Research to serve society
The University of Navarra promotes academic research in different fields of knowledge to further teaching and also as a way to bring knowledge to society and contribute to innovation and development.
"The University feels a special responsibility to be a driving force of development through initiatives like the new research centers in Nutrition and Bioengineering, the Institute of Tropical Health and the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS). Furthermore, the University's status as a center of excellence in research is a way to enhance its educational mission as a whole."
Iciar Astiasarán, Vice President of Research
Comprehensive education for students
The University of Navarra's educational mission is aimed at providing its students with a comprehensive education. This implies an education not only in knowledge, but also in values, skills and habits.
"The four or five years a student spends at the university can't be limited to just studying or having a good time; it's about taking advantage of every opportunity to learn, cultivate yourself and grow inside. That's why I think no student should pass through this university without participating in at least one cultural activity per year."
Marta Revuelta, Director of the Cultural Activities Office
Quality teaching and personalized attention
The University of Navarra's commitment to providing international quality training is based on the cornerstones of an excellent academic staff, internationalization and innovation in education. Furthermore, the University contributes to students' education through personalized mentoring, with activities aimed at acquiring professional competences and personal habits that stimulate personal development in all of its dimensions: cultural, artistic, religious, athletic and solidarity.
"Along with teaching and research, personal mentoring forms a vital part of our work as professors. This task requires special commitment to students: they expect availability, interest and support in everything they need, along with good example."
Juan Carlos Molero, professor in the School of Economics and Business Administration
Preparation for the professional world
One of the University of Navarra's priorities is to promote the professional development of its students. To do this, it benefits from the support of the University of Navarra Business Foundation (FEUN), an institution with a 25-year history of acting as a meeting-point between business and the university.
"I can only say that my Leonardo experience has been very positive. For that reason, I strongly recommend and encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the opportunity to do an internship abroad in their field, because it's something they will benefit from in the future."
Amelia Ochoa, recipient of the first Excellence Award, 2012
A university open to the world
The University of Navarra helps its students have a university experience with a distinct international dimension, whether through summer internships or exchange programs. Furthermore, it promotes the diversity of its students' geographical origins, as it is convinced of the educational value gained when people from different origins and cultures live together.
"One feature I think is very important and particular to this University is its international profile, which means you share a classroom with students from different places in Spain and around the world. It's a privilege and a great opportunity to grow personally, and not just in the academic realm.
Mónica Fernández, Law student
An educational mission with a Christian identity
The Christian identity of the University of Navarra provides a comprehensive approach to academic education that prompts professors to spur on the progress of knowledge by relying on the lights of faith and reason, which mutually reinforce one another to advance the frontiers of human understanding. Academic activity done with an open mind raises basic questions about human beings and the world.
In their own words
"I was able to experience firsthand the affection our founder had for the University. He followed our steps very closely. He always supported and encouraged us. He had high hopes for what we were able to contribute to serving science, society and the Church through our work."
Ismael Sánchez Bella, first President of the University of Navarra (1954-1960)