Dean's message

Dean's Welcome Message

Welcome to the School of Economics and Business of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

Our school is one of the centers with which the UAB began its activity in 1968, now 50 years ago. With five decades of experience in student training, nearly 3,500 students, and a wide range of programs offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the School of Economics and Business is one of the school of reference in our country and has earned a well-deserved international prestige and reputation.

One of the main interests of our School is the permanent improvement of the quality of our education programs, a quality that is periodically subjected to external evaluation in all the universities that belong the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) according to some common standards. Such quality accreditation process, which in the case of the Catalan university system is carried out by the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU), places us in an excellent position. The School of Economics and Business has an Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIQ) certified by AQU, with advanced implementation in most of its dimensions, and has obtained institutional accreditation by the Spanish Ministry of Universities. This implies the positive evaluation of all of our the accreditation of all bachelor's and master's degrees, six of them with a special mention of excellence; additionally, five degrees have achieved the special dimension of internationalization awarded by the AQU, and three have done so with the added distinction of excellence.

In this context, two distinctive features of our School are its international vocation and the dual training it provides. The international vocation is expressed in a wide educational offer taught entirely in English that includes two degrees, a wide variety of official master's degrees and several doctoral programs; it is visualized in the rapid development and good reception of the exchange programs we offer, and it is also reflected in the scientific publications, research projects, and seminar programs fully aligned with the international standards characteristic of any academic institution of world prestige.

In terms of dual training, the seven degrees offered at the School provide students with the opportunity to do curricular internships and have a first work experience during their study period. This is a tradition that began with the Universitat-Empresa (University-Business) Program which will soon reach its 33rd anniversary, and which was consolidated with the offer of internships for the degrees taught at the Sabadell Campus and with the English internship program in collaboration with Barcelona Activa.

In September 2021, we joined a new Dean's Team amid an environment still shaken by the pandemic that began during the 2019-20 academic year, but with the strong will to continue improving the services and education we offer to our undergraduate students, from master's and doctorate despite the difficulties encountered. Although we are a public university and for years we have been suffering the consequences of systematic under-funding, which obviously jeopardizes our possibilities of investment in spaces, modernization of equipment, and increase and stabilization of our faculty and staff, we will continue to work tirelessly to keep up to our competitive and dynamic standards of service and education, which allow us to give the best possible reply to the demand for studies in the fields of economics and business.

Finally, to you, current and future students, I would like to say that here you will find a unique environment in which you can learn and prepare for the next stage. Today, education goes beyond the classroom and both the School of Economics and Business and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona offer you the best tools for learning and personal development by means of complementary spaces and services such as languages or physical activity facilities and/or through all the activities that the school organizes such as the Economy and Business Film Series, Entrepreneurship Talks, Conferences, Excel Workshops, Jobs Week, or the Quantitative Tools Workshops. We invite you to participate in all these activities and others that take place, and also to propose new ones and get involved in the day-to-day life of the school and the Campus. Your representatives in the classrooms and the Student Council help you have your own voice in this ecosystem that we all need to feed. Don't stop doing that and take advantage of the years of education while you are among us. Make the most of them because it's time for you to devote intensively in your education (a luxury you probably won't have later on) and make the most of them because it's the best device to boost your future career.
Welcome to the School of Economics and Business.