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History

The origins of the centre date back to 1990, when the Chamber launched the project called "Superior School of Marketing", at its Alameda Recalde premises, so as to meet the demand for a professional profile which companies required and that the traditional university offer did not cover: experts in market analysis and development.

Even then the approach was three years in a classroom, with university studies training, essentially practical in nature and integrating supplementary subjects such as foreign languages or computer science, plus a period of work placement in a company which served to bring the young person even closer to the professional reality.
In 1992, the centre relocated to premises leased from the Compañía de Jesús (Society of Jesus) at calle Padre Lojendio, similarly in the centre of Bilbao.
The first class of students graduated at the end of 1994, with a degree in integration in the employment market which surpassed even the most optimistic expectations.

Given the success obtained, two other projects were subsequently launched with the same objective and framework, albeit in different professional profiles: the "Superior School of International Trade" (1994) and the "Superior School of Technical Engineering in Industrial Organisation and Economy", the latter in collaboration with the Superior Technical School of Engineering of Bilbao (UPV/EHU).

 

Affiliation to the UPV/EHU

At the same time, the Chamber initiated contacts with the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unlbertsitatea for the purposes of officialising the studies, which culminated in the summer of 1998 with its designation as an Affiliated Centre for said University.

From this milestone onwards, the three existing Schools were unified into a single school called the University School of Business Studies of the Bilbao Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation, adopting as a commercial name the shorter "University School of the Chamber of Commerce of Bilbao".

 

New facilities

In September 2003, the new training facilities of the Chamber of Commerce were inaugurated, at the intersection of the streets calle Alameda Recalde and calle Licenciado Poza, where likewise is located the University School, precisely in the same building where this project commenced its journey.

 

The European Higher Education Area

With the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), better known as the "Bologna Reform", the School designed, under its own criteria, the Business Management and Marketing Degree, in which all energy as regard its vocation and experience was poured into.

The new Study programme was launched in September 2010.