The Public University of Navarre (UPNA) is an institution committed to the sustainable progress of its surrounding environment through the generation, dissemination and transfer of knowledge, the all-round development of the individual and the promotion of culture in a space within which free and open thought can thrive.
It aims to be a dynamic university, driving the knowledge economy, favouring an open, cohesive and critical society, leading regional development and gaining national and international recognition.
The values defended by the UPNA embrace three key dimensions: the individual dimension (which must be shared by those belonging to the university community and which it should instil in people), the dimension applied to relations within the university community and that of the university towards society. These values are present and are applied in everything the university does.
Created in 1987 by the Parliament of Navarre, the UPNA is a relatively small public university in Spain with campuses in Pamplona and Tudela. With academic activity covering all branches of knowledge, engineering, science, health sciences, social sciences, law, arts and humanities, it is a markedly technical university.
Along with 17 other universities, it is in group five of the twelve-level ranking of Spanish universities in terms of performance, placing it in the second quartile (2021 ISSUE ranking, BBVA-IVIE).
UPNA has an explicit commitment to Navarre. This commitment involves working in favour of its sustainable progress, culture, with a special emphasis on Navarre’s specific cultural assets, such as the Basque language, and improving quality of life in the community.
To achieve these ends, the Public University of Navarre needs to involve the other social agents working in the community, align itself with the Community of Navarre’s Smart Specialisation Strategy and integrate itself within an international context. It is the university community as a whole which must achieve these ends.
The university is devoted to the generation, dissemination and transfer of cultural, scientific and technical knowledge. Its key functions are teaching, research and the generation of knowledge in its surrounding environment.
The Public University of Navarre is committed to the all-round development of individuals as a means of promoting sustainable development and improving the quality of life of our society, generating and offering a space for free and open thought.
The university’s commitment to teaching and the European Higher Education Area has led to the creation of 25 Bachelor’s degree courses (18 of which include specialisms), 6 double Bachelor’s degree courses, 10 international programmes, 28 Master’s degree courses (5 of which permit access to regulated professions), 1 double Master’s degree course, 15 PhD programmes and 45 in-house qualifications.
The quality of teaching at the university is highly valued by its students. 80% of its Bachelor’s graduates and 81% of its Master’s graduates would recommend the UPNA to other people (Graduates Survey, 2020).
Together with another nineteen Spanish public universities, the UPNA is in the third highest ranked group for teaching performance (2021 ISSUE ranking, BBVA-IVIE).
The university has developed and adapted the qualifications it offers. With almost 50% new degrees in the last ten years, placing it seventh out of the 48 public universities analysed, the intensity with which it renews and adapts its educational offer is evident (2021 ISSUE ranking, BBVA-IVIE).
The courses on offer are tailored to the university’s socio-economic environment: 92.2% of Bachelor’s degree and 90.6% of Master’s degree graduates find work within three years of completing their studies (Graduate Survey, 2020). Bearing in mind that many Bachelor’s degree graduates progress to a Master’s degree, some of which qualify them to exercise regulated professions, and, therefore, do not enter the job market until a later date, both figures, in their context, reflect a good rate of employability.
Teaching, research and transfer are carried out through 106 research groups, comprising more than 1,100 researchers. Teaching and research are structured around four faculties, two schools, a doctoral school and eleven departments.
In its drive for competitiveness, the UPNA has created six research institutes: Institute of Smart Cities (ISC), Institute for Advanced Materials and Mathematics (INAMAT2), Institute for Advanced Research in Business and Economics (INARBE), Institute for Innovation and Sustainable Development in the Food Chain (IS-FOOD), Institute for Advanced Social Research (I-COMMUNITAS) and Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB). It also participates in Navarrabiomed (a joint centre with the Government of Navarre’s Department of Health).
The UPNA conducts leading-edge basic research in many fields, stimulating the economic and social development of its immediate environment and the conversion of research into innovation. The 2021 CyD U-Multirank ranking recognises the UPNA as one of the five-strong group of universities which contribute the most to regional development in the country.
As for the research excellence index, measured by the percentage of papers included in the 10% most cited, the UPNA scores above the average (with 9.00, compared to the average of 8.15) and in the top group (above the 66th percentile) of universities with the best results.
Likewise, it belongs to the group of high-performing universities according to the indicator of university teaching staff dedicated to research, measured by the national patents granted to each Spanish university per professor with PhD (2021 CyD ranking).
The UPNA is the headquarters of the Group 9 Universities (G-9), an association of the Spanish public universities which are alone in their respective autonomous communities: Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Illes Balears, La Rioja, Oviedo, Basque Country, Public University of Navarre and Zaragoza. Altogether, the universities in the association account for some 178.117 non-distance students (figures for the academic year 2019-2020). The association's aim is to strengthen the relationship between the universities belonging to the group and promote teaching and research collaboration in their university community.
The UPNA is also part, together with the universities of Zaragoza, La Rioja and Lleida, of the Campus Iberus, distinguished by the Ministry of Education as a Campus of International Excellence (CEI). The project is based on three areas of specialisation: materials and technology to enhance quality of life (with two branches: technology for health, and energy and the environment); agrifood and nutrition; and memory, heritage and identities.
Meanwhile, in order to boost links with business and society, the UPNA and the University-Society Foundation have signed numerous agreements with institutions and social and business organisations. 317 companies took part in the placement and internship programmes for students and graduates in 2020.
When it comes to internationalisation, one of the most relevant aspects of the university is the mobility of its students, teaching staff and service and administration staff. In the last four academic years, some 1,551 undergraduates (5% of the total) have studied at other universities in more than 82 countries around the world. For its part, the UPNA has received an average of 270 foreign students every year. Considering its size, these figures place the university in an impressive position among those Spanish universities with the highest levels of international mobility.
It should also be noted that 23% of our graduates in the academic year 2019-20 took part in mobility programmes. The university has agreements with 193 universities (Erasmus, Palafox, Solidarity Training, Bilateral Agreement, Martin de Rada, Doctorate and SICUE programmes) and 32 countries to allow students, teachers, researchers and administration and service staff to study and work abroad.
As for the teaching staff, the UPNA’s research groups are in permanent contact with groups based in other countries, working together, releasing joint publications, creating patents and actively participating in international forums and conferences. All this places the UPNA in the top group of Spanish non-distance public universities, above the 66th percentile, in terms of publications cited in patents, as measured by the percentage of publications cited in the references of at least one international patent (2021 CyD ranking).