|Arrasate / Mondragon|
|Autonomous Community||Basque Country|
|Founded||May 15, 1260|
|• Mayor||Inocencia Galparsoro Markaide (ANV)|
|• Total||30.80 km2 (11.89 sq mi)|
|• Density||715.16/km2 (1,852.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (GMT +1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (GMT +2) (UTC)|
|Area code(s)||+34 943|
Arrasate / Mondragón (Basque and Spanish official names, Mondragoe is an unofficial Basque name) - is a town and municipality in Gipuzkoa province, Basque Country, Spain. Its population on 31 December 2007 was 22,112.
It is known mainly as the place of origin of the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the world's largest worker cooperative, whose foundation was inspired in the 1940s by Father José María Arizmendiarrieta. In 2002 the MCC contributed 3.7% towards the total GDP of the Basque Country and 7.6% to the industrial GDP. The valley of the High Deba where it is located enjoyed a high level of employment in the 1980s while the rest of the Basque industrial areas suffered from the steel crisis.
Noted poverty expert and sociology professor Barbara J. Peters (Southampton College, Long Island University) has studied the incorporated and entirely resident-owned Basque town of Mondragón, Spain. "In Mondragón, I saw no signs of poverty. I saw no signs of extreme wealth," Peters said. "I saw people looking out for each other…..It's a caring form of capitalism.”
Mondragon also serves as base of Mondragon University, a private university created on 1997, which is heavily connected with the MCC companies. Almost all the graduates find their first job within 3 months after completing their studies due to this strong link.
Mondragon University is divided into engineering, humanities and enterprise faculties. The faculty of engineering is both at Mondragon and Goierri. The humanities faculty is located in Eskoriatza, and the enterprise faculty is located in Bidasoa and Oñati. The current student enrollment is approximately 3,500, and is rapidly growing. The majority of the students are from Gipuzkoa and surrounding villages, although in the last few years, the number of students from Bilbao, San Sebastián and the Basque Country capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz, has increased significantly.
Mondragón in Film
- General information of Arrasate/Mondragón (Spanish)
- Pictures of Arrasate/Mondragón in FLICKR
- Municipality pages in Basque and Spanish
- Mondragon University homepage
- ARRASATE/MONDRAGÓN in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) Information available in Spanish
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