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Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses
Motto Inspiring Futures
Type Private
Established 1958; 60 years ago (1958)
Dean Alfons Sauquet (ESADE Business School) Eduardo Berché (ESADE Law School)
Director Eugènia Bieto Caubet
Academic staff
1,117 [1]
Administrative staff
377 [1]
Students 8,452 (Business & Law)[1]
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Campus Not so Urban
Website ESADE

The Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE) is a Jesuit educational institution within the Ramon Llull University, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ESADE runs two schools of the university, ESADE Business School and ESADE Law School, as well as a language center, the ESADE Executive Language Center.

ESADE follows an applied teaching methodology, which is based on the development of professional and management skills with campuses in Barcelona Pedralbes, Barcelona Sant Cugat, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. ESADE has been awarded the Triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The school has also formed a strategic alliance with the Ramon Llull University in its undergraduate programmes in Law and Business.


Building 3 at Esplugues avenue

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.[2]

In 1958, ESADE was ultimately founded. Two years later, in 1960, executive education programmes were introduced. In 1964 the college's MBA programme was established. A year later, in 1965, ESADE's Barcelona campus (Av. Pedralbes) opened (Building I), as well as the Executive Language Centre. In 1993, ESADE Law School opened. In 2001, the school inaugurated its campus in Madrid (Chamartín), and two years later its campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both are primarily used for executive education. In 2009 ESADE opened a new campus in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) as well as ESADE Creapolis, a technology park based on open innovation and situated on the new Sant Cugat campus.[2]

Today ESADE's campuses, if the premises in both Madrid and Barcelona are included, cover an area of 30,000m2.


ESADE has continuously been ranked among the best schools in Spain, Europe, and the World. El Mundo ranked them #1 in Spain for International Business Law as well as for its Bachelor in Law, while also ranking them #2 in Spain for its program in Business Administration and International Business law. ESADE has been ranked 2nd in Europe for salary progression by The Economist, as well as 1st in the world for graduate career progress by the Financial Times. ESADE programs have been ranked as follow by major ranking publisher such as the Financial Times and The Economist:

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
FT - Master in Management 10th 6th 12th 9th 8th
The Economist - Master in Management 10th
FT - Master in Finance 5th 2nd 2nd 6th 13th
FT - European Business Schools 6th 8th

ESADE Creapolis


ESADE Creapolis is a joint venture between ESADE, a consortium of Spanish financial institutions, local government institutions and business associations. The organisation manages a technology and innovation park on the ESADE campus in Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

It is an open innovation center promoted by ESADE business school, where companies, students, the academic community and scientists come together with the aim of promoting both creativity and innovation. ESADE Creapolis also has a Business Incubator, a place where new business ideas and market opportunities are given all necessary support to create new companies and to accelerate them.

Between 2005 and 2008 ESADE Creapolis invested €70 Million in its facilities in Sant Cugat[3] and has since become home to various start-ups.

ESADE Creapolis acts as a knowledge broker, bringing together the ideas of the participating organisations and the ESADE research community. The methodology for knowledge creation and transfer is based on the principles of Open Innovation.[4]


25th anniversary tribute to founders, in 2014

ESADE's counts over 48,000 alumni of 105 different nationalities. They live in 115 different countries, with many of them holding posts of responsibility in an array of companies and organizations.[5] The objectives of ESADE's official alumni association include contributing to the improvement of alumni professional skills, favouring social relationships and cooperation among members, and orienting members' career development.

The ESADE alumni association is self-governing, with 33 international chapters and 20 functional/sector-specific clubs. Each of the chapters and the clubs is organized by a board of ESADE alumni in the respective country or sector.[5] In 2014 celebrated its 25th anniversary and awards Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen automobile group.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "ESADE Annual Report" (PDF). ESADE. Retrieved July 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "ESADE History". ESADE. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "ESADE Creapolis invests €70 Million in Sant Cugat del Vallès". 2005-10-27. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "ESADE Creapolis Methdology". ESADE Creapolis. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "ESADE Alumni, ESADE students". Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Esade Alumni premia al presidente del grupo Volkswagen por su trayectoria". La Vanguardia. 2014-05-14. 

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