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Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas

Logo of the ESADE
Established 1958
Type Private
Dean Alfons Sauquet (ESADE Business School), Pedro Mirosa (ESADE Law School)
Director Carlos Losada
Staff 1,215[1]
Students 8,527 (Business & Law)[1]
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
41°23′N 2°11′E / 41.383°N 2.183°E / 41.383; 2.183
Campus Urban

The Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) is a college associated to the Ramon Llull University located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ESADE is composed of three departments; the ESADE Business School, the ESADE Executive Language Center and the ESADE Law School. ESADE follows an applied teaching methodology, which is based on the development of professional and management skills and abilities. ESADE has campuses in Buenos Aires, Argentina ,Madrid, Spain and São Paulo, Brazil. As one of only 35 business schools worldwide, the ESADE Business School has earned the prestigious Triple accreditation. As of summer 2008, ESADE had over 11,000 students (University Programmes: 3,073, Business School: 5,454, Executive Language Center: 3,190) and had collaboration agreements with over 100 universities worldwide.[1] Most notably, ESADE has formed a strategic alliance with the Ramon Llull University in its undergraduate programmes in Law and Business. In 2005, ESADE Creapolis, the world's first technology park based on open innovation, was founded and is expected to house 1200 professionals from 50 organizations by 2009.[2]

Partial view of the 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[3] and Barcelona[4] are included, currently covers an area of 30,000m2. A new executive center was opened in 2003 in Buenos Aires, Argentina[5]: the Foundation for Business and Social Development. ESADE is currently creating the ESADE Creapolis,[6] a new campus situated in Sant Cugat del Vallès.


Important Events[7]

  • 1958: ESADE's foundation
  • 1960: Executive Education programmes introduced
  • 1964: MBA programme established
  • 1965: Campus in Barcelona (Av. Pedralbes) opened (Building I)
  • 1965: Executive Language Center opened
  • 1983: Campus in Barcelona (Av. Pedralbes) extended (Building II)
  • 1992: ESADE openes Building III in Barcelona (Av. d'Esplugues)
  • 1993: ESADE Law school opened
  • 2000: Campus in Madrid (Chamartin) opened
  • 2003: Campus in Buenos Aires opened.
  • 2009: ESADE to move to new campus in Sant Cugat (Barcelona)

Mission & Values

ESADE's mission is to:

"[...] promote teaching and research in the areas of Management and Law, in order to contribute to the scientific, social and personal education of individuals who are characterised by a high level of professional competence and fully aware of their responsibility in the development of a society that promotes the dignity of individuals as part of the humanistic and Christian traditions, and in a context of intercultural dialogue."[8]

Its core values[8] are:

  • Acting with integrity in academic and professional endeavors.
  • Respecting individuals, colleagues and oneself and being sensitive to the specific circumstances of others.
  • Valuing diversity positively and learning from differences between individuals, ideas and situations.
  • Searching, sharing and contributing to the common good of the ESADE community.
  • Assuming responsibilities and commitments to create a more just society.

ESADE Business School

MBA and Graduate Degree Programmes

Name Duration (Months) Annual Intake Instruction Language Average Age Average Years of Experience Number of nationalities Cost €
Full Time MBA 12, 15 or 18[9] 180[9] English & Spanish 27[9] 4,5[9] 47[9] 52,000[10]
One year MBA 10[11] 35[11] English 31[11] 7,5[11] 16[11] 47,500[12]
Part Time MBA 20[13] 120[13] Spanish 30[13] 6[13] n/a 49,500[14]
MSc & CEMS MIM 18[15] 35 English 23 *[16] n/a 33 *[16] 27,790[17]
MSc in International Management 10[18] 80[18] English 23 *[16] n/a 33 *[16] 21,790[17]
MSc in Marketing Management 10[19] 60[19] English 23 *[16] n/a 33 *[16] 21,790[17]

- * Average of all MSc Programmes.


Full-time MBA rankings          
  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Wall Street Journal International Programs[20]   1 1 2 3
Business Week International Programs[21] 6   7   4
Financial Times International Rankings[22] 18 21 24 27 35  
  • 2nd: World's best business school for its social and environmental emphasis (Ranking: Beyond Grey Pinstripes, 2006).[23]

Executive Education

ESADE Business School offers a range of programmes aimed at executives and experienced professionals. These programs include Exectutive MBA's, Executive Master programmes and open customized programmes.

Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is taught in cooperation with the McDonough School of Business and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. The course follows a modular structure, with modules taught in the USA, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, India and Russia. The programme length is 16 months.

Executive Master Programmes

Executive Master degree courses are offered in the fields of finance, operations, and sales and marketing.

  • The Executive Master in Operations Management and Service 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 positions 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 new skills while continuing to work.

