Located in Pamplona, the University of Navarra is one of Spain’s most prestigious universities with a distinguished record in teaching and research. a private non-for-profit university with a strong Catholic ethos.
The private non-for-profit university was founded in 1952 by the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, to transmit the movement’s values, and now has around 11,000 students, of whom some 8,700 are undergraduates, across four main campuses across the north-east Spanish city.
Initially starting as a law school, it now has 14 faculties, two university schools, 17 institutes, a business school and other centres and institutions. The university offers more than 120 degrees, but all courses include theology.
Navarra also organizes a wide range of activities open to all members of the academic community who are keen to learn about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church or receive pastoral care from the chaplains in a context of religious freedom.
The university also runs a teaching hospital, where around 2,000 qualified professionals handle more than 100,000 patients each year, as well as carrying out world-leading medical research focused on four main areas - oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular sciences, and gene therapy and hepatology.
Among its famous alumni are Leonardo Polo, a distinguished philosopher, physicist Pedro Miguel Etxenique and former UK transport secretary Ruth Kelly.
Its mission is broadly defined the search for truth; contribution to the academic, cultural and personal education of its students; the promotion academic research and healthcare activities and providing suitable opportunities for the development of its staff – all with a culture of outreach with a clear goal of service.