Who are we?
Mondragon Unibertsitatea is a young university, created in 1997 and promoted by three educational cooperatives with an extensive trajectory and experience in teaching which dates back to 1943. At present it is made up of 4 faculties:
- The Faculty of Engineering
- The Faculty of Business
- The Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences
- The Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences-Basque Culinary Center
Its activity is distributed in 9 campuses located in the Basque Country and 8 entrepreneurship laboratories, 4 of them in Spain and 4 in China, India, Mexico and Korea.
In addition, it is a member of the MONDRAGON Co-operative Group, the most important business group in the Basque Country and tenth in Spain, with commercial and manufacturing locations in the five continents.
A differentiating element of Mondragon Unibertsitatea is its legal structure, since it is a non-profit cooperative university.
Mondragon Unibertsitatea has its own innovative educational model designed to respond to the new needs of society. This model focusses on student’s learning rather than teaching. It is also an educational project where the practical component acquires a very important place, in which it is compulsory for all students to carry out practical internships, apprenticeships and DUAL programs in companies and/or organizations.
Due to this relationship, the university has immediate and permanent knowledge of the needs and demands of companies, which enables it to adapt its training offer and professional profile of its graduates to them, guaranteeing to a great extent high and fast employability of the graduates.
Why we are participating in the project
The Apprenticeship project is a perfect context to identify innovative practices within the partner countries.
We would like to improve our knowledge to design high quality apprenticeship activities thus, strengthing our relationship with students and companies.
We want to share our 50 years of experience in WBL activities and to work together with other Higher Education Institutions.
Our role in the project
One of the singular features of MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA is the fact that the university offers VET and HVET degrees, in co-existence with bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. This creates a unique ecosystem highly valued by industry. There are more than 500 companies the university collaborates with, including companies of the MONDRAGON Co-operative Group.
The development of the parallel academic – practical training constitutes one of the main characteristics of MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA since its beginning, due to the strong relationship with industry.
Because of this relationship, the university has immediate and permanent knowledge of the needs and demands of the companies, which enables it to adapt its training offer and professional profile of its graduates to them, guaranteeing to a great extent a high and fast employability of the graduates.
Sharing our 50 years’ of experience in work based learning activities we can contribute a lot working together with other Higher Education institutions.
Jon received his industrial electronics engineering degree at Mondragon University and Ph.D degree in signal processing and electronics engineering from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 1997. He has been involved in competence based curriculum design, quality assurance, internationalisation and educational innovation
Josu is responsible for quality assurance, internship and work-based learning activities. He obtained the Diplôme d’ingénieur at SUPELEC (France) in 1993 and Ph.D. degree in energy and control of power electronics at MU in 2006. He was the academic director of the faculty of engineering and head of the electronic and computing department from 2007 to 2014.
Nerea López Salas
Nerea finished her Industrial Design and Product Development Engineering studies in 2014 and Secondary School Teaching Master Degree in 2015. Afterthat, she started working at Mondragon University, teaching and researching. She focus on science and technology, mostly in Secondary School and VET Teaching Master, where she also coordinates the practicum.
Mikel García Abaunz
Mike finished his Mechanical Engineering studies at Mondragon University in 2003 and started working at the University immediately. After 14 years, most of his work is carried out in VET and he is responsible for the relationship with companies for the training of the university´s VET students
Estibaliz is the coordinator of the Business Administration Degree at Mondragon University where she is also a lecturer. She is a researcher in the field of innovation and advanced services management in MIK- Mondragon Innovation & Knowledge and Council Member of RESER – The association for service research in Europe.
Ainhoa Ullibarriarana Garate
Ainhoa finished her Business Administration and Management studies in 2012 and Secondary School Teaching Master Degree in 2014. She is the coordinator of the VET studies in the Faculty of Business at Mondragon University where she is also a lecturer. Moreover, she is a researcher in the field of strategic person management in MIK - Mondragon Innovation & Knowledge.