FAQs: ESADE and the political context

Today’s turbulent political context in Catalonia, where ESADE carries out a significant part of its activity, could raise questions about how ESADE perceives that reality and to what extent the current scenario may affect all of those who make up our educational community. This space serves to provide information and answer some of these questions.


The Spanish Government has assumed responsibility over and will govern the Autonomous Community of Catalonia directly until new regional elections are held on December 21st. This measure serves to ensure that the Constitution and the rule of law are upheld in Catalonia. Over the next few weeks, we expect the political climate to be like that in any other election period, with the political parties focusing on their campaigns.

ESADE is a plural academic institution and does not have any specific political affiliation. Peace, dialogue, inclusion and respect for the rule of law are the fundamental values that ESADE advocates to address political and social problems. ESADE has recently underscored its absolute respect for the Constitution and the existing legal framework and defends the stability and legal certainty which enable the economy and companies to function optimally. We promote respectful dialogue based on reflection within the legal framework. This is the means to find a compromise solution to the current differences and trends.

Click on the link to read the ESADE Director’s address at the start of the academic year and the communiqué from the Director General’s office on the current political situation.

Academic activity at Barcelona’s universities and educational institutions continues as normal. The same is true on our Barcelona and Madrid campuses. There is no reason to be concerned about the safety of any ESADE participant, employee, faculty member or researcher.


For the time being, we have not detected any impact whatsoever. Barcelona is still a highly attractive city due to its innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem, its quality of life, its infrastructures and its cultural, sporting, gastronomic and entertainment offering. It is also still extremely attractive for its educational institutions, research centres and technological innovation and business hubs. Today’s political conflict is not new and has, to date, never led to violence or a climate of insecurity; nor is this foreseeable in the future.

Barcelona still attracts thousands of talented students from around the world, and we do not foresee that this will change due to the current situation. Consult the results of the “ESADE MBA City Monitor” which ranks the world’s most attractive cities for global talent. Barcelona has always been included within the top 10 cities that attract the most international students. ESADE MBA City Monitor 2017 edition, 2015 edition, 2013 edition.

In keeping with current legislation, ESADE programmes are officially recognised by both the Spanish Government and the Government of Catalonia. ESADE degrees thus have all the legally attributable academic and professional rights as established by law. Students need not fear any negative consequences in this respect.

In addition, ESADE degrees are recognised around the world, and this ensures their value both in the academic and in the professional realms. The Spanish legal framework and the European Higher Education Area will, at all times, guarantee the validity of our programmes and degrees.

The quality of ESADE’s offering of academic programmes, its educational experience, the international AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditations, as well as its consolidated reputation as recognised by international rankings, ensure the validity of our degrees in any context and despite any changes in the current context.

We don’t believe this is necessary. ESADE is a multi-campus institution with facilities in Barcelona and Madrid. Its vast global network also enables it to maintain a presence around the world with all types of programmes and activities. The expertise and talent of our students and our faculty members’ activities cannot be reduced to a single location; rather, the entire world is our headquarters.

More than 90% of the participants in ESADE programmes who graduated during the 2016-2017 academic year found work within three months at the latest after completing their programmes. This figure exceeds the already high percentage achieved in previous years. In addition, ESADE programme participants’ employability is global, with more than 80% of graduates in some programmes finding jobs outside of Spain. In the last few academic years, the 5 global companies that have recruited the most at ESADE are McKinsey, BCG, Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Over the last few weeks, the key job fairs for the different ESADE programmes have already taken place, and nearly 80 companies attended to recruit talent on our campuses, a number that exceeds the figures we registered in previous years.

These figures allow us to be very optimistic about the employability and effective job placement of our students over the next few years.