On 16 June, commemorative events marking the 60th anniversary of the ESTE, today Deusto Business School, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, were held at the Deusto campus in San Sebastian. The event began at 6 pm at Loiola Centrum with the presentation of a special issue of the Revista Estudios Empresariales, directed by Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi, S.J. In addition to other topics, this issue of the journal features the history of the ESTE and different aspects of its identity, Father Errandonea and the experiences and opinions of the three last deans: Víctor Urcelay, Antonio Yabar and Guillermo Dorronsoro.
A dialogue was later held between representatives of different graduating classes. The following participated: Ángel Iglesias, Founder of IKUSI-Ángel Iglesias S.A. (Class of 1972), Iñigo Ucín, Managing Director of the Danobat Group and future Chairman of the Mondragón Corporation (Class of 1982) and Maitane Garmendia, Economic Administrative Manager of Ibermática (Class of 2007), who recalled their experiences as students at the Faculty and the years they spent there. Special mention was also made of the class celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation (Class of 1966).
When the events at Loiola Centrum had concluded, a plaque was unveiled that gives a new name to the square between the Altuna, Aranzadi and Gárate buildings at the SS campus. It will now be called “Errandonea-ESTE Square”, in honour of Father Ignacio Errandonea, an expert in Classical Studies who was named leader of the project for the new Higher School of Business Technicians (ESTE) in 1956. José María Guibert, Rector of the University of Deusto, highlighted "the pioneering spirit of Father Ignacio Errandonea and his small group of co-workers. Their vision and commitment to society and business in Guipuzcoa led them to tackle this innovative project in the 50s, creating a Higher School of Business Technicians, laying the foundations of the ESTE, Guipuzcoa's first university”. The Rector extended his message of appreciation to “Guipuzcoa's society, institutions, companies, social organisations and entities because the ESTE, DBS, is not only the Society of Jesus’s project -referring to the future- but is and will continue to be carried out by all. This is a challenge we are passionate about and have all been called to build”.
A networking cocktail was held at 7:30 pm, creating a relaxed atmosphere with music by a jazz band where attendees had the opportunity to chat, share and recall experiences
This red letter date is definitely an excellent occasion to remember and highlight the 60 years of the ESTE, today Deusto Business School –which was originally located in Brunet-Enea, where the first buildings of the current Deusto campus in San Sebastian were located, and the oldest university in Guipuzcoa.
The ESTE, 60 years of history
Created in 1956 to train future business leaders, the ESTE has played a key role in the history of an area with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurial initiatives. This business development has always required highly qualified executives and professionals who are capable of efficient responsible action, guided by the principles of equality and solidarity to meet the needs of business management.
The ESTE project arose from a meeting held on 5 September 1955 between Father Ignacio Errandonea, S.J. and José María Barcaiztegui, who was then the Counselor of the Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Guipúzcoa, with Santiago Pagola and the two brothers, José María and Ignacio Aranzadi. S.J. who agreed to found a Higher School of Business Technicians.
The ESTE became the first university to offer specialist training in business management in 1956, with an eminently practical professional approach. In 1979, it joined the University of Deusto as the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
Throughout all these years, the ESTE has demonstrated a strong will to innovate and focus on continuous improvement. This has enabled the development of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education to meet the changing needs of business in today's increasingly global and multicultural world.
One of the ESTE’s milestones was the launch of its Master's in Business Administration in 1971, official recognition from the Ministry of Education and the resulting award of official diplomas. Another key moment was when it was the only faculty in Spain that received the distinction of the European Union Erasmus Award in 1990. The ESTE was one of the first faculties in Spain to engage in student exchange programmes. The first experience of this type took place in 1983 with Newland Park.
As of the 1993-1994 academic year, the ESTE began a new Licenciatura in Business Administration and its specialist Master's programmes. In the 2005/06 academic year, the ESTE first offered a new double Bachelor’s degree that combined business management with technical engineering in computer science. The aim was to prepare professionals capable of implementing the use of ICTs in business management. And since the 2009/10 academic year, Bachelor's and double Bachelor's degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area have been taught. Its own teaching model is used to promote comprehensive training and emphasise the development of skills, competences and values to prepare responsible committed professionals who are capable of working and leading businesses in a global environment. These Bachelor’s and double Bachelor’s programmes are complemented with a wide variety of Master’s programmes leading to official diplomas (Finance, Marketing, International Business, Competitiveness & Innovation...), providing an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of key management areas.
Throughout these 60 years, the ESTE's figures have proven its success: over 9,500 students have studied at the Faculty, and since 1983, over 4,000 have studied abroad. More than 4,400 foreign students have studied at the ESTE, which has contributed to creating an international environment in the classroom.
The ESTE’s international focus has been evident from its very origins in 1956, based on Business Management programmes being taught in the U.S.A. In this respect, the ESTE has signed agreements with prestigious universities across the world, which has made it possible for 100% of its students to opt for top quality educational experiences in Europe, the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.
The ESTE commemorated its 50th anniversary on 26 October with a large event held at the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium in San Sebastian. The event, entitled "50 years of university excellence in business management”, was attended by nearly 1,800 people. The same year, the Basque President at the time, Juan José Ibarretxe, inaugurated a commemorative monolith at the University of Deusto in San Sebastian to mark 50 years of university excellence in the field of business management at the ESTE.
As of April 2008, the University of Deusto has been present at three different locations (Madrid, Bilbao and San Sebastian) with Deusto Business School, which began with the aspiration to become "a benchmark in Spain for education and one of Europe's leading business schools to prepare executives from countries across the world”. La Comercial and the ESTE became a single Faculty of Economics and Business Administration under the umbrella of Deusto Business School in 2009.
Another big event was the inauguration of the three new buildings in the northern part of the campus in San Sebastian on 2 June 2011: the Patxi Altuna Building –Lecture Rooms; the Dionisio Aranzadi Building,with the new DBS-Executive Education and Postgraduate Studies head office in San Sebastian; and the Francisco Gárate Innogunea Building-Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre. These three new state of the art buildings reflect the new determined boost for the University of Deusto in San Sebastian to become a reference in socially responsible and sustainable innovation.
The best guarantee of the ESTE and its innovative teaching are the more than 9,500 alumni. Students whose years at the Faculty launched them on careers in business management in various industries and geographic areas.
Father Ignacio Errandonea S.J
Father Ignacio Errandonea, S.J. “He was a outstanding Jesuit, a kind man, full of zeal for the mission, a tireless worker (…), Ignacio Errandonea was also a wise humanist and well known scholar of Classical Studies. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1922 and later took his PhD at the University of Madrid. He was renowned on the international scene for his knowledge of Greek theatre and particularly of Sophocles, about whom he wrote nine books”. These words, spoken by Father Dionisio Aranzadi, S.J. in 1995, were a tribute to the memory of Father Errandonea on the 25th anniversary of his death.