The School of Engineering of Orihuela (EPSO) is the oldest university center in the province of Alicante. It is located in a privileged environment, equipped with modern facilities, which are the most extensive of their kind in Spain. A low faculty/student ratio permits personalized attention and ensures an advanced practical and theoretical education. Most of its faculty members are full-time PhDs who belong to research groups that receive significant external funding for their research and produce a significant annual number of scientific and technical publications. This center is a pioneer in teaching innovation, and since 2005 has had its own e-learning platform.
Subject matter related to food production and processing and the use and conservation of natural resources is taught in its new Agro-Food and Agro-Environmental Engineering undergraduate program. This program stands out for its flexible design: two professional competencies corresponding to the regulated profession of technical agricultural engineer can be attained. The Food Science and Technology undergraduate program trains professionals in the most advanced knowledge of food, indispensable for working within this sector, the most important in Spain from a social, economic, and productive point of view. The Master's Degree in Agricultural Engineering affords the professional attributes of an agricultural engineer and is a continuation of the undergraduate agro-food and agro-environmental engineering and agricultural technical engineering programs in all their specialties, which was implemented in the 2014-15 academic year. Furthermore, the EPSO also offers master's programs in Agroecology, Rural development and Agrotourism; Automation and Remote Control for Water and Energy Resources Management; Valuation, Cadastre and Territorial Information Systems; Viticulture and Enology; Management, Treatment and Use of Organic Waste.