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Our history

In this page you will find a brief summary of the history of CESTE, from its foundation in 1987 through the most relevant milestones throughout its existence, and until today.

The origin of CESTE: a social need (1987)

Some business people, concerned about higher education for their children to ensure they would be best placed to take care of family businesses, went to the Directors of Sagrada Familia school in Zaragoza – where their sons and daughters went to secondary school – and raised their concerns.

Zaragoza, vista aérea zona Vadorrey

Zaragoza. Vista aérea zona de Vadorrey. Años 80.

In 1987, led by members of the ownership of the College, with a long tradition in the world of education, a working group began that, with the collaboration of different entrepreneurs together with people from the world of college education, designed what would have to be pioneering studies, able to train future professionals to, once they finished their Bachelor’s degree, be prepared to be what was then called “tactical executives”. Thus, over the year 1988-1989, the Centre for advanced and technical studies for business was launched, the origin of the current CESTE international business school, and the first class of graduates in business administration began. Aragon’s first business school was born.

Zaragoza. El Mercado Central en 1987.

Zaragoza. Central Market in 1987.

CESTE introduces the British University Model (1994)

From the beginning training in technology and languages (English and a second foreign language), along with other areas of management, was part of the leader’s profile, first in a three-year degree, then four. Once they had carried out the relevant internships, the students left CESTE as professionals ready to add value to the companies from their first day.

The idea of giving these studies official recognition, was that the direction of CESTE would seek models of higher education taught with a participative methodology, that prioritizes the proactivity of students, compatible with the ideals that resulted in the birth of CESTE. It was found that the British University education system, responded very appropriately to what intended and thus, with the support of the British Council, went to a collaboration agreement with the University of Wales in 1994, which still exists today and allows CESTE students to obtain an official British Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Business Administration (BBA) from this University, in addition to the Diploma which CESTE awards.

Zaragoza. Construcción del Parking en el subsuelo de la Avenida de César Augusto. 1990

Zaragoza. Construction of the parking in the basement of the Avenue of Caesar Augustus. 1990

Over the year 1990-91 the first MBA in Aragon began in CESTE, the star program of any business school, which provided access to practical and vocational training for the business world to a significant number of postgraduate and professional young people now not needing to move for quality training, with the best professionals nationwide. And so, both postgraduate and Executive programs were developed. Alongside these programmes development began on other courses aimed at executives: CADE (a course for upper management), CADF (a course for upper financial management) and specialized courses and Masters.

CESTE starts an information technology degree (2001)

Working together with companies allowed CESTE to see the need to train professionals in the then so-called ‘new technologies’ that were closer to business and responding to their problems. This understanding and collaboration has directly enabled the growth of areas of innovation in the various organizations. CESTE began training in new technologies, in collaboration with CISCO SYSTEM and their CNAP program, in June 2000. On that date, CESTE became the CISCO Regional Academy for the Aragon area, allowing CESTE to teach in schools and the Local Academies, which would subsequently be incorporated to the Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) training. Over the year 2001-2002, the University of Wales recognised a new degree: the Bachelor of Sciences Honours Degree in Computer Sciences (BCS), in which a university education in business administration is combined with one of computer technologies.

Zaragoza. Plaza del Pilar. 2001

Zaragoza. Pilar Square. 2001

Although CESTE had validated its MBA years ago with the University of Wales, changes with the introduction of the Bologna Agreement in higher education recommended validating it again with the University of Wales, at the same time two other programs that had gained prominence in CESTE were validated: the Masters in banking and finance, and Masters in communication technologies. These three Masters programs, after being recognized by the University of Wales, obtained the corresponding authorization for their implementation by the Government of Aragon.

And it is as a result of these policy changes in university education that schools using systems from other countries are required to be authorised by their devolved government, and in all cases the Autonomous community of Aragon granted this authorisation.

The CESTE Foundation (2003)

Ethical standards in the world of business was a concern of CESTE, and a seminar on behaviour management was introduced as a way to reflect, awareness and training on this issue.
In the year 2003, CESTE and Colegio Sagrada Familia, which is the origin of this business school, decided to create the CESTE Foundation of Education and Business to organise and develop the charitable activities carried out by the two educational institutions, and to strengthen the social aspects of their work. Now, reflection and work on this dimension of professional performance is developed, in addition to in classrooms, through the Ethiconomy Forum of the Foundation CESTE.

The Foundation carries out its activities through forums: employability; Information and communication technologies; Social health; Eticonomia; Education; Finance and entrepreneurship; Leisure and tourism; and CESTE people.

International Students, you are welcome! (2008)

Since its creation, the Advisory Board has felt that internationalization is very important. And that is why, the European Union and later other countries, have been recieved special attention from CESTE, in order to train students in the internationalization and globalization of economic and human relations, and to open our enrolment and classes to students of different backgrounds, from Spanish speaking Latin America, or from other sources such as Russia, Asia or Africa.

In the year 2008, CESTE intensified its commitment to internationalization and began to receive numerous groups of international students, making life at school a multicultural, diverse and enriching educational experience.

Zaragoza Palacio de Congresos

Zaragoza. Palace of Congresses. 2008

CESTE and the future

Currently CESTE is still delving into methodological innovation of their learning processes, collecting everything that is beneficial to giving their students the experience of the British University system, with special emphasis on bilingual education in English, but also looking at other possibilities, such as the Finnish system. CESTE has also incorporated that system by creating the Lab Zaragoza as a space for innovation and entrepreneurship which introduces Zaragoza to students of the University degree of entrepreneurial leadership and innovation (LEINN) from the University of Mondragón.

Zaragoza. Puente del Tercer Milenio

Zaragoza. Bridge of the Third Millennium


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