FAQ´S: Conoce la Universidad

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1. What are the origins of the University of Navarra?

 

The University of Navarra launched in Pamplona in 1952, promoted by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. This prelature of the Catholic Church aims to promote the search for the fullness of Christian life in work, family and daily activities. Since the University was founded, the teachings of St. Josemaría have inspired and opened horizons for the University's activities. The Chancellor of the University of Navarra is the Prelate of Opus Dei.

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2. What are the University's values?

 

Work, freedom, respect, interdisciplinarity, responsibility, spirit of service, international dimension. Because of their special role, the teachers and professionals that work at the University must stand out for their competence and the rectitude of their lives, fulfillment of their responsibilities, loyal collaboration with their colleagues and academic authorities and, in general, for their willingness to serve the other people in the university community.

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3. What is the Universidad de Navarra's mission statement?

 

The University of Navarra is based on a Christian ethos promoted by St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. Its mission statement is to seek and present the truth; contribute to the academic, cultural and personal education of its students; promote academic research and healthcare activities; provide suitable opportunities for the development of its professors and employees; and carry out broad cultural outreach and social promotion work with a clear goal of service.  

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4. ¿Cuáles son las funciones primordiales de la Universidad?

 

Impartir enseñanzas universitarias en el ámbito de diversas ciencias, promover la investigación científica,  contribuir a la formación de los alumnos, mantener relación con los graduados de la Universidad, organizar enseñanzas de actualización y de especialización para graduados universitarios, cultivar los lazos que unen a la Universidad con los miembros de la Asociación de Amigos,  realizar una tarea de difusión cultural y de extensión universitaria y cooperar con otras universidades e instituciones de carácter universitario.

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5. What is the University's Christian ethos?

 

The University's Christian ethos is embodied in its desire to be faithful to the Church and its Magisterium, reflection on its teachings, respect for Christian principles in research, promotion of the dignity and rights of individuals and the spirit of service it seeks to include in university activities.

Its Christian identity provides an integrative approach to academic work that encourages the teaching staff to promote scientific progress with both faith and reason, which together help push the boundaries of knowledge. Academic activity done with an open mind raises basic questions about human beings and the world.

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6. What is Opus Dei?

As the organization's founder used to say, if we had to find a phenomenon like Opus Dei in the history of the Catholic Church, we would have to look back to the early Christians: ordinary people who tried to live their Christian commitment ina coherent way while doing their everyday occupations and carrying the message of the Gospel to all areas of life. This is what is known as seeking holiness in the middle of the world: trying to be like Jesus Christ and turning everyday life into a chance to love God and others.

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7. What does sanctifying work mean?

It means working with the spirit of Jesus: working well, to high standards of quality, in accordance with justice, and with respect for the law and the aim of loving God and serving others. It is one of the most distinctive features of the spirit of Opus Dei.

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8. Who belongs to Opus Dei?

People of all kinds belong to Opus Dei: adult Catholics, men and women of any culture, nationality, social condition, married or single, who hear God calling them to serve fully in the world and who respond freely to this call. Joining Opus Dei is always a commitment of love in response to a divine vocation. Some priests who belong to the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross also belong to Opus Dei because that society is intrinsically linked to the Opus Dei Prelature. There are currently more than 85,000 members of Opus Dei.

There are also many people close to Opus Dei who do not belong to the Prelature but benefit from its spiritual formation and help support its apostolic work. The ultimate reason for promoting Opus Dei is to bring God closer to as many people as possible.

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9. What do the members of Opus Dei do?

First of all, the members of Opus Dei do the same things as other people: they work, take care of their family and take part in all the good things in life. They also try to share their faith in their own surroundings as a natural, spontaneous expression of their Christian commitment. This apostolate ennobles the bonds of friendship, and a good Christian makes an effort to be a good, sincere and loyal friend.

As a result of their desire to help solve the problems around them and help those most in need, some members of Opus Dei, along with many other people, promote educational and health initiatives such as schools, hospitals, professional training sessions and universities. These initiatives are highly varied and are imbued with the personality and culture of the country where they are established. One example of these initiatives is the University of Navarra.

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10. What specific activities does Opus Dei do?

Opus Dei offers spiritual formation for those interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge about their faith through classes, informal talks, retreats and spiritual activities in order to spread the word about the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church and help people live in accordance with its teachings. These activities are organized in schedules and places that are compatible with the family, professional and social life of participants.

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11. What is the connection between Opus Dei and other Church institutions?

The Opus Dei Prelature itself and each one of the faithful in particular make every effort to live in union with the Pope, bishops, priests, members of the clergy and, in general, with all Christians. The founder of Opus Dei said that Opus Dei exists exclusively to serve the Church and that the faithful of the Prelature should promote unity among all believers.

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12. ¿Quiénes son las autoridades académicas de la Universidad?

 

El Gran Canciller es la autoridad máxima de la Universidad, y ejerce todas las facultades y funciones necesarias para su buen gobierno. Para más información sobre la figura del Gran Canciller, puede visitar la web sobre el Opus Dei y la Universidad de Navarra.

El Vicecanciller preside la Corporación Universitaria en ausencia del Gran Canciller y ejerce las funciones que éste pueda delegarle.

La Junta de Gobierno de la Universidad está integrada por el Rector Magnífico, que la preside, los Vicerrectores, los Decanos o Directores de los Centros, el Administrador General, el Gerente, dos representantes de los estudiantes de la Universidad y el Secretario General, que es el Secretario de la Junta.

La Comisión Permanente de la Junta de Gobierno, también denominada Rectorado es el órgano de gobierno ordinario de la Universidad. Está constituida por el Rector, los Vicerrectores, el Administrador General, el Gerente y el Secretario General.

Visite la siguiente página para tener más información: Gobierno de la Universidad de Navarra

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13. What are the Schools at the University of Navarra?

Pamplona Campus

School of Architecture

School of Sciences

School of Economics and Business Administration

School of Communication

School of Law

School of Canon Law

School of Nursing

School of Pharmacy

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Medicine

School of Theology

School of Ecclesiastical Philosophy

San Sebastián Campus

School of Engineering (TECNUN)

ISSA School of Management Assistants

Madrid and Barcelona Campus

IESE Business School

ISEM Fashion Business School

Through IESE Business School, the University also has campuses in New York City (USA) and Munich (Germany).

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14. How many students attend the University?

 

In the 2011-2012 academic year, a total of 11,362 students attended the University. 74.53% (8,468) were studying in undergraduate/licentiate degree programs, 16.59% (1,885) were studying in master's degree programs and 8.88% (1,009) were studying in doctoral degree programs.

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15. How many alumni does the University have?

 

In the 2011-2012 academic year, 151,600 University of Navarra alumni were living in more than 115 countries.

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16. What programs are offered at the University of Navarra?

 

The following was offered in the 2011-2012 academic year:

32 undergraduate degrees

11 double degrees

2 bilingual degrees

24 degrees with subjects in English

35 master's degrees

24 doctoral programs

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