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Universidad de Navarra

University of Navarra
Universidad de Navarra
The university logo
Latin: Universitas Studiorum Navarrensis
Established October 17, 1952
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Chancellor Javier Echevarría
President Alfonso Sánchez Tabernero
Academic staff 1,924 (1,502 professors, and 422 TAs)
Admin. staff 969 (576 in Pamplona)
Undergraduates 10,153 (c. 558 foreigners)
Postgraduates 4,667 (938 foreigners)
Location Pamplona, Spain
Campus Five campuses: Pamplona (279.2 acres), San Sebastián, Madrid, Barcelona, and New York City.
Affiliations Catholic Church

The University of Navarra is a private pontifical university based at the southeast border of Pamplona, Spain. It was founded in 1952 by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, as a corporate work of the apostolate of Opus Dei.

Through its four campuses (Pamplona, San Sebastián, Madrid and Barcelona), the University confers 27 official library system contains over 1.1 million books.

In 2012, the New York Times considered the University of Navarra's IESE as one of the Top 50 Universities in the world, situated in 34th place at the ranking.[1]


The institution began as Estudio General de Navarra on October 17, 1952 with the inauguration of its School of Law with 48 students and eight professors under the direction of Josemaría Escrivá. The founder wished the future university "... to be a place where people acquire a high level of learning and a Christian outlook on life. We want it to be a place which encourages deep thought and reflection, so that learning is soundly rooted in true principles, and shines its light along all the paths of knowledge."

After founding its School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1955 and its graduate business school, IESE, in 1958, the Estudio General de Navarra was established as a university by The Holy See on August 6, 1960, and received official accreditation from the State of Spain on September 8, 1962.

Since gaining university status, the university has gone by the name of Universidad de Navarra and has established several other schools and academic centers.

During all its years of functioning, it has suffered six terrorist attacks with bombs carried out by ETA being the last one on 30 October 2008,[2] that left 17 people injured.[3]

Government appointments of Professors

  • Prof. Peru on July 20, 2006

Notable rankings

The Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist magazine, in its 2005 and 2006 rankings of MBA programs, ranks the University of Navarra's business school, IESE, as having the best MBA program in the world.

  • The Times in its 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement ranked the University of Navarra as the top private university in Spain
  • El Mundo, in its 2006/2007 "Spain Best Universities Annual Report", ranks the University of Navarra as the best private university in Spain, and has consistently ranked it as such in the past.

Among both public and private universities, its undergraduate journalism course ranked #1, its undergraduate audio-visual communications and humanities courses #2; its undergraduate nursing, pharmacy, medicine, nutrition, and public relations courses #3; its undergraduate architecture and industrial engineering courses #4; and undergraduate business administration and management, law, telecom engineering, and social work courses #5.

250 Master" ranking of Spanish masters programs, ranks Navarra's

  • MSc in Drug Research and Development #1 in their categories;
  • MSc in Media Management #2 in their categories; and
  • MA in Liberal Arts (specializations available in European Studies, Spanish Golden Age Literature, Medieval Studies, Spanish History, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Spanish Literature, Cultural Management, History of Art, Journalism, Public Relations, Economics, Law, Education, and/or Political and Social Studies) #3 in its category.

*Encyclopædia Britannica in its 1973 edition ranks it as the best university in Spain[4]

