, but also in other areas. ticipation of the UPF and the UAB and Founded in March 1990, its taught the Institute of International Studies University of Vic (UVic): since 1997 courses are varied, but specialise in (IBEI) with the active participation of Catalonia and Barcelona The Catalan Education system is Polytechnic University of Catalonia UVic offers applied teaching, which is the social sciences area and others the UB, UAB, UPF, and the UOC. made up by: (UPC): It has its beginnings in what both open and transparent, focusing in particular have a large like engineering, architecture or the was then known as the Higher Tech- on the changing needs of society. It number of Higher Education Universities health sciences and sports. The Catalan education system focuses nical Institute founded in 1968 and has studies in experimental science institutions with a proven 12 universities form part of the International University of Cata- and technology in medical sciences, on excellence in teaching, research Catalan Education system. which brought together the existing track record and significant lonia (UIC): Founded in October the humanities, and social sciences. and development initiatives that boost The Metropolitan Region of Bar- technical schools in Barcelona of international prestige. 1997, it offers studies in such both these aspects. celona boasts the following public the time. In 1971, this became the UPC. Over the years other techni- diverse areas as law, architecture, University Foundations universities: These institutions are well connec- management and public administra- These include IL·3 (UB), IDEC (UPF), Catalonia has 12 universities, cal schools joined the UPC and its ted to Higher Education institutions University of Barcelona (UB): ba- tion, areas related to health sciences and the Polytechnic Foundation of 8 of these in Barcelona and its university sites spread across the in other countries, via permanent sed in Barcelona, this is Catalonia’s and information technology, among Catalonia - FPC (Technical University metropolitan area. pioneering university with 555 years country. Its teaching programmes and firm collaboration agreements others. of Catalonia), the International Gra- The best-placed Spanish universi- of history behind it. It has numerous are basically in the technology and aimed at encouraging student duate Institute (UOC), which provide ties in the international university science areas. Abat Oliba University (UAO): mobility between institutions, coor- sites and affiliated centres and its Life Long Learning programs to rankings are located in Barce- started offering courses in 1974. Its dinating research, or collaborating main programmes are in the fields Pompeu Fabra University (UPF): professionals and companies mainly lona. Barcelona has exceptional teaching focus is mainly on econo- with the teaching of graduate pro- of social sciences and the sciences. established in 1990, it has three aimed at professionals, with a high business schools, positioned mics and social sciences. The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona grammes. As such, thanks to this Autonomous University of Bar- campuses located in the heart of degree of specialisation. high in international benchmark international experience and aca- celona (UAB): Founded in 1968, the city. With a recognised teaching rankings. 2 of these are amongst Outside the metropolitan area, there demic and research background, it offers a wide range of studies quality, highly targeted research, and Business Schools the world’s top 25, namely IESE are four other universities: Catalonia’s institutions have beco- both in science and social scien- high levels of internationalization, it Barcelona has one of Europe’s and ESADE, and they attract huge me true international benchmarks ces. It now has three campuses: focuses on three areas of experti- Rovira i Virgili University (URV), highest concentrations of presti- student interest from around the in some areas of knowledge. Bellaterra focused on teaching and se: social sciences and humanities, in Tarragona-Reus, was created in gious business schools. Especially world. Barcelona comes 8th regar- research; Sabadell for technology, health sciences and life sciences, 1991. With a range of about 50 noteworthy are IESE, ESADE, and ding the top cities preferred by work and enterprise, and finally, and communication and information courses, its main objective is to put EADA, which are among the best students for an MBA. Sant Pau for the health sciences. technologies. knowledge to work for society in schools in the world, according to a12 13
