The University of Navarra promotes Christian values in an environment of freedom and respect for the religious beliefs and opinions.
St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei, founded the University of Navarra in 1952, and IESE, its graduate school of management, in 1958.
Opus Dei ("Work of God" in Latin) is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church whose purpose is to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church.
The University of Navarra, which owes its development to the work of many individuals, some belonging to Opus Dei and others not, promotes Christian values in an environment of freedom and respect for the religious beliefs, political ideas and opinions of professors and students.
Specifically, Opus Dei seeks to spread the universal call to holiness and the sanctifying value of ordinary work. St. Josemaría affirmed that work is "an opportunity to develop one's personality. It is a bond of union with others...a means of aiding in...the progress of all humanity" (Christ Is Passing By, no. 47).
As a consequence of this vision, the University of Navarra sees work well done as a core value.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902. He was ordained a priest in Zaragoza in 1925. On October 2, 1928, he was divinely inspired to found Opus Dei.
He passed away in Rome on June 26, 1975 and was canonized by John Paul II on October 6, 2002. His feast day, which is also our University's feast day, is celebrated on June 26.
On numerous occasions, St. Josemaría visited the University of Navarra and met with professors, other employees and students.