PhD in Management Sciences

The ESADE Business School offers a PhD programme consisting of two parts:

  • A Master in Research (MRes) (duration: 1 year)
  • A supervised research period (duration: 3 – 4 years)

The instruction language of the PhD programme is English, and the annual intake was around 10 candidates in 2008.

Career services

The ESADE Career Services is a dedicated department, which provides career advisory and guidance services to ESADE students and alumni and manages the worldwide employer network of ESADE. Every year the ESADE Career Services manages 2.500 job offerings from 1.200 prestigious international organizations.[24]

The outstanding work of the ESADE Career Services was recognized repeatedly by internationally renowned organizations:

International Opportunities

The student body at ESADE is highly international. A typical 18-month MBA class consists of 30% students from Spain, 22% students from other European countries, 30% students from Latin America, 11% students from North America, and the remaining 7% from Asia and other areas.

Exchange Programmes

Over half the students apply for the international Exchange Programme. The Exchange Programme lets students take part of their MBA, MSc or undergraduate degree at one of the international partner institutions.

International Seminars

Subject-specific short-term international programmes are conducted in cooperation with ESADE's partner institutions. Those include entrepreneurship seminars at Babson College and Chinese business seminars at Peking University.

Double Degrees

Ten percent of ESADE students pursue a double degree. Candidates begin the course in Barcelona by focusing on the foundations of business strategy and management and on improving their Spanish and/or English language skills. 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.

International Partnerships

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.

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 worldwide recognition from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • Executive MBA Council [1]: member of the Executive MBA Council, an international association whose aim is to foster excellence in Executive MBA programmes.

ESADE Law School

The Law School was created in 1992 in order to train legal professionals capable of coping with the challenges posed by globalization. The law school is situated on the ESADE campus in Barcelona and has offshoots in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Casablanca.

Along with some of the best European universities, the ESADE 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 1st in Spain by the Spanish media in 2004, 2005 and 2006.[27]

ESADE Executive Language Center

The ESADE Executive Language Center offers a selection of part-time, full-time and custom language programmes in Spanish, English, French and German. The ESADE Executive Language Center is located on the ESADE Campus in Barcelona and has currently 3,190 students enrolled.[1]

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. Many alumni work in fields such as investment banking, marketing, operations, finance, and general management.

See also: Category:ESADE alumni

ESADE Creapolis

ESADE Creapolis is a joint venture between ESADE, a consortium of Spanish financial institutions, and local government institutions and business associations. The organization manages a technology and innovation park on the ESADE campus in Barcelona. Between 2005 and 2008 ESADE Creapolis invested €70 Million in its facilities in Sant Cugat[28]. From 2009, the park will be housing more than 50 organizations with more than 1200 professionals [29]. ESADE Creapolis acts as a knowledge broker, bringing together the ideas of the participating organizations and the ESADE research community. The methodology for knowledge creation and transfer is based on the principles of Open Innovation[30].


  1. ^ a b c d "ESADE Key Facts". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ "ESADE Creapolis Ecosystem". ESADE Creapolis. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ "ESADE-Madrid". 
  4. ^ "ESADE-Pedralbès (Barcelona)". 
  5. ^ "ESADE-Buenosaires". 
  6. ^ "ESADE-Sant Cugat (Barcelona)/Creaopolis (video available)". 
  7. ^ "ESADE History". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  8. ^ a b "ESADE Declaration of Values". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "ESADE Full Time MBA Student Profile". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  10. ^ "ESADE Full Time MBA Tuition Fees". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "ESADE One Year MBA Student Profile". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  12. ^ "ESADE One Year MBA Tuition Fees". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  13. ^ a b c d "ESADE Part Time MBA Student Profile". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  14. ^ "ESADE Part Time MBA Tuition Fees". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  15. ^ "MSc and CEMS Facts". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "MSc Facts". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  17. ^ a b c "MSc Tuition". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  18. ^ a b "MSc in International Management Facts". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  19. ^ a b "MSc in Marketing Management Facts". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  20. ^ "Wall Street Journal MBA rankings". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  21. ^ "Businessweek MBA rankings". Businessweek. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  22. ^ "Financial Times MBA rankings". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  23. ^ "Beyond Grey Pinstripes - CSR ranking". 
  24. ^ "ESADE Career Services". ESADE. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  25. ^ "Wall Street Journal Recruiter’s Scorecard 2006". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  26. ^ "Financial Times ranking MIM 2007". Financial Times. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  27. ^ "El Mundo Law School Ranking 2006". El Mundo. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  28. ^ "ESADE Creapolis invests €70 Million in Sant Cugat del Vallès (in Spanish)". La Gaceta de los Negocios. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  29. ^ "ESADE Creapolis About". ESADE Creapolis. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  30. ^ "ESADE Creapolis Methdology". ESADE Creapolis. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 

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Coordinates: 41°23′29″N 2°06′42″E / 41.39139°N 2.11167°E / 41.39139; 2.11167


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