ESADE Business School is a college and graduate school located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is part of ESADE (Catalan: Escola Superior dAdministració i Direcció dEmpreses, Spanish: Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas) and associated with Ramon Llull University. Besides the Barcelona campus, the school has centers in Madrid and Buenos Aires. ESADE follows an applied teaching methodology, which is based on the development of professional and management skills.
ESADE Business School is one of the best business schools in the world.
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.
In 1958, ESADE was ultimately founded. Two years later, in 1960, executive education programmes were introduced. In 1964 the colleges MBA programme was established. A year later, in 1965, ESADEs Barcelona campus (Av. Pedralbes) opened (Building I). 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.
ESADE has collaboration agreements with over 100 universities worldwide, among them Boston College, the Wharton School, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business, UC Berkeley, Emory University, Queens University, Georgetown University and Northwestern Kellogg.The school has also formed a strategic alliance with the Ramon Llull University in its undergraduate programmes in Law and Business.
ESADE is an international academic institution with over fifty years of history. The main asset of this school are people: faculty members and professionals who nurture reflection, dialogue, projects and initiatives to ensure excellent education, pioneering research and a valuable contribution to social debate and transformation.
ESADE base its activities on the three pillars of education, research and transformation Studying and analysing a given subject, raising questions, reflecting on these and, if relevant, attempting to answer them all constitute the key elements of what we call research. At times, the results contribute to on-going social debates, providing new data or ideas that others can then use to formulate novel proposals. At other times, their research implies creating new knowledge that can then be applied directly. In both cases, the intellectual exercise and effort implied contribute to further their own knowledge and how they transmit it.
ESADE has more than 56,000 alumni who are also a fundamental part of their international network. The ESADE Alumni Association is extending the network by developing 32 chapters around the globe.