  8. 8. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education 03. A rAngE of ExCELLEnT And SpECIALISEd progrAM Catalonia and Barcelona In Catalonia, education insti- Barcelona and its strategic Many programs offered by the These programmes have partly or tutions offer more than 500 commitment to inter-university University Students: have a wide variety of Catalan universities are part of wholly taught courses in English, post graduate and masters and international programmes. Erasmus Mundus, along with other with international students from 233,538 graduate studies in subject programmes. European and foreign universi- around the world that have ex- (2009-2010) areas such as the arts and Barcelona and its institutions of ties, and which have created very cellent academic records. These humanities, sciences, health International students: These programmes have three main Higher Education have always internationalised post-graduate programmes have a 60% in-take sciences, social sciences Barcelona has 20,000 traits: they focus on research, cour- been very open to collaboration programmes. of international students. and law, engineering and between institutions, not just in international students. More ses for professionals, and manage- architecture. than 5,000 are on masters ment training. Particularly important the same geographical area, but The support of Education and postgraduate courses in Barcelona are those courses also regarding a spirit of interna- institutions of excellence in in addition to 2,000 doctoral aimed at professions, followed by tional cooperation especially with Barcelona. students. research and management. universities and business schools located in other countries. These In Barcelona there are a series Programmes: Barcelona, a multilingual city, inter-university programmes have of Higher Education programmes 517 post graduates this means it can offer many of been designed with others to allow that are internationally renowned The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona these programmes in different students to complete their training in their fields that attract students Professors and languages, or in a combination by taking courses in more than one from around the world. These pro- investigators: of various languages. The main institution and thus benefiting from grammes, called Masters of Global 15,486 people teaching languages are Catalan, inter-university and often interna- Excellence, include 92 masters. (2009-2010) Spanish and English. tional expertise. Regularly updated information can be found at: www.barcelonaglobalmasters.com14 15
  9. 9. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education Image courtesy of University of Barcelona (UB) 04. QUALITy And SopHISTICATEd rESEArCH Image courtesy of Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) Catalonia accounts for Barcelona occupies the 18th and In terms of utility models, Barce- Collaboration between 15% of the population of 6th positions in the worldwide and 38 grants grants awarded to lona and Catalonia account for universities and business Research Institutions (9) Spain, yet it contributes European rankings respectively in Catalonia: 23.6% and 27.5% of the Spanish Companies and Higher Education Research Centres (169) terms of scientific output. In 2010 - Starting Grants (26) total respectively (2008). institutions also collaborate closely 20% to Spain’s GDP and they contributed 11,798 scientific - Advanced Grants (12) with the development of specific Technology Centres (25) generates 25% and 2.5% of publications. 21 of the 38 grants have been research-related projects, whether Spain’s and Europe’s scien- Scientific-technical awarded to researchers on the Employment defined by companies themselves tific production respectively. To achieve this reputation in Catalonia has seen the number Facilities (6) ICREA programme, a policy or coming from university research This is especially relevant research, Catalonia has made sig- of people engaged in intensive units, or jointly defined. The exper- Technology and Research measure designed to attract the in the fields of biomedicine, nificant investments that represent best talent in the world. research increase from 18,300 in tise of universities in certain areas Parks (12) science and technology. 25.2% of all research spending in 1996 to 47,300 in 2009, reflecting and the availability of infrastruc- The overall rate of research Spain. a wider commitment to research, in- Creativity Environments (15) ture provide companies with new and development (R&D) in novation and knowledge generation. ways to develop their ideas in the Support for Innovation (30) Catalonia stood at 1.68% The improvement in research in Patents and Utility Models best way possible. Catalonia has been recognised by With regard to the percentage of Finance for Innovation (36) of GDP in 2009, above the Barcelona and Catalonia head the Spanish average (1.38%). the European Research Council, ranking of applications for patents the population working in science Successful Cases (115) with nearly 60% of their grants and utility models in Spain. In and technology, Catalonia occupies Research and Innovation The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona awarded to Spain