Origin, Development and Purpose

The University of Navarra School of Communication was the first Spanish center to offer teaching in Journalism at university level. The initiative was spurred on by San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, who had understood the significance of the work of spreading information since his childhood.

Throughout its 54 years in existence, this School has witnessed many milestones, which have reinforced its approach to and understanding of communication.

Behind every step, achievement and anecdote, there are faculty members, students, alumni, non-teaching staff and professionals. Today they amount to more than 8,500 people.

  • In figures

    The School has  1,427 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, 5,687 graduates80 associate professors64 professors  and 40 adjunct professors.

     11.3% of students come from high-income families.
    53.9% come from middle-income families.
    34.7% come from low-income families.

    The School is organized into four Departments where approximately 40 student interns work:

    The School boasts partnership agreements with more than 180 companies, and some 320 students participate in summer internships in the second half of the degree program through the School.

  • Facilities

    All students have their own laptop, and there are rooms for carrying out networking tasks. The  facilities include:

    • computer rooms containing 80 desktop computers with specialized software for professional practice.

    • 1 100m2 television studio.

    • 1 editing room.

    • 8  video editing rooms.

    • 9  analysis and development rooms.

    • 5 radio studios.

    The School has the following in its own main building:

  • Milestones

    For more than ten years, the Institute of Journalism was the only private university initiative involved in providing university-level education to journalists in an environment dominated by the work carried out through government initiative at the Escuela Oficial de Periodismo.

    During that time, certain milestones were achieved that would mark the balanced focus on theory and practice that has always characterized the School's educational approach. These milestones include the installation of the first student radio studios (1964), television studios (1969) and the incorporation of the  Nuestro Tiempo magazine into the School (1954), a publication that is today one of the oldest in the field of Spanish journalism. At the same time, research results began to be channeled through the Colección de Ciencias de la Información, which was started by EUNSA, the University of Navarra's publishing house, in 1963. Today, the company has published more than one hundred titles.

    All this experience helped the program to achieve the rank of a licentiate degree program in 1971, when the School of Information Sciences was created. The University of Navarra was a pioneer in the field, together with the schools at Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona. The strong research tradition existing at Pamplona since the creation of the Institute of Journalism also helped the School to become the first institution to initiate a doctoral-level program, which in 1979 produced Spain's first PhD in Information Sciences.

    In the 1990s, the fundamental milestone was the incorporation of the Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Public Relations degree programs in 1992, which coincided with restructuring of the curriculum and the shortening of undergraduate programs from five to four years.

    The School had to take on an ambitious growth project, which led it to triple its capacity in terms of the size of the faculty and the number of students. The new undergraduate degrees addressed principles that were similar to the ones that had been the focus of the journalism study programs: creating a qualified faculty, balancing theory and practical education, closely following professional requirements and needs, creating impacts abroad and a clear commitment to research.

    The introduction of the new degree program called for an acceleration in the process of faculty training and a strong investment in research. The hard work in both regards is evidenced by the 120 doctoral dissertations defended between 1990 and 2002.

    The selection of a few milestones is necessarily somewhat random and limited. Although we know we cannot touch on the entire history of the School of Communication here, we can at least share a part of it.


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