La Comercial, Deusto Business School and the Vizcaína Aguirre Foundation are celebrating their centenary this year. Deusto Business Alumni organised an alumni meeting on 10 June at 5:30 pm in the Pedro Icaza Auditorium and a concert held at 8:00 pm the same day at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall.
The building was adorned with flags on the façade and a large carpet with the University’s corporate colours decorated the main entrance. As the attendees arrived and the lobby became the meeting point for alumni, and families representing the Vizcaína Aguirre Foundation, there were friendly embraces and shared memories about their years at the Faculty.
The event began with a reading of the manifesto of DBS values by Dean Guillermo Dorronsoro. In this new period, Deusto Business School is stressing its commitment to the values of professional excellence, integrity, a sense of ethics, cooperation and solidarity, openness and diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Drawn from the tradition of the Society of Jesus, these values bring out the very essence of this Faculty’s daily tasks. Gathering the legacy of the past, it works to prepare great men and women for the future.
The programme also included a speech by Rafael de Icaza, Chairman of the Vizcaína Aguirre Foundation. It should be mentioned that the Foundation has entrusted the task of writing a commemorative book to Alfonso Sáenz de Valdivielso.
Francisco Javier Déniz, Chairman of the Bernaola Foundation, also spoke, covering various topics including the upcoming publication of a book written by María Dolores Revuelta.
A tribute was then paid to the former Deans of La Comercial, Antonio Freije, Susana Rodríguez Vidarte, Fernando Gómez-Bezares and Antonio Yabar.
A commemorative video specially recorded for the occasion was also shown. The video consists of interviews with alumni that tell us what their years at the Faculty have meant to them.
The Vizcaína Aguirre Foundation was named honorary member of Deusto Business Alumni and a commemorative gift was collected by the individual members of the class of 1966 for the 50th anniversary of their graduation.
The event closed with a concert at 8:00 pm at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall with a performance by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, directed by Erik Nielsen and with the violinist Nemanja Radulovic.
A year of celebrations
Set within the framework of the centenary business schools meeting, Deusto Business School inaugurated its centenary programme on 7 March with an institutional event marking its renewed commitment to society while also recognising institutions like the City Council and the Biscay Regional Council. These entities share the University’s challenge of creating a project for the future, continuing to attract talent and the financial means to boost economic activity and acting as drivers of prosperity, which has been the case since the Industrial Revolution.
The event commemorating the ESTE's 60th anniversary will be held on 16 June at 6 pm at the Loiola Centrum at Deusto's San Sebastian campus. This red letter date is definitely an excellent occasion to recall and highlight the 60 years of the ESTE, today Deusto Business School –which was originally located in Brunet-Enea, which would later become the current Deusto campus in San Sebastian, and the oldest university in Guipuzcoa.
DBS Madrid will be the venue for an event for the alumni residing there in November.
Doctor Honoris Causa by Deusto Business School
The University of Deusto, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, will hold Adela Cortina’s investiture ceremony as Doctor Honoris Causa by Deusto Business School in the last quarter. Chair of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the University of Valencia, she will be the first woman to receive this distinction from the University of Deusto. A philosopher and winner of the 2007 Jovellanos International Award, she is the Director of the ETNOR Foundation, Business and Organisations Ethics.