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University of Navarra
Universidad de Navarra
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Latin: Universitas Studiorum Navarrensis
Established October 17, 1952
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Chancellor Javier Echevarría
Rector Ángel José Gómez Montoro
Faculty 1,924 (1,502 professors, and 422 TAs)
Staff 969 (576 in Pamplona)
Undergraduates 10,153 (c. 558 foreigners)
Postgraduates 4,667 (938 foreigners)
Location Pamplona, Spain
Campus Four campuses: Pamplona (279.2 acres), San Sebastián, Madrid, and Barcelona
Affiliations CRUE,Opus Dei, Catholic Church
Website www.unav.edu

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. It is widely considered Spain's top private university, and is also ranked among the most distinguished institutions of higher education in Europe.

Through its four campuses (Pamplona, San Sebastián, Madrid and Barcelona), the University confers 27 official degrees and administers more than 300 postgraduate programs (including 33 doctoral programs and 13 master's programs) through 10 schools, 2 superior colleges, 2 university schools, its world-renowned graduate business school, IESE ("Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa"; in English: "International Graduate School of Management" or "Institute of Higher Business Studies"), ISSA ("Instituto Superior de Secretariado y Administracion"; engl.: Superior Institute of Secretarial and Administrative Studies), and other centers and institutions. The university also runs one of Spain's most distinguished teaching hospitals and the largest medical research center in Spain called CIMA, as well as various community outreach and volunteer initiatives. In addition, the University's library system, containing over 1.1 million books, is one of Europe's finest collections.

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History

Central building of the University of Navarra

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 the 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 functioning it has suffered six terrorist attacks with bombs carried out by ETA being the last one the 30 of October 2008,[1] that left 17 people injured.[2]

Government appointments of Professors

Notable rankings

IESE Business School of the University of Navarra: A top business school, according to Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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 infirmary, 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.

El Mundo, in its 2007/2008 "250 Master" ranking of Spanish masters programs, ranks Navarra's

  • For more information on Navarra's master's degrees, click here.

Notable alumni

CIMA, the famed medical research center of the University of Navarra
  • 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
  • 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 San Antonio, United States
  • Julián Cardinal Herranz Casado, Doctor of Medicine - Former President, Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, The Holy See & Titular Archbishop of Vertara, Italy
  • 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
    Teaching hospital of the University of Navarra
  • 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.

External links

References

  1. ^ Un coche bomba en el aparcamiento de la Universidad de Navarra causa heridas leves a 17 personas, El Pais
  2. ^ Der Spiegel: Car Bomb in Spain Injures 17, october 10, 2008
  3. ^ article "Opus Dei", Micropaedia

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