The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) was created in 2002 on an initiative of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Universitat de Girona (UdG), Universitat de Lleida (UdL), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). The ACUP’s main purpose is to be the principal voice of the universities of Catalonia and combine efforts to promote initiatives, programmes and joint projects with the aim of improving the university system and ensuring that it spearheads social, cultural and economic development.
The rectors represent their universities in the General Assembly of the ACUP, which is the executive body of the Association. The ACUP presidency rotates annually among the university rectors. Furthermore, since 2008, the Presidents of the Boards of Trustees of the member universities have been added as members of the General Assembly.
The main objective of the ACUP is sum up the forces of the public universities of Catalonia to promote joint initiatives, programs and projects with the aim of improving the university system