IESIDE Business Institute


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The Instituto de Educación Superior Intercontinental de la Empresa (IESIDE) is an international university center created in 1987, whose mission is to offer quality higher education based on excellence, innovation and new learning technologies that train students. students as leaders of the future.


IESIDE is the leading business school in Galicia and Northern Portugal. With a history of more than 30 years, it has developed its own teaching models based on innovation and an eminently practical approach. Its employability percentage stands at 96% in less than a year, a determining figure for its more than 60,000 graduates and for the more than 7,000 companies in the northwest of the peninsula that, like the INDITEX GROUP, have their graduates among their management cadres . It maintains collaboration agreements with universities in Europe, America and Asia, which allow its students to carry out training stays in various countries. In its Exponential MBA it has 35% international students from 7 countries around the world. IESIDE belongs to Afundación, the social work of Abanca, a leading financial institution in Galicia and which is a founding signatory of the Principles of Responsible Banking of the United Nations and of the Collective Commitment for Climate Action 2019.


Mission and vision

IESIDE's mission is to carry out anticipatory and innovative educational work, with a focus on higher education.

IESIDE is oriented towards the company and internationalization, based on the most rigorous quality standards.

The purpose is to contribute to the formation of human capital, corporate social responsibility, business innovation and the promotion of the improvement of the competitiveness of national and international companies, with special interest in the northwest of the peninsula and the Atlantic Axis.

The differential characteristics are:

  • Business orientation: Efficient and responsible business management, entrepreneurship, innovation, new technologies and emerging sectors.
  • Excellence and in the generation of knowledge.
  • Internationalization in all dimensions: Content, students and strategic alliances with institutions from different fields.
  • Links and collaboration with companies:
    • Inclusion in the educational process (professional practices, exchanges, etc.).
    • Innovation for the development of management consulting services for companies.
    • Incorporation of trainers actively linked to the company.
  • Linking activities for the development of the productive sector (ABANCA Research, Technology and Innovation Centers).
  • Internal corporate training activities for ABANCA.
  • Implementation of extracurricular programs aimed at employment, social commitment and national and international interuniversity actions.


Campus and Venues

With an area of more than 16,500 m2, IESIDE has first-class facilities with a decentralized presence throughout Galicia. Three locations in A Coruña, Pontevedra and Vigo, a student residence in Pontevedra and four satellite units in Santiago, Ferrol, Lugo and Ourense make up the spaces in which face-to-face training is given. It also has a Virtual Campus for online training that enables blended training. The multi-campus libraries are located in the three venues and have digital access.

Quality commitment

As a result of the affiliation to the University of Vigo, IESIDE is the only training center for companies in Galicia that offers an official Degree in Business Administration and an MBA. It is precisely the cooperation with the university and the Galician company that makes it possible to complete the current university offer, focusing on the specialization in postgraduate training applied to the company. A model of academic excellence that incorporates internationalization as another essential pillar through the signing of agreements with foreign institutions.

The commitment to quality translates into the recognition of institutions such as ANECA (National Association for Quality Assessment and Accreditation), which endorses the officiality of the degrees in Business Administration and Management and Master in Business Management and Administration - MBA and membership in bodies that set quality standards in the training of managers and higher education such as AEEN (Spanish Association of Business Schools), EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), and CLADEA (Latin American Council of Management Schools) . In 2019 IESIDE joined the HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities).

The reflection of this commitment to quality is translated into the implementation and use of the comprehensive quality system that is presented below and that governs the activity of IESIDE.


IESIDE is recognized by the UN initiatives for its commitment to the inclusion of Corporate Social Responsibility, visible in our study plans. These initiatives are:

  • Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

IESIDE is recognized as one of the 25 best training centers in Spain and among the 1,000 best in the world and with the greatest international influence.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Instituto de Educación Superior Intercontinental de la Empresa (previously known as the Afundación Business School) was selected among the 1000 best business schools in the world with the greatest international influence. Only 21 institutions in our country have been included in this world ranking.
(Eduniversal, ranking 1000 best business schools in the world, since 2008)

The Master in International Business, MIB, among the five best bilingual programs in international business management in Spain.
(Diario El Mundo, ranking 250 masters, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)

The Master in Real Estate Business Management among the five best in Spain in its category
(Diario, El Mundo, ranking 250 master, May 2008)

One of the 20 best business schools in Spain among more than 125 business schools. The only Galician.
(Diario, El Mundo, MBA ranking and business schools, 2006)

In the Top Ten of MBA's in Spain
(Actualidad Económica, May 2004)

The clear commitment to quality in training has recently been awarded by the Xunta de Galicia with the "Leaders in Quality 2013" award.


Internationalization is one of the strategic goals designed for the creation of economic, social and cultural value, carrying out collaboration and exchange programs with universities, both national and international.

Throughout these years we have approached internationalization pursuing a double objective: to offer students the possibility of completing their training in other countries and to attract foreign students. To achieve this objective, we have channeled our efforts both in the development of training programs and in the signing of alliances with international universities in Europe, America and Asia.


A Coruña

Ronda de Nelle, 31
15007 A Coruña, Galicia, Spain


Augusto Glez Besada 2-4
36003 Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain


Madrid Avenue, 60
36204 Vigo, Galicia, Spain

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