between 2007 2008 there were 397 PCT patent the 5th position in the European Map and 2010 going to researchers registrations in Barcelona, a ratio regional ranking with 630,000 wor- In 2008, Barcelona created the The map summarises Barcelona working in centres located in of patents per million inhabitants kers boasting a higher education Research and Innovation Map. and the metropolitan area’s capa- Catalonia (38 grants from a total of 74.92. degree engaged in these activities. Initially it included Bio and IT facili- bilities in research, technology and of 64). Barcelona accounts for the This fact has helped attract 22% of ties, but gradually it has expanded innovation. majority of these with 31 of the 38 Regarding patent applications, Spain’s innovation-based compa- to include more fields. Currently, it researchers located in centres in Barcelona and Catalonia represent nies to Catalonia. boasts 417 facilities and projects the city itself. 16.9% and 20% respectively of all across the following fields: Spanish applications (2008).16 17
  10. 10. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education National Supercomputing Centre (Mare Nostrum Supercomputer) 05. BEnCHMArk knowLEdgE fACILITIES Alba Synchrotron - Consortium CELLS Barcelona Science Park (PCB) Barcelona has several Alba Synchrotron - National Supercomputing Barcelona Biomedical Barcelona Science Park National Centre for Genome prestigious international Consortium CELLS Centre (Mare Nostrum Research Park (PRBB) (PCB) Analysis (CNAG) facilities with a huge po- This facility boasts the most Supercomputer) This is a major scientific facility that This facility is designed to promote This centre was created in 2009 tential for doing advanced powerful synchrotron light source This is a benchmark centre and one came about from an initiative led by innovation mainly in the field of life in order to carry out projects in Southern Europe and it is cu- of the world’s fastest supercom- the Autonomous Regional Govern- sciences, especially incorporating analysing large-scale DNA research. These facilities rrently Catalonia’s most advanced puters. Its mission is to research, ment of Catalonia, Barcelona City the collaboration of universities sequences in collaboration with are a magnet for talent, scientific facility. It will help place develop and manage information Council and the UPF, in connection and companies. Developed by researchers from Catalonia, Spain especially for scientists Catalonia at the cutting edge of technologies to facilitate scientific with Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar. the University of Barcelona, it was and Europe. CNAG offers a wide from around the world and molecular analysis applications progress. This facility is participa- It incorporates six closely coordina- range of applications, including Spain’s first science park and has for building and developing across many fields. Thanks to the ting in European supercomputing ted public research centres and is the complete sequencing of de become an international bench- new projects. synchrotron facility, many expe- projects along with 5 other EU designed to generate knowledge in mark regarding the fostering of novo genomes, the re-sequencing rimental laboratories now stand member countries. It has more than the field of health and life sciences, innovation. The park boasts 2,200 of complete genomes, the re- to benefit from this light source 200 researchers from over and also to transfer technology and professionals with 3 research ins- sequencing of specific regions, The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona on a range of different research 20 countries working there. The knowledge to the business world. titutes, 75 companies, an incubator the sequencing of micro-RNA projects. Some 160 people -scien- main areas of research being done The profile of the 1,300 people that for biotechnology companies and (RNAseq) or mRNA, the location tists, engineers and technicians- here are related to computer, life work there is very international. 70 research groups. of binding sites in DNA or RNA currently work there. and Earth sciences. (ChIPseq), epigenome sequencing and validation of genomic variants. This facility is expected to become one of Europe’s top 5.18 19