Notable alumni

  • Isabel Aguilera, Executive Management Program Certificate - CEO, Google Spain and Portugal "Google Iberia"
  • Antonio Arregui Yarza, Doctor of (Civil) Laws - Archbishop of Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Yolanda Barcina Angulo, degree in Pharmacy 1982, Doctor in Pharmacy 1984 - Pharmacy professor, Mayor of Pamplona, Spain, and President of the Government of Navarra, Spain
  • Alfredo Biel Castán, MBA - CEO, Bonsai Technologies group, S.A.
  • Ruben Bonet, MBA - CEO, Fractus
  • Javier Cebrián Sagarriga, MBA - Chairman, Bonsai Technologies group, S.A.
  • Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) - Cardinal Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru.
  • John A. Corapi, SOLT, Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) 1994 - Famous Catholic evangelist
  • Juan Costa Climent, B.LL. - former Secretary of State of Commerce and Tourism (2000–2004), and former Minister of Science and Technology (2003–2004), Government of Spain under the administration of José María Aznar López
  • Isidre Fainé Casas, Chairman La Caixa, Caixabank, Obra Social La Caixa and Fundació La Caixa
  • Iñaki Gabilondo Pujol, Licentiate in Journalism c. 1963 - News director, Cuatro
  • Ricardo García García, Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) 1985 - Bishop-Prelate of the Prelature of Yauyos, Peru
  • Félix Guerrero Igea, degree in Industrial Engineering - President, Gestlink, S.A.
  • Antonio González-Adalid García-Zozaya, MBA 1976 – Chairman, Enagás S.A.
  • Jacobo González-Robatto, E-MBA 1986 – CEO, Barclays Spain
  • Luis Hernández de Cabanyes, MBA – Chairman, Renta Corporación
  • José Horacio Gomez, B.A. in Theology (Rome campus) 1978, Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) 1980 - Archbishop of Los Angeles, United States
  • Julián Herranz Casado, Doctor of Medicine - former Cardinal President, Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
  • Miguel Ángel Liso, Licentiate in Information Science - Editorial Director, Grupo ZETA
  • William MacDonald, MBA – CEO, Lazard Asesores Financieros S.A.
  • C. John McCloskey III, STD - Catholic priest of Opus Dei
  • Jorge "Jordi" Mercader Miró, MBA 1969 – Chairman, Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona, S.A. (Grupo Agbar)
  • Rev. Prof. Domènec Melé, Ph. D. in Theology - Chair, Department of Business Ethics, IESE Business School
  • Amparo Moraleda Martínez, MBA – President of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel, and Turkey
  • Joaquín Navarro-Valls, Doctor of Psychiatry 1960, degree in Journalism 1968, degree in Sciences of Communication 1980 - former Director (1984–2006), Vatican Press Office, The Holy See
  • Francisco Polti Santillan, Law degree (post-graduate) 1963 - Bishop of Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • Jaume Pujol Balcells, Doctor in Sciences of Education & Doctor in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) - Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain
  • Pedro J. Ramírez, Licentiate (equivalent to US or UK bachelor) in Journalism 1973 - Founder, journalist, and editor-in-chief of El Mundo newspaper
  • Javier Robles, PDG (General Management Program) 1990 – President, Danone Spain
  • Juan Antonio Ugarte Perez, Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.) - Archbishop of Cuzco, Peru
  • María del Pino Velázquez, MBA 1991 – CEO, Unisono
  • Carmen Valera, MBA - CEO, Burson-Marsteller Spain
  • Alberto Ortega Venzor, Doctor of Philosophy & Letters - Director of the President's Office of Public Policy and 6th ranking member on the President's Cabinet, Presidency of Vicente Fox, Government of Mexico
  • Ruth Kelly, former UK Secretary of State for Transport.
  • Pedro Miguel Echenique, physicist, Prince of Asturias Award
  • Ramón Calderón, former president of Real Madrid
  • Hector Zagal - Mexican philosopher.
  • Enrique García-Máiquez - Spanish poet.
  • Pablo Zalba - Spanish Politician and member of the European Parliament.
  • Jose Mario B. Maximiano - featured as one of the foremost achievers in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2011, former Dean of La Consolacion College, Manila, Philippines.

External links

  • Official English language Website
  • El Mundo 2007/2008 Ranking of Spain's Private Universities
  • Ranking of Spain's Master Programs
  • Economist Intelligence Unit's 2006 MBA rankings
  • U. of Navarra site at
  • Article of Msgr. Javier Echevarría on the University of Navarre, published in the weekly Alfa y Omega


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