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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
Website ESADE

The Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE) is a private 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

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

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[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "ESADE Annual Report" (PDF). ESADE. Retrieved July 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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  3. ^ a b "ESADE History". ESADE. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "ESADE Creapolis invests €70 Million in Sant Cugat del Vallès". 2005-10-27. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "ESADE Creapolis Methdology". ESADE Creapolis. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 

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