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History of Loyola University

The origin of the Loyola University was ETEA, School of Economic and Business Sciences in Córdoba, and its experience in higher education dates from 1963. The educative tradition of the Jesuits commenced with the beginning of The Society of Jesus itself in 1540. Its founder, Ignatius of Loyola, devoted himself to society through education, dialogue and the encounter of faith with science. The Company was the first religious order to found a university, The Roman College, in 1551. Today there are 238 universities and university centers in over 70 countries teaching more than 160,000 students of all religious affiliations.

Jesuit Identity in Spain

The identity of the Loyola University, shared with the other centers of The Society of Jesus, is marked by its commitment to academic work from the conception of life and society marked by the evangelical values of freedom and respect, justice and solidarity, the search for truth, dialogue and tolerance, responsibility and participation.

As a Jesuit University, the mission of Loyola University is:

The mission of Loyola University Andalusia according to the strategic plan approved by the highest governing body is to create thinking for the best and greatest service of humanity, to educate men and women for others, not the best in the world, but the best at solving the world's problems and make their entire pursuit a place of dialogue and fruitful meaning in which people from different cultures, beliefs and ideologies can live an inspired and committed life with others and with creation.

To carry out this mission, the Loyola University operates with the same pedagogical model as other universities and university centers of The Society of Jesus in Spain, integrated within the UNIJES, with four key dimensions for the well-rounded formation of individuals:

  • Utilitas. Competent people to confront the technical, social and human problems that all professionals encounter.
  • Humanitas. Human people in all senses of the word, aware of themselves and of the world that they live in and sensitive to the aspirations and concerns of their contemporaries.
  • Iustitia. People committed to building a fairer and more compassionate world and able to feel the pleasure and pain of others as their own.
  • Fides. People able to explicitly open up to the quest for the sense of their existence and the question of God, sensitive to the Gospel and Christianity and their values and their proposals.

Loyola University is integrated in UNIJES, the network of universities and university centers of the Society of Jesus in Spain.

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