ESADE is an academic institution containing a business school and Law School. The institution is based on the development of professional and management skills and abilities.

The two educational areas are:

* ESADE Business School: Undergraduate, MSc´in Management, with MBA and Executive Education programs geared toward management development.
* ESADE Law School: Undergraduate, post-graduate degrees.

The institution is currently incorporated to the Ramon Llull University. ESADE has over 6,000 students among its various centres and has signed collaboration agreements with over 100 universities world-wide.


ESADE Campus

The ESADE project was conceived in the spring of 1954 by a group of Spanish professionals and entrepreneurs who later founded the university. The school signed an agreement with the Jesuits (Societas Iesu) in October 1958 and started offering its first academic programs in a small building in the district of Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.

Since then, ESADE has steadily grown in size and the range of courses, leading to the enlargement of its installations to create a campus which, if the premises in both Madrid [cite web|title=ESADE-Madrid|url=] and Barcelona [cite web|title=ESADE-Pedralbès (Barcelona)|url=] are included, currently covers an area of 30,000m2. A new executive center was opened in 2003 in Buenos Aires, Argentina [cite web|title=ESADE-Buenosaires|url=] : the Foundation for Business and Social Development.ESADE is currently creating the ESADE-Creapolis, [cite web|title=ESADE-Sant Cugat (Barcelona)/Creaopolis (video available)|url=] a new campus situated in Sant Cugat del Vallès, originally a market town but now an overspill area for Barcelona.


The stated mission is to: "advance education and research in business management and law; contribute to the scientific, social and humanistic training of highly skilled individuals; foster individual dignity based on Christian traditions, and on intercultural dialogue". Other strands in ESADE's culture, consonant with those above, are its defense of market economics, academic independence, and its opposition to monopolistic practices. ESADE, as a Barcelona-based institution, has historically played an important role in advancing Catalonia's economic interests.


* 1958: The year of its fundation, ESADE provisionally occupied a period-detached house in Passatge de Josep Llovera in Barcelona
* 1960: Executive program created
* 1964: MBA program begun
* 1965: ESADE opened its first building in the university area of Pedralbes. The design of the building, which highlighted its functional aspects, was declared to be of outstanding social interest.
* 1965: Language school opened
* 1983: the ESADE campus in Pedralbes was extended with the construction of Building 2 to house classrooms and a library. The library was designated the repository of the documentary sources of UNESCO.
* 1992: ESADE opened Building 3, an avant-guarde construction which would house the Business School and the Executive Language Centre.
* 1993: Law school opened
* 2000: The ESADE campus in Madrid was opened in the business district of Chamartin.
* 2003: ESADE opened a new campus in Buenos Aires
* 2009: ESADE to open new campus in San Cugat (Barcelona) and ESADE Creapolis

ESADE Business School

Infobox University
name = ESADE Business School
established = 1958

city = Barcelona/Madrid
country = Spain
type = Business School
website =
dean = Alfons Sauquet []
campus = Urban
address = Av. Pedralbes, 60-62,
Barcelona 08034

MBA Programs

18-month or Full-time MBA

ESADE offers an internationally-focused program in Spanish and English for those with at least two years of business experience.

* Key figures:
**18-month programme
**80 electives subjects
**Intake of 115 students
**Student profile: an average age of 28 and 5 years' professional experience, 70% of the students are from overseas, from 30 different countries

One-Year MBA

The English-only MBA program is offered to those with five or more years of business experience and an education in economics or business.

*Key figures:
**10-month programme
**80 optional subjects
**Student profile: an average age of 32 and 7 years' professional experience, 100% of the students are from overseas

Part-Time MBA

The part-time MBA program is offered for those with a minimum of three years of business experience.

*Key figures:
**20-month programme
**80 optional subjects
**Intake of 120 students
**Student profile: an average age of 29 and 5.2 years' professional experience
**Imparted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and alternate Saturdays

Executive MBA

This MBA is at the school's campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and is designed to be compatible with students simultaneously working as managers.

*Key figures:
**18-month programme
**Imparted on Friday evenings Saturday mornings


* 2nd: World's best business school for its social and environmental emphasis (Ranking: Beyond Grey Pinstripes [cite web|title=Beyond Grey Pinstripes - CSR ranking|url= ] , 2006).

Executive education

The executive education includes customized programs. Its design team consists of ESADE faculty members and senior executives from the client student's firm.

Executive masters

The Master's degrees course covers the fields of finance, operation, and sales and marketing.

The Master in Financial Management is aimed at those in the finance field.

The Master in Operations Management and Services Management is aimed at those working in the Operations field. The faculty members combine university training with business practice in both public and private companies, and hold posts of responsibility in the management and consulting fields. Students usually hold academic and professional qualifications, as well as business experience.

The Executive Master in Sales and Marketing is designed for working executives. It has a mix of residential modules and distance learning sessions, enabling the students to develop a career path while continuing to work. The program has a focus in marketing and sales management.


