The Escola Superior d’Adminstracio i Direccio d’Empreses (ESADE) is a private Jesuit-run business school which forms part of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1958 as part of the Jesuit-led modernisation of the Spanish economy under General Franco, ESADE retains its religious character. The director-general is appointed by the Society and it is a member of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools.
The first bachelor’s courses were offered in 1959, executive education from 1960 and the first MBA in 1964. In 1982 ESADE created a second campus in the Madrid district of Chamartin, best known as the home of Real Madrid FC. A law school was added in 1993, two years ahead of the merger with Ramon Llull University, which was founded in 1990.
ESADE has Triple Crown accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, and was one of the founding institutions of the Council of European Management Schools (now the Global Alliance for Management Education).
It runs Ramon Llull University’s business and law schools together with a language centre from its modern, purpose-built campus in the suburb of St Cugat, a €70 million project opened in 2009. This incorporates the ESADECreapolis innovation park and has since been updated by the addition the "Rambla of Innovation", laboratories offering space for networking, simulations and other activities.
It has strong relationships in the developing world, with a campus in Buenos Aires and more than 100 students annually studying in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ESADE estimates that its students have provided 34,000 hours of voluntary consultancy in Latin America and Asia.