Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) as it is today was created in 1998, although it is based on the Schools of Engineering and Business which has almost 100 years of teaching heritage. The UPCT offers a mixture of tradition and modernity that gives the university a dynamic and innovative spirit.
Since its early beginnings, the UPCT has signed different types of cooperation agreements with 178 European universities. In order to make the stay of its international students as comfortable as possible, the UPCT tries to promote their interests. Many European and Latin American students have already completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs in Cartagena. Alongside the University of Murcia, the campus of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, is a "Campus of International Excellence", since 2010.
Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 200 BC and is therefore rich with history and landmarks. The confluence of civilizations settling here as well as its strategic harbour, together with the rise of the local mining industry is manifested by a unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, the second largest of the Iberian Peninsula, an abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains, and a plethora of Art Nouveau buildings, a result of the bourgeoisie from the early 20th century. Cartagena is now established as a major cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean and an emerging cultural focus.
- The university is situated right in the city centre.
- The facilities are brand new, even though some of them are housed in ancient buildings.
- A few programmes are offered completely in English, while Spanish courses are offered at the university.
- With 200,000 inhabitants everything is still in walking distance,
- Which also allows for lower cost of housing and living in general compared to the metropole regions Madrid or Barcelona.
- Also, the university has a high staff-student ration.
- With over 300 sunny days per year and the seaside right at the campus Cartagena offers a good mixture of focus and inspiration.