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Management bodies

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees of Abat Oliba CEU University is the highest collegiate governing body of the University and exercises the functions inherent to that status. The Board of Trustees of Abat Oliba CEU University is the Board of Trustees of the Abat Oliba CEU University Private Foundation.

Composition of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is composed of both ex officio and elected members.

The following will be ex officio members: the President, the Vice-President, the national councillor of the Catholic Association of Propagandists and the Archbishop of Barcelona. The President of the Catholic Association of Propagandists will be the president of the Board of Trustees with the honorary title of great chancellor of the University.

There will be 12 elected patrons. They must belong to the Catholic Association of Propagandists as active members, and will be elected and relieved in accordance with the Statutes of the Abat Oliba CEU University Private Foundation.

Those elected shall serve a term of four years and may be re-elected twice in succession.

The following people may attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees to discuss one or more items on the agenda, when invited by the President, with a voice but no vote: the Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University, the General Manager of the University, the General Director of the Abat Oliba CEU University Private Foundation or other persons.

The functions of the Board of Trustees of the University are regulated by Article 16 of Agreement GOV/138/2011 of 11 October, which approves the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the representation and government of the University at the highest level; it is autonomous in the fulfilment of its mission, and it can carry out all types of legal acts and business and act within its jurisdiction, notwithstanding the faculties of the Protectorate. It is responsible for ensuring that the Foundation’s purpose is fulfilled, that the funds are used for the benefit of the beneficiaries, and that the income and assets available to the Foundation are used for their intended purpose.

The Board of Trustees has the faculties and powers that the law assigns to this type of body for the effective fulfilment of the foundation’s purposes. In any case, the functions of the Board will be clearly differentiated from the functions of the bodies and management positions.

The trustees must carry out their duties with the diligence of good administrators.

The trustees will be accountable to the Foundation in the fulfilment of its wishes and purposes, as well as answering for any damages caused by act or omission contrary to the law and the statutes, as well as any such acts carried out negligently, in accordance with the regulations in force.

 

All those who have expressly opposed the agreement determining liability, or who have not participated in the adoption of the agreement, shall be exempt from liability.

The faculties of the Board of Trustees include, among others:

  • To approve, interpret and modify the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of the University, as well as any regulations resulting therefrom, and in particular to ensure compliance with the ideology and foundational purposes of the University, as defined in its identity.
  • To establish the strategy and programme of the University.
  • To approve the University’s budget and oversee its execution.
  • To appoint, and relieve, the rector, after first listening to the teaching and research staff as required in law.
  • To appoint, and relieve, at the proposal of the Rector, the Vice-Rectors of the University, the General Secretary, the General Manager, Faculty Deans, School Directors, Centre Directors, Directors of University and Inter-University Research and Teaching Institutes, and Directors of associated centres.
  • To approve the creation, extinction or modification of faculties, schools, departments, university research and teaching institutes, associated centres, halls of residence, and any other centres or structures necessary for the development of their functions, as well as the integration of third-party university centres or institutes into the University, in accordance with current regulations.
  • To approve University staff and their pay.
  • To appoint teaching staff, at the proposal of the rector.
  • To determine policy on scholarships and criteria for receiving them.
  • To establish the general lines of the University’s relations with the public administrations and other universities and institutions.
  • To approve the implementation and suppression of official or proprietary programmes, such as the approval or modification of syllabuses, in accordance with the regulations in force.
  • To approve the rules governing the disciplinary regime applicable within the university community, at the request of the Governing Council.

