Mondragon University

Mondragon University (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 the Mondragon Corporation. Its main campus is in Mondragón, Gipuzkoa.

Mondragon University
Mondragon Unibertsitatea
Mondragon University logo.svg
TypePrivate, cooperative
RectorVicente Atxa
Academic staff
Students5,455 (2019–2020)[1]

43°03′42″N 2°29′48″W / 43.06176°N 2.49662°W / 43.06176; -2.49662
CampusNine locations:
Mondragón, Ordizia, Hernani, Oñati, Irun, Eskoriatza, Aretxabaleta, San Sebastián and Bilbao.
AffiliationsMondragon Corporation


The institution first originated as the Escuela Politécnica Superior, a polytechnic school established by José María Arizmendiarrieta in 1943 that was open to young people in the region.[2]

The current university was formed in 1997 through the association of three existing educational cooperatives tied to the Mondragon Corporation: Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa “Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta” S. Coop., ETEO S. Coop., and Irakasle Eskola S. Coop. Before 1997, these three educational cooperatives were affiliated with the University of the Basque Country.[3] The new entity was set up as a non-profit cooperative university, an unprecedented organizational structure in the Spanish landscape of private universities at the time, with the aim of creating a university "close to the needs of businesses".[3] The new university was officially recognized by the Basque Parliament on 30 May 1997.[4]

Garaia building of the Faculty of Engineering, in Mondragón.


Mondragon University has four faculties:[5]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Students Enrolled by Year and Title
  2. ^ Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta. Archived 2009-12-08 at the Wayback Machine Mondragon Corporation.
  3. ^ a b "Las cooperativas de Mondragón crean una universidad privada orientada a las empresas". El País (in Spanish). 1 April 1997.
  4. ^ [1] Boletín Oficial del Estado
  5. ^ "Faculties". Retrieved 11 April 2023.

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