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History of the School

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  • 1987

    The School

    Classes at School of Economics and Business Administration began in October 1987. Until the inauguration of Amigos Building, it occupied the "entrance East" of the Library Services, today Ismael Sánchez Bella building.

    More than 700 people sat the Admissions Office exams for the first year of the newly opened School. The exam took place in July and the candidates were distributed in classrooms at Central Building and Architecture.

    The School
  • 1990

    First thesis

    With School taking its first steps, it did not take long for the thesis to arrive. Those of Kepa Mirena Ormazábal, defended in 1990, and Francisco Javier Faulín Fajardo in 1991 were among the first.

    First thesis
  • 1998

    Students and Entrepreneurs Forum

    In 1998, the I Forum of Students and Entrepreneurs was held. This forum gave rise, years later, to the Finance Club of School.

    Students and Entrepreneurs Forum
  • 1999

    Master's Degree in Economics and Finance

    In 1999, the School launched the Master's Degree at Economics and Finance.

    Master's Degree in Economics and Finance
  • 2000

    Six bachelor's degrees

    In 2000, School expanded its offerings professor to six bachelor's degrees: LADE, Economics, LADE Bilingual, Economics Bilingual, LADE + Law and Economics + Law.

    Six bachelor's degrees
  • 2000

    Chair Volkswagen

    The School launched in 2000 the Chair Quality Volkswagen-University of Navarra.
    br> In 2012, the commitment and ties between the two entities were strengthened and new branches of partnership were sought: the Chair business Volkswagen was born.

    Chair Volkswagen
  • 2002

    Four itineraries

    In 2002, in order to facilitate a greater specialization of students and to better meet the needs demanded by the market, the School created four itineraries: Marketing, Finance, New Technologies and Economics International.

    Four itineraries
  • 2004

    International Day

    In 2004, School celebrated the I International Day. At that time, it had signed 40 exchange agreements with international universities. This number increases every year. Today there are 140.

    International Day
  • 2005

    Program at partnership with IESE

    In 2005, the Program was launched at partnership with IESE Business School, the University's Business School: students complete their training with a semester in Madrid, aimed at enhancing their professional skills. It is now the Madrid Business Program.

    Program at partnership with IESE
  • 2010

    Centre for Banking Studies

    In 2010, the programs of study Banking Center of School was created. Its goal was the development of research in the field of Finance, of interest to the world of Banking and related sectors Economics, from an ethical perspective.

    Centre for Banking Studies
  • 2010

    Master's Degree in Banking and Financial Regulation

    In 2010, the School launched the Master's Degree in Banking and Financial Regulation.

    Master's Degree in Banking and Financial Regulation
  • 2011

    Master's Degree in People Management in Organisations

    A year later, in 2011, the Master's Degree at Personnel Management Service in Organizations was created.

    Master's Degree in People Management in Organisations
  • 2012

    New building

    When the Amigos Building, designed by architect Juan Miguel Otxotorena, was inaugurated in 2012, the School moved there, along with Law and ISSA School of Applied Management (when the latter moved from San Sebastian in 2013).

    New building
  • 2012

    25th anniversary of the School

    In 2012, the School celebrated its 25th anniversary. Among the events organized was the presentation of two programs of study on the perception of the image of the Spain brand, which included a roundtable, moderated by journalist Rosa Mª Calaf and with the participation of Ingemar Naeve, president of Ericsson Spain; the designer Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, the chief correspondent of the Reuters agency in our country, Fiona Ortiz; the president of the US Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Jaime Malet; and Professor Francesc Pujol.

    25th anniversary of the School
  • 2012

    Marketing and Sales Club

    In 2012, the School founded the Marketing and Sales Club at the initiative of a group of students.

    Marketing and Sales Club
  • 2013

    University of Navarra International Case Competition

    The first edition of the 'University of Navarra International Case Competition' (UNICC) was held in 2013. It is an annual international case competition that brings together university students from different countries.

    University of Navarra International Case Competition
  • 2013

    Program in Economics, Leadership & Governance

    In 2013 the 'Program in Economics, Leadership & Governance' was offered, a pioneer in Spain. It was the germ of the new diplomas of specialization that would be born in 2020.

    Program in Economics, Leadership & Governance
  • 2016

    Investment Society

    In 2016, the 'Investment Society' was born at School, an initiative by students for students, which aims to spread the culture of finance and financial investments within the university community.

    Investment Society
  • 2017

    25th anniversary of the I Promotion

    In 2017, the I Promotion of Economics celebrated its 25th anniversary, and the alumni were able to reconnect with professors and classmates. The Dean, Ignacio Ferrero, former student of that promotion, gave the session "25 years: yesterday and today of the School".

    25th anniversary of the I Promotion
  • 2018

    accreditation EQUIS

    In 2018, the School became the first School of Economics in Spain to receive the accreditation EQUIS ('European Quality Improvement System').

    In 2022 it was reaccredited.

    accreditation EQUIS
  • 2018

    Madrid

    In 2018, the University opened its postgraduate program headquarters in Madrid, where the Master's Degree in Banking and Financial Regulation and the Master's Degree in Personnel Management Service in Organizations moved to.

    Madrid
  • 2020

    Five new diplomas from specialization

    In 2020, the School developed 5 new diplomas from specialization: 'International Economics', 'Finance & Accounting', 'Innovation & Entrepreneurship', 'Data Analytics' and 'General Management'.

    Five new diplomas from specialization

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SOME OF THE PIONEERS OF THE SCHOOL

Miguel Alfonso Martínez-Echevarría was, between 1987 and 1992, the first Dean of the School, for which he established as pillars the excellence professor and research; and as goal, the development staff and professionalism of the students, so that they become true agents of transformation of the economic and business reality.

Together with him, other professors such as Carmen San Martín, Carlos María Fernández-Jardón, Agustín González Enciso, Elvira Martínez Chacón,Blanca Sánchez Robles, José Miguel Ponce, José María Marín Quemada, Hipólito Navarro, Javier Irastorza, Luis Ravina and Reyes Calderon were the driving forces behind the launch of the School. And like Luis Arturo Rábade (deceased in 2011), Paco Galera or Antonio Moreno Almácegui, who joined in the early 90s.

After these pioneers, others have taken up the baton. Today, some of the professors who are part of the faculty of the School are alumni of the first promotions: Javier Arellano, Carmen Aranda, José Luis Álvarez, Pedro García del Barrio, Ignacio Ferrero (appointed Dean in 2014), Fernando Pérez de Gracia, Juncal CuñadoJosé Antonio Alfaro and Cristina Etayo.

And, of course, we cannot end this review of the pioneers of School without mentioning Begoña Fuentes, who has been serving the School for 33 years at administrative office.

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