Founded in 1958, ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas) is a world-class business school located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the first business schools to obtain the prestigious Triple accreditation: International AACSB, EQUIS and Association of MBAs (AMBA).

It is the first school in Spain to be awarded accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD); and the first business school in Spain and the seventh in Europe to receive prestigious recognition from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

ESADE Business School offers a number of programs including the PhD, MBA, MSc Programs, Master of Research, Executive Masters, Executive Education programs and Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA).


- ESADE Business School is rated 8th in Europe and 19th worldwide (Financial Times 2010 rankings).

- 18th in the world, 7th among European business schools, 3rd in career progress, 5th in salary increase and 8th in international mobility (FT 2009).

- 6th among Top International Schools (BusinessWeek 2009).

- 1st for its Full-time MBA (Wall Street Journal International Programs 2007 and 2008).

- ESADE Business School is ranked 8th globally among Top Business Schools (América Economía, September 2008).

- The EMBA is rated 1st in Europe and 17th internationally (The Wall Street Journal, Barcelona, 2008).

- According to the FT Full-time MBA rankings, ESADE Business School is placed 27th in 2006, 24th in 2007, 21st in 2008, and moved up to top 20 globally in 2009.

- 4th in Europe and 10th in the world for customised programmes (BusinessWeek, October 2007).

- 1st among Best International Business School (Wall Street Journal. September 2006).

- ESADE Business School is placed 7th among Best business school outside of North America (BusinessWeek, October 2006).

- 14th globally for its MBA and 2nd in Europe for its social and environmental focus (Beyond Grey Pinstripes, October 2007). In 2005 it was ranked 2nd among world's best business school for its social and environmental emphasis.

- ESADE Business School is rated the 3rd Best International business school for open and custom-designed courses for businesses (América Economía, October 2005).

- 5th in Europe and 16th in the world for custom designed courses (BusinessWeek, October 2005).

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