     

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • President: Alfonso Bullón de Mendoza y Gómez de Valugera
  • Vice-President: Marcelino Oreja Aguirre
  • Ex officio members:

    José Masip Marzá, Vice-President ACdP
    Mons. Fidel Herráez Vegas, National Councillor ACdP
    Mons. Juan José Omella Omella, Cardinal-Archbishop of Barcelona

  • Elective members:

    Juan Bover Fernández de Palencia
    Íñigo de Bustos Pardo Manuel de Villena
    Gonzalo Fernández Escribano
    Consuelo García-Angulo de la Calle
    Manuel Isidro Marco Camacho
    Consuelo Martínez-Sicluna Sepúlveda
    José Manuel Otero Novas
    Andrés Piñón Quiñonero
    Roque Velasco Luque
    Ricardo Viejo Fernández-Asenjo

  • Secretary: Jesús F. Cogollos García
  • Administrative secretary: Marta Gómez Tejerina

 

UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE

Governance of the University is described in the provisions of the third title of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University, passed in Agreement GOV/138/2011, of 11 October.

GOVERNING COUNCIL

In accordance with Article 29 of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University, the Governing Council is the collegiate body charged with the everyday academic management at the University. Its agreements, taken within the scope of its competences, shall be binding on all other single-member or collegiate bodies of lower rank. The competences of the Governing Council are:

  • To ensure the fulfilment of the founding values.
  • To propose, when applicable, reforms to be made to the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of the University to the Board of Trustees.
  • To draft and present the regulations governing its own internal procedures and those of other collegiate bodies to the Board of Trustees for approval, along with regulations developing the Rules of Organisationg and Functioning.
  • To draft rules regulating the disciplinary regime applicable to the university community for approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the creation, modification or elimination of faculties, university research and teaching institutes or other centres.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the implementation and elimination of teaching programmes leading to official qualifications and proprietary programmes.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the approval and modification of curricula.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the creation and suppression of departments and define their composition and organisation.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the configuration of, and modifications to, the teaching and research staff, as well as their hiring and promotion procedures.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the criteria for granting permits, leaves of absence and sabbaticals to university teaching staff.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the appointment of emeritus professors.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the configuration of, and modifications to, the administration and services staff, as well as their hiring and promotion procedures.
  • To establish the regime for admission of students and the conditions of their continued studies in accordance with the legislation in force.
  • To approve policies of collaboration with other universities, individuals and public or private entities, and to take note of agreements and contracts signed by the Rector on behalf of the University.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the creation and suppression of university services and to establish the criteria for their assessment, as well as to approve their rules of organisation.
  • To submit to the Board of Trustees the draft annual budget of the University and outline the multi-year financial programming to be approved, and to administer the budget once it has been approved.
  • To approve the University’s annual report and financial statements for each academic year.
  • To grant honoris causa degrees, pending approval of the Board of Trustees, and to award medals and other distinctions of the University in accordance with the rules governing such honours and distinctions.
  • To approve the academic calendar.
  • To resolve any conflicts of competence that may arise between university centres or services.
  • Any other competence attributed to it by these Rules of Organisation and Functioning and other provisions that may apply.

The Governing Council shall be composed of: the Rector, who shall preside over it; the Vice-Rectors; the General Secretary, who shall act as Secretary of the Governing Council; the General Manager; the Deans of Faculties; the Directors of Schools and Centres; and a Director from each Faculty or School.

The University Ombudsman may attend meetings, at the invitation of the Rector, and will have a voice but not a vote. The directors of departments and university research institutes may be summoned by the Rector to be heard by the Governing Council when the Governing Council discusses issues relating to their field, as well as any other persons from the university community the Council may deem appropriate, depending on the specific issues being covered.

The composition of the Governing Council is as follows:

  • Dr Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga y Salamanca. Rector
  • Dr Sergi Rodríguez López-Ros. Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations 
  • Dr Joan Ripoll Alcon. Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Teaching Staff
  • Dr Alessandro Mini. Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations
  • Dr Maite Signes Signes. Vice-Rector for Students and Quality
  • Dr Pablo Nuevo López. General Secretary
  • Dr María Jesús Pesqueira Zamora. Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business
  • Dr Enrique Martínez García. Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Education and Humanities  
  • Dr Martín Echevarría. Dean of the Faculty of Psychology 
  • Dr José Ignacio Castelló. Director of the Department of Communication
  • Dr Rocío Bonilla Quijada. Director of the Department of Business and Economics
  • Juan Álvarez Morales General Manager

PERMANENT COMMISSION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL

In accordance with the provisions of Article 32 of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University in the 2019–2020 academic year, the Permanent Commission of the Governing Council has been constituted, which acts by delegation of the Governing Council for the resolution of the ordinary affairs of the University.
The Permanent Commission comprises: the Rector, who shall preside over it; the Vice-Rectors, the General Secretary, who shall act as Secretary; the General Manager; and the Faculty Deans. 

