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The Spanish private universities best rated by companies

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IE University, Universitat Alfons X el Savi and Universitat de Navarra stand out in the Forbes ranking

IE University, the Universitat Alfons X el Savi (UAX) and the University of Navarra are in the top 3 private Spanish universities most valued by companies, according to the latest Forbes ranking. This ranking highlights the work of these universities in establishing links with business, generating innovation and social development, as well as adapting training methodologies to meet market needs.

IE University: Boosting students’ talent and employability

IE University, based in Madrid and Segovia, is recognized for promoting an educational model based on research, education and innovation. The university maintains agreements with more than 3,200 companies and institutions, offering its students outstanding career opportunities. Among the companies where students do internships are Amazon, JP Morgan, Danone and Cuatrecasas. In addition, the IE Talent & Careers team guides and helps students to develop their careers successfully. This has led to a high employability rate, with 96% of students graduating in 2023 currently working.

Alfons X el Savi University (UAX): Leader in job placement and social impact

Alfons X el Savi University, with campuses in Villanueva de la Cañada and Madrid Chamberí, has evolved its teaching model to adapt to the talent needs of companies. With almost 9,000 agreements with companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Santander, Quirón Salut and Ecoalf, the UAX offers its students an outstanding professional experience. Through the UAXmakers model, more than 6,000 students have participated in the development of nearly a hundred projects with social impact. In addition, the university has promoted a new educational model that combines business and technology in the Business & Tech Faculty (

University of Navarra: Reputation and internationality

The University of Navarra, recognized as the most international university in Spain, stands out in terms of reputation among employers. With four campuses in Spain, including one in Pamplona, ​​the university offers a Business Initiation program (PEU) in collaboration with companies from different sectors. In addition, it promotes recruitment events and activities such as the Virtual Job Fair and organizes webinars with companies to strengthen student training. The University of Navarra also emphasizes the Core Curriculum to strengthen the intellectual training of its students (

Other private universities featured in the ranking

In addition to the three universities mentioned above, the Forbes ranking also includes other Spanish private universities that are highly rated by companies. Cunef University, with more than 750 agreements with national and international companies, and San Pablo CEU University, which offers Professional Careers to meet students’ talent access needs, are in the top 5 of the ranking. Other universities such as the European University, the Cometes Pontifical University, the Ramón Llull University, the Deusto University and the Nebrija University are also recognized by companies.

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