In 2009, in the Spanish Ministry of Education's first round of International Campus of Excellence designations, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC), together with the University of Barcelona (UB), was granted the recognition for the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC) project.
In the 2010 call, the University strengthened its position as an International Campus of Excellence with the UPC Energy Campus project. These two knowledge ecosystems are aimed at promoting employability, social cohesion and regional economic development. By interacting with research centres, science and technology parks, companies and other agents, the UPC is seeking to become a hub that attracts talent and resources: students, researchers and scientific facilities.