Comillas Pontifical University is located in Spain. It is a private Catholic university run by the Society of Jesus. Pope Leo XIII in 1890 founded the Seminary of St. Anthony of Padua in the town of Comillas, Cantabria, in response to efforts made by the Marquis of Comillas to build an institution for educating local candidates to the priesthood. At the time of its foundation, the seminary was entrusted to the Society of Jesus. In 1904, the seminary was raised to the status of a Pontifical university when Pope Pius X granted the school the power to confer academic degrees in theology, philosophy and canon law.
In 1969 the university was moved to Madrid, where it admitted a wider range of students. In 1978 the Jesuits incorporated into the university their Madrid's higher education institution ICAI-ICADE, the resultant entity of the merger in 1960 of ICAI and ICADE, two institutes established in 1908 and 1956 respectively. They are today the ICAI School of Engineering, the ICADE School of Law and the ICADE School of Business and Economics.
There are several schools and colleges affiliated under the Comillas Pontifical University. Some of them are Divinity School, Canon Law School, Human & Social Sciences School, ICAI School of Engineering, ICADE School of Business & Economics, ICADE School of Law, Saint John of God's School of Nursing and Physiotherapy. The University consists of top faculties like Pablo Ruz, Diego López Garrido, José Bono, Enrique Barón, Fátima Báñez, Ignacio J. Pérez Arriaga. Not only the faculties, Comillas Pontifical University also consists of bright students who has not only shown their excellency in their academic fields but also in co-curricular activities like Carmen María, Íñigo Sagaz Spottorno, Antonio García and many others. Carmen María won the Extraordinary Award for High School Studies, Íñigo Sagaz Spottorno finished in second place in the 200 meter sprint in Madrid, Antonio García won the Silver Medal in the 60 meter hurdles at the Spanish Promise Championship. Not only this, students from Comillas dominate the national debate tournaments and two students from Comillas namely, Javier de la Puerta and Antonio Fabregat are finalists in the World Universities Debating Championship.
Comillas Pontifical University comprises of top Researchers and their contributions both in Scientific and social fields through conferences, seminars, debates etc. Subject of Infinity: “Thinking about the Infinite” was the theme of the 2nd Interdisciplinary Seminar of the Chair for Science, Technology and Religion at Comillas ICAI. Some thirty researchers from different areas of knowledge met for two days, in Santa María de los Negrales, to debate this issue. The European Academy of Sciences and Arts: Carlos Blanco, a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE has been inducted officially into the Humanities Section of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea). The event took place during a ceremony held in Salzburg, where the head office of the institution is located; Professor Blanco was elected as a member in 2016. Situation of Migrant Minors in Melilla: The report was fomented by the Judicial Clinic, Comillas Solidarity, and the Santander Chair for Law and Minors Nearly one-hundred unaccompanied migrant minors – the majority of them are Moroccans between 10 and 17 years of age – sleep in the streets of Melilla, according to the report “Rejection and Abandonment. The Situation of Children who Sleep in the Streets of Melilla”, carried out by the Judicial Clinic , Comillas Solidarity and the Santander Chair for Law and Minors at Comillas ICAI-ICADE. These are the numbers that the Council for Social Welfare has presented, and whose officers estimate that in 2016 some 1800 minors entered this autonomous city-region without the company of parents or family members.