itdUPM is a network of people and organizations whose aim is to generate both knowledge and practical solutions which facilitate a more sustainable and fair social development, through truly available quality services that are adapted to each particular context.
itdUPM, (Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Technical University of Madrid), has contributed to satisfy the basic needs of some of the poorest communities in Africa and South America, such as access to water and energy, sustainable management of natural resources, basic habitability, application of telecommunications to health and education. In order to ingrain these innovations and to have long-term effects, itdUPM designs and develops jointly actions in which public administrations, NGO’s, business industries and international organizations collaborate side by side.
About the Technical University of Madrid
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) was founded in 1971 when historical academic colleges, (ascribed to different institutions), were merged. There are almost 40.000 students enrolled in its more than 20 colleges, which are mainly technical ones. It is the Spanish academic institution with the largest participation in R+D programs granted by the EU. UPM has an extensive collaboration network with universities and research institutions from all over the world.
The increasing involvement of the UPM in the international cooperation system is the result of a strong strategic commitment. Since the late nineties, this university has driven applied research in human development, through programs that have been financed both with in-house funding as well as with funds provided by development agencies and international organizations.