The Public University of Navarra (UPNA), a Campus of International Excellence, is a young and modern institution located in the top third of Spanish universities in terms of research, knowledge, transfer and teaching quality. The University excels in fields such as Renewable Energies, Telecommunications, Data Science, Advanced Materials and Biotechnology.
With around 7,000 undergraduate, 800 master’s and 400 doctoral students, the UPNA has agreements with a wide network of universities and international research centres. Likewise, its Teaching and Research Staff is made up of around 1,000 people, including full-time professors, assistant professors, associate professors, postdoctoral researchers, predoctoral researchers and project collaborators. Most of them are organised in 6 research institutes: Institute of Smart Cities (ISC), Institute for Advanced Materials (INAMAT), Institute for Advanced Research in Business and Economics (INARBE), Institute on Innovation and Sustainable Development in Food Chain (IS-FOOD), Institute for Advanced Social Research (I-COMMUNITAS) and Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB). There are also 106 research groups at the University. Each year, the UPNA obtains around 70 new projects funded by public bodies and around 160 new contracts with private companies, which means more than €8 M in research funds per year. In addition, in the last five years the university has been granted 31 patents and applied for a further 52 patents.
The UPNA has been a fundamental element in the development of the Renewable Energy sector in Navarra, as demonstrated by the fact that more than 75% of the engineers in renewable energy companies have been trained at the University. Likewise, practically from the beginning, the University has worked closely with the renewable energy sector in Navarra in the development of specific technology through numerous research and technology transfer projects and contracts. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the UPNA has the Chair of Renewable Energies, an agreement between the University and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Ingeteam, CENER, Acciona Energía, Nordex Energy Spain and STI Norland for the development of all kinds of collaborative activities in the field of renewable energies, such as the carrying out of Master’s Degree Final Projects and work experience in companies, the development of R&D projects, the teaching of courses for professionals, the organisation of visits to installations, etc.