  11. 11. 04 10 reasons that make Barcelona and Catalonia a benchmark in Higher Education Higher Education Cluster: made a strategic commitment city’s and country’s main economic Barcelona Campus to the information economy and development stakeholders, business The Higher Education sector in knowledge-intensive activities, es- schools and university foundations, Barcelona and Catalonia is in fact pecially in advanced services and and the actual business community. 06. organised by a variety of stakehol- new economic activities. ICUF has contributed to Barcelona’s ders that interact and work together positioning as a benchmark –in to develop a range of highly attracti- Aligned with this objective, Bar- a permanent or temporary way- THE MAIn ve programmes for students. The celona City Council has made a for large corporations’ executive clearest example of this is the strategic commitment to the Higher training and an ideal meeting point HIgHEr future association Barcelona Cam- Education sector, specifically for for those responsible for com- EdUCATIon pus. It will establish strengthening strategic corporate training and panies’ executive education and projECTS Barcelona’s pavilion at Expo 2010 Shangai links between academic institutions executive education, by organising management strategy all around offering graduate programmes the first edition of the Internatio- the world. Some of the main factors whilst jointly tackling some of the nal Corporate Universities Forum that have been decisive in this major challenges facing the sector (ICUF) in 2010. This is designed positioning include Barcelona’s In recent years Barcelona Some of the leading projects in - UAB CEI, a UAB project commit- and the process of adapting to the as an annual international event excellent geographical position, its has pushed through a se- this field are: ted to knowledge generation and European Higher Education Area. for multinational executives from good international connections, and ries of major Higher Educa- innovation. This entity represents the Higher around the world in charge of stra- its meetings facilities for hosting tion projects that have had International Excellence Education cluster, bringing together tegic corporative education, that -in multinational companies’ strategy Campus (CEIs) In 2010 award winners included: collaboration with the educational meetings for their management a dual purpose. On the one all the sector’s institutions in Barce- CEIs objectives, amongst others, are - Barcelona University Campus lona and most of those in Catalonia. stakeholders in the city- meet for teams. Barcelona is second-placed hand, they aim to develop to improve the quality of universities, Health (HUBc), a University of It also facilitates the collaborative two days to debate and exchange in the world ranking of cities what will be a key economic Barcelona project. promote their internationalisation action of Higher Education institu- ideas on the key issues facing organising international meetings sector for the future espe- - Campus Energy UPC: Energy for in terms of training and research, tions in fields such as internationa- corporate training strategy, learning out of a total of 135. A final key to cially training, learning and Excellence, a UPC project. and best practices cases, and to the city’s success in this area is its and to establish a closer relations- lisation and improving excellence development; and, on the hip between universities and their - Campus UPF-Icària International, in training. Barcelona Campus is identify future trends in the industry. internationally renowned business other hand, they will bring surrounds. The CEI award is given by a UPF project. the brand name for channelling all schools, like IESE and ESADE, and together the promotion of the Spanish government’s Ministry these activities. Barcelona is a model for public- its prestigious universities. knowledge generation and of Education to the most active co- CEIs projects also include the private cooperation and as such the attraction of talent in llaboration projects. It has become a participation of municipalities, International Corporate this project has been given full research centres, hospitals, asso- ICUF 2011 the overall environment. true hallmark of quality and prestige Universities Forum (ICUF) backing by other institutions Participants: to those educational institutions that ciations, etc... Barcelona is the gateway to such as Barcelona’s Chamber of The Higher Education Sector in BarcelonaThe Higher Education Sector in Barcelona 256 (100 executives) receive it. southern Europe, the centre of an Commerce and the Autonomous Companies: International Excellence emerging Euro-regional economic Regional Government of Catalonia’s 174 (66 multinationals) Catalonia has a number of Interna- Campus (CEIs) awards: 2 in the centre, the capital of the Medi- own Education Sector (universi- 27 private collaborators tional Excellence Campuses: 2009 awards and 3 in the 2010 terranean, a bridging location to ties and business schools). ICUF –sponsors and knowledge In 2009 winners included: awards. Catalonia and Barcelona North Africa and a platform link is also being sponsored by large partners- amongst them the - Barcelona Knowledge Campus lead the International Excellence with Latin America. With its long businesses working the field of city’s main business schools (BKC), a joint project between the Campus ratings in Spain. industrial tradition and a dense corporate universities. This is a (IESE, ESADE and EADA). UB and UPC. business fabric, Barcelona has network initiative including the20 21