Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI (ICADE) • Madrid, Spain
Comillas Pontifical University (Universidad Pontificia Comillas – ICAI) is a well-known private university in Spain. It is based in the beautiful city of Madrid. The Catholic univesity is run by the Society of Jesus. ICAI is one of the leading schools in Spain, it is constantly appearing in rankings- it was the only Spanish university to be named in the Times Higher Education ranking 2013. The university has a wide range of degree programmes, including Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and international courses, as well as continuing education courses. As the university is part of the Catholic Church, it is dedicated to open higher education to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances. In order to do so, the university offers a range of financial aid and scholarship options, to help cover costs and therefore enable students, who otherwise wouldn't be able to study, to follow their academic dreams. The aid comes form the Comillas Pontifical University itself, the contributions are made by the Fund of Church Grants, the non-autonomous foundation for candidates to the priesthood and from various organisations and individuals. The school wants its students to gain a truly global outlook- it is involved in numerous academic exchange programmes, work placements and international projects with more than 200 academic partners in Europe, Latin America, North American, and Asia. The school's roots can be traced back to 1890, when Pope Leo XIII founded the Seminary of St. Anthony of Padua. In 1969, the university was moved to Madrid, and that's when it was able to welcome a wider range of students. Nowadays, the higher education institution is made up of seven colleges and schools. The university has a large alumni network- notable alumni being: Diego López Garrido (former undersecretary for European Affairs), José Bono (former Prime Minister of Castilla La Mancha Regional Government and former Secretary of Defense of Spain).