University of Navarra

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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
President Alfonso Sánchez Tabernero
Academic staff
1,569 (900 professors, and 669 adjunct professors)
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 11,180 (c. 681 international)
Postgraduates 1,557 (1,077 international)
Location Pamplona, Spain
Campus Five campuses: Pamplona (279.2 acres), San Sebastián, Madrid, Barcelona, and New York City.
Affiliations CRUE, CASE, Opus Dei, Catholic Church

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.

Through its six campuses (Pamplona, San Sebastián, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich and New York City), the University confers 35 official degrees, 13 double degrees and more than 38 master programs in 14 faculties, 2 university schools, 17 institutes, its 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"; in English: Superior Institute of Secretarial and Administrative Studies), and other centers and institutions.

The university also runs a teaching hospital CUN,[1] where 2,045 qualified professionals handle more than 100,000 patients each year, and medical research centre, CIMA, that focuses on four main areas: Oncology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Sciences, and Gene Therapy and Hepatology.[2]

In 2012, the New York Times ranked the University of Navarra's IESE within Top 50 Universities in the world, placing it at number 34.[3]


Central building of the University of Navarra

The institution was founded as Estudio General de Navarra on October 17, 1952 under the encouragement of Josemaría Escrivá. Its inauguration began with the School of the Law with 48 students and eight professors under the direction of Ismael Sánchez Bella. The founder described the ideals he wanted to transmit in the university:

"We want learned men to be formed here, with a Christian meaning of life; we want this environment, suitable for quiet reflection, to cultivate science rooted in its most solid principles and that light will shine over all the roads of knowledge"

—San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer in 1960 in the ceremony of the award of the title of adoptive son of the city of Pamplona

After the foundation of the Faculty of Philosophy in 1955 and the Business School, IESE, in 1958, the Estudio General de Navarra was established as a university by The Holy See on August 6, 1960, and Escrivá was designated as the Great Chancellor. The university received an official accreditation from the Spanish State, the 8th September 1962.[citation needed]


The University counts with a total of 11,180 students (1,758 international); 8,636 study a degree or bachelor, 1,581 are master students and 963 are PhD students.

In addition, it has agreements with other Universities, among them: University of Washington (USA), University of Hong Kong (China) and University of Edinburgh (UK).[citation needed]


Most of the facilities and centres are located in Pamplona, with the exception of IESE Business School, which is based in Barcelona, Madrid and New York; and the School of Engineering, which is located in TECNUN, in Donostia-San Sebastián.

In 2015, the Museum will be opened and it will house a collection donated to the University by María Josefa Huarte Beaumont. This collection, considered as one of the greatest regarding contemporary Art of Spain, includes works of Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky, among other authors.[citation needed] The architect in charge of the project is Rafael Moneo. The museum will also enable to find common grounds between the different Faculties, Departments and Schools, and it will represent a new centre of reference for the University.


The University Faculties and Schools have thousands of researchers in different areas. The 8 centres and 17 institutes, located in the five campuses of the University, develop their research in the fields of Science and Humanities, as the Navarra University Clinic and the Centre for Applied Medical Research.[1][2]

Notable rankings[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b CUN retrieved 16 July 2014
  2. ^ a b CIMA retrieved 16 July 2014
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  4. ^ QS World University Rankings

Coordinates: 42°48′05″N 1°39′35″W / 42.80139°N 1.65972°W / 42.80139; -1.65972