Mondragon University

Mondragon University (officially in Basque: Mondragon Unibertsitatea, MU) is a non-profit cooperative private university in the Basque Country, officially established and recognised in 1997. It is part of Mondragon Corporation. Its main campus is in Mondragón, Gipuzkoa.

Mondragon University
Mondragon Unibertsitatea
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TypePrivate, cooperative
RectorVicente Atxa
Academic staff
Students4,000 (2007–2008)[1]
CampusNine locations:
Mondragón, Ordizia, Hernani, Oñati, Irun, Eskoriatza, Aretxabaleta, San Sebastián and Bilbao.
AffiliationsMondragon Corporation

As of February 2016 it had about 4000 students pursuing 22 bachelor's degrees,[2] 13 master's degrees[3] and several advanced courses.


The institution first originated as the Escuela Politécnica Superior, a Polytechnic school open to young people in the region set up by Father José María Arizmendiarrieta in 1943.[4]

The current university was created in 1997 by the association of three existing educational cooperatives tied to Mondragon Corporation: Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa “Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta” S. Coop., ETEO S. Coop., and Irakasle Eskola S. Coop. Until then, these three educational cooperatives were affiliated with the University of the Basque Country.[5] The new entity was set up as a non-profit cooperative university, an unprecedented organizational structure in the Spanish landscape of private universities, with the aim of creating a university "close to the needs of businesses".[5] The new university was officially recognised by the Basque Parliament on 30 May 1997.[6]


Garaia building of the Faculty of Engineering, in Mondragón.

The university consists of four faculties:

In addition, the university contains a global network of social innovation ecosystem labs along with Mondragon team academy (MTA World), The Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit of Mondragon University Business School. These social innovation labs are located in Irun, Oñati, Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Shanghai, Queretaro, Seoul, Puebla, Berlin, Pune and Seattle.

Academic offeringEdit

Mondragon University works in seven different areas of knowledge:

  • Engineering
  • Business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Gastronomy
  • Cooperativism

This academic offer is aimed at young people who attend the university through different undergraduate degrees, new graduates who are offered different master's degrees and students who have finished the master or workers who wish to continue developing their skills through the wide range of offers for professionals. Nowadays, the University offer 33 university degrees [7] and master's degrees,[8] 19 of them are dual.

Mondragon University also collaborates with Bizkaia Talent, the associative project of the Foral Government of Biscay to promote research, creation, innovation and knowledge in the historical territory of Biscay.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ MU-k 10 urte bete ditu eta nabarmen sendotu da, ikasle-kopurua % 67 handituta
  2. ^ "Bachelor's Degree — Mondragon Unibertsitatea". Archived from the original on 17 May 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Master's Degree — Mondragon Unibertsitatea". Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta. Archived 2009-12-08 at the Wayback Machine Mondragon Corporation.
  5. ^ a b "Las cooperativas de Mondragón crean una universidad privada orientada a las empresas". El País (in Spanish). 1 April 1997.
  6. ^ [1] Boletín Oficial del Estado
  7. ^ "Bachelor's Degree — Mondragon Unibertsitatea". Archived from the original on 17 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Master's Degree — Mondragon Unibertsitatea". Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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