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Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses
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MottoDo good. Do better
Established1958; 63 years ago (1958)
DeanJosep Franch Bullich (Esade Business School) Eduardo Berché Moreno (Esade Law School) David Dinwoodie (Esade Executive Education)
DirectorKoldo Echebarria
Academic staff
307 [1]
Administrative staff
379 [1]
Students10,600 (Business & Law, 2017)[1]
Location, ,
41°23′29″N 2°06′42″E / 41.39139°N 2.11167°E / 41.39139; 2.11167Coordinates: 41°23′29″N 2°06′42″E / 41.39139°N 2.11167°E / 41.39139; 2.11167

Esade (Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses) 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.[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). 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[edit]


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. 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.

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  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report ESADE Foundation 2016-2017" (PDF). ESADE Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "List of Triple-Accredited Business Schools (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) 2021".
  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. ^ Feldman, Amy (4 October 2019). "HP's New CEO Enrique Lores Will Steer A Smaller Printer Company". Forbes. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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