Template:Infobox University The Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) is a college and graduate school located in Barcelona, Spain. ESADE is composed of three departments: the ESADE Business School, the ESADE Law School and the ESADE Executive Language Center. ESADE follows an applied teaching methodology, which is based on the development of professional and management skills. The school has campuses in Barcelona Pedralbes, Barcelona Sant Cugat, Madrid, and Buenos Aires.
ESADE Business School is one of the best business schools in the world, according to numerous rankings. In 2006 and 2007 ESADE was listed as the world’s best business school by The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, the Financial Times (FT) ranking of the best European business schools ranks the school 5th of 80 selected top business schools.<ref name="rankings.ft.com">Financial Times European business school ranking</ref> On top of that ESADE Business School is ranked 13th world-wide in the eduniversal ranking. As one of 57 business schools world-wide ESADE has been awarded the Triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
ESADE has collaboration agreements with over 100 universities worldwide, among them the Wharton School, UC Berkeley, Emory University, Georgetown University and Northwestern Kellogg.<ref name="Annual Report" /> The school has also formed a strategic alliance with the Ramon Llull University in its undergraduate programmes in Law and Business.
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.<ref name="History">Template:Cite web</ref>
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 (Chamartin), 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.<ref name="History" />
Today ESADE's campuses, if the premises in both Madrid and Barcelona are included, cover an area of 30,000m2.
ESADE offers a variety of degrees, including Bachelor degrees in Law and Business, Master Programmes in Management (MSc), MBAs, EMBAs, as well as Executive Language Education. Especially the business degrees are internationally-renowned.
The Master in International Management has been ranked 7th world-wide by the Financial Times in 2012, the Master in Finance 5th world-wide in 2013.
The ESADE MBA has been ranked 16th world-wide by the magazine The Economist in 2013 and 21st world-wide by the Financial Times in 2012. The magazine Business Week currently ranks the ESADE MBA 4th among all non-U.S. MBA programmes.
The Financial Times ranks ESADE's Customized Executive Education Programmes 4th in the world in 2013.
ESADE Business School is ranked 5th out of 80 selected top business schools in the Financial Times' (FT) ranking of 2012.<ref name="rankings.ft.com"/>
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. Between 2005 and 2008 ESADE Creapolis invested €70 Million in its facilities in Sant Cugat<ref name="Creapolis investment">Template:Cite web</ref> and has since become home to various start-ups.
ESADE Creapolis acts as a knowledge broker, bringing together the ideas of the participating organisations and the ESADE research community. The methodology for knowledge creation and transfer is based on the principles of Open Innovation.<ref name="Creapolis: Open Innovation">Template:Cite web</ref>
ESADE's counts more than 48,000 alumni of 105 different nationalities. They live in 115 different countries, with many of them holding posts of responsibility in an array of companies and organizations.<ref name="Alumni">ESADE Alumni</ref> The objectives of ESADE's official alumni association include contributing to the improvement of alumni professional skills, favouring social relationships and cooperation among members, and orienting members' career development. The ESADE alumni association is self-governing, with 33 international chapters and 20 functional/sector-specific clubs. Each of the chapters and the clubs is organized by a board of ESADE alumni in the respective country or sector.<ref name="Alumni" />