* 1st: Best International Business School (Ranking: Wall Street Journal, Sept 2007)
* 3rd: Best International Business School for open and custom-designed courses for businesses (Ranking: América Economía, October 2005)
* 5th: Best European Business School and 16th world-wide for custom designed courses (Ranking: BusinessWeek, October 2005)
* 21st world-wide for global MBA rankings( Ranking: The Financial Times, 2008)

Career services

Given the relatively small program size, Career Services is able to provide a high degree of individual attention. It works closely with students to identify goals and design action plans to meet them. The team's aim is to provide lasting skills that will help students effectively manage their careers over both the short and long terms.Although working as an integrated service, support to candidates falls under three main heads: Employer Relations, Advice & Guidance and the Career Resource Center (CRC).

This office has an "Employer Relations team" that is in contact with the international business community and travels to develop relationships and promote candidate profiles. In 2005, the office managed over 4,000 internship and job advertisements from 1,500 organizations around the world. These companies recruit students from ESADE to provide management-minded professionals through multiple channels.

An effective career search has clear goals and objectives that are implemented early following a precise action plan. Readily available to provide students with personalised attention, the Advice & Guidance team helps candidates develop and meet their professional objectives and has developed the Career Management Programme to do just that.

A Career Resource Centre houses the following resources:
* Databases to perform industry research
* Trade directories to find specific company information including Bloomberg
* Company archives including annual reports and company brochures
* A library covering all career development aspects
* Business-specific and job market-related press and magazines
* Vault and WetFeet Guides
* Resources for working abroad including work permit information


The student body at ESADE comes from a variety of countries around the world. The English programs are, as one would expect, particularly diverse.

The 18-month MBA's class profile includes 30% of students from ESADE's home country of Spain, 22% from other European countries, 30% from Latin America, 11% from North America, and the remaining 7% from Asia and other areas. Over half the students apply for the Exchange Programme. Ten percent of students pursue a double degree. The remainder, together with the students taking the one-year MBA, go to the Global Residency week at Georgetown University.

The university also has an "International Week", during which students to one of ESADE's partner schools for one or two weeks, where they study themes in the business world under the direction of local faculty members. There are two partnering programmes, one at Babson College that focuses on entrepreneurship, and another at BiMBA at Peking University that focuses on Chinese culture and ways of doing business, both from Chinese and Western perspectives.

A double-degree option is available for students pursuing an international career. Candidates begin the course in Barcelona by focusing on the foundations of business strategy and management and on improving their Spanish and/or English. Candidates who pass this stage to take the second year at outside business school. Students meeting the requirements of both institutions will receive the double degree conferred by ESADE and its partnering business school.

The school has one European partner, the HEC School of Management in Paris. It also has four US partners, including the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin, and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University. The school's Latin-American partners include ESAN in Lima, Peru, EGADE (ITESM), INCAE, ITAM, and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Viña del Mar.

The Exchange Programme lets students take part of their MBA at one of the partnering schools. Students study at one of the 58 business schools worldwide in ESADE's exchange network.

International accreditation and awards

* AACSB International: ESADE is the first business school in Spain and the seventh in Europe to receive this recognition from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business honoring the excellence of ESADE management training programs.
* EQUIS: ESADE is recognized by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and is the first school in Spain - and one of the first in Europe - to be awarded accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
* Association of MBAs: ESADE MBA programs have received world-wide recognition from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
* Executive MBA Council [] : member of the Executive MBA Council, an international association whose aim is to foster excellence in Executive MBA programmes.

Faculty Universities

Law School

The Law School was created in 1992 in order to meet the demands of the professional world: to train lawyers capable of coping with the challenges set by the modern legal profession.The school is headquartered in Barcelona and has offshoots in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Casablanca.

Along with some of the best European universities, the Law School created the European Joint Degree in Business Law (THEMIS Programme) and is the only faculty in Spain to offer students the opportunity to obtain this degree, furthermore, it is the only Law School in Spain to have a Professional Council made up of representatives from all legal professions and over 30 internationally renowned Law firms.

The law school has high standing among law firms and scholars in Spain and its programs have been ranked number one in Spain by the Spanish legal media in 2004, 2005 and 2006.( [] and [] )

Undergraduate programs

ESADE's undergraduate programs offer various university programs:

* Combined Undergraduate & Master in Management Programme, which includes the CEMS Masters
* MSc Programmes in Management, initiated during the academic year 2006-2007 and given entirely in English

PhD in Management Sciences

* PhD in Management Sciences, also given in English.
* Master of Research (started 2007/2008)

There are currently 1,350 students enrolled at ESADE. 1,250 are undergraduate students, sixty are attending the MSc Programmes in Management, and forty are Doctoral students.

Alumni association

ESADE has had an official alumni association since 1989. It's objectives include contributing to the improvement of alumni professional skills, favouring social relationships and cooperation among members, and orienting members' career development. The alumni association is self-governing and has 11.500 members. It has a community of 32.000 members from 95 different countries.


External links

* [ Official ESADE website]
* [ ESADE's Business School website]
* [ ESADE's Executive Education website]
* [ ESADE's University Faculties website]
* [ ESADE Alumni website]
* [ HRMS Research at the Institute of Labor Studies(IEL)]
* [ European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS)]

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