Past & future
The EUETIB is a historical academic institution dedicated to technical instruction. For Barcelona it is just the Escola Industrial (The Industrial School).
The Industrial School of Barcelona was promoted by the Mancomunitat de Catalunya and was established by the Royal Act March 30th, 1904. Thus, the School was the answer to the availability of technicians the industrialization of Catalonia was demanding since the end of the 19th century. That school was the predecessor of the present EUETIB, which today is still located in the same grounds.
The structure and organization of the School experienced deep changes in accordance to the political unrest of the 20th century. However, it remained instructing technicians under different names for the School as well as for the degrees (Peritos Industriales, Ingenieros Técnicos, etc.).
In 1974 the School was attached to the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC). In 1998 the integration process was started by means of the CEIB (Consorci Escola Industrial de Barcelona) consortium.
Presently, the EUETIB figures are some 2,300 students, nearly 200 faculty members and researchers, and 60 administrative staff members. The different EUETIB departments and research groups have contacts and agreements with Universities all over the world.
The immediate future for the EUETIB is defined by two key challenges and opportunities:
- The European Higher Education Area
- The future Campus at the new technological and business district in Barcelona
The creation of the European Higher Education Area not only means the definition of new degrees, but also demands a deep change in the teaching paradigm (active learning, life-long learning within multicultural and multidisciplinary contexts), to which the EUETIB actively committed.
The new Besós Technical Campus is aimed at fostering more and better relations between academic institutions and companies through their common needs in instruction and R&D. Both, the campus and the district, are signs of Barcelona’s new technical step ahead into the 21st century, as the Industrial School was to the 20th century. Accordingly, the future EUETIB reallocation is also a symbol for the transition from the industrial production paradigm of the 20th century to the knowledge and sustainability paradigm of the 21st century.
The knowledge leading vectors for the new campus are: Energy, Water and Mobility.