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Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, although the majority of its schools are over hundreds of years old and all of them were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Each of them maintained its independence until being grouped together to form the UPM. During over one and a half centuries great part of the history of Spanish technology has been written by the UPM Schools. The UPM has a reputation for the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all its programmes, receiving thousands of students every year and more than 1300 PhD students.

The UPM comprises the school of Architecture, ten different school of engineering including the School of Agronomics engineering, the faculty of Computer Sciences, the faculty of Physical Activity and Sport; and also a couple of associated centers which are the School of Fashion Design of Madrid and the School of Beer and Malt. Our university also has several research institutes on subjects like Solar Energy, Optoelectronics and Microtechnology among others. It counts with 4 campuses: campus Ciudad Universitaria, campus Madrid Ciudad, campus Montegancedo, and campus Sur.

The school of Agronomics Engineering situated in the campus Ciudad Universitaria, is surrounded with green areas that offers a great student environment, it also has access to public transportation and it is possible to get the city center quickly and easily. Madrid and its rich cultural life, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and cafés is a perfect place for social activities. 

The UPM has different Research Groups, one of which is the GESPLAN - Planning and Management of Sustainable Rural Development Research Group. It groups together a set of professors and experienced researchers who have been working in the area of Projects and Planning of the Development during the last 20 years. Among the members of the group there are young researchers and professionals in the fields of agronomy, industrial engineering and economy, who combine teaching and research work with an intense professional life. This expert group has lots of experience in development planning and management, programs evaluation, projects management, and issues related to underdeveloped of countryside. As a Group we collaborate with governments, universities and companies in the elaboration of programs of development in local, regional and national scopes, as well as in diverse works of evaluation of policies related to the regional and rural development of the UE, the education, the investigation, or the cooperation to the development. These relations of collaboration have taken to us to work with international organizations - like the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) or the European Union Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development; national governments - like those of Spain, Mexico, Peru or Uruguay-; or prestigious universities - like Wageningen, Cork, Postgraduates School, Stanford, UC Berkeley, or UC. Los Angeles .