 

 

THE RECTOR

The Rector is the highest academic authority of the University and, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the direction, governance and day-to-day management of the University, in accordance with the Rules of Organisation and Functioning, and any other internal regulations. They preside over the University Senate, the Governing Council and any collegiate body they attend.

They also represent the University and preside over all its events, notwithstanding the powers conferred by the Rules of Organisation and Functioning to the President of the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor of the University.

The competences of the Rector are as follows:

  • To preside over the Governing Council and to define, in agreement with the Board of Trustees, the main lines of management of the University and to ensure they are complied with.
  • To issue degrees and diplomas awarded by the University.
  • To sign and revoke agreements and arrangements with other universities, administrations, natural or legal persons, public or private, and to authorise the use of the name and emblem of the University in such agreements and arrangements, which will be notified to the Board of Trustees.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees, through the General Manager, the hiring of academic staff, in accordance with the procedures set forth in regulations.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the appointment and removal of the Vice-Rectors, the General Secretary, the deans, directors of schools and centres, and the directors of university and inter-university research and teaching institutes.
  • To propose to the Board of Trustees the appointment and dismissal of the General Manager of the University.
  • To call elections for the representatives of the various bodies of the University.
  • To select, at the proposal of the General Manager, administrative and services staff, and to inform the Board of Trustees of such decisions.
  • To exercise disciplinary authority over teaching staff, students and administrative and services staff.
  • To recognise research groups under the terms set forth in regulations.
  • To carry out the functions of external and institutional representation of the University.
  • To authorise expenses and order payments in accordance with the University’s budgets, as proposed by the General Manager.
  • To propose the appointment of the Director of the Quality Unit to the Board of Trustees.
  • To exercise the rest of the competences attributed to their position by current legislation, the Rules of Organisation and Functioning and any other competences that are not expressly assigned to other bodies.

The Rector is appointed and removed by the University Board of Trustees, their term of office shall be for a period not exceeding four years, and they may be elected consecutively only once. However, the Board of Trustees has the power to revoke the appointment at any time.

The Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University is Dr Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga y Salamanca.

VICE-RECTORS

In accordance with Article 40 of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University, the Rector may propose to the Board of Trustees the appointment of one or more Vice-Rectors from among the University’s doctoral professors, who will take on the functions the Rector has delegated to them.

  • Dr Sergi Rodríguez López-Ros. Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations 
  • Dr Joan Ripoll Alcon. Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Teaching Staff
  • Dr Alessandro Mini. Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations
  • Dr Maite Signes Signes. Vice-Rector for Students and Quality

DEANS

Abat Oliba CEU University has three faculties:

  • Faculty of Law and Business
  • Faculty of Communication, Education and Humanities
  • Faculty of Psychology
     
  • Dr María Jesús Pesqueira Zamora. Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business. 
  • Dr Enrique Martínez García. Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Education and Humanities  
  • Dr Martín Echevarría. Dean of the Faculty of Psychology 
     

GENERAL SECRETARY

In accordance with Article 41 of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University, the General Secretary attests to the acts and agreements of the Governing Board, and they are appointed by the Board of Trustees, at the proposal of the Rector, from among the doctoral professors of the University. The competences of the General Secretary are:

  • To assist the Rector in the organisation and administration of the University.
  • To take minutes of meetings of the collegiate bodies of the University and store them.
  • To ensure compliance with the general and specific regulations of the University, with the agreements of the collegiate bodies and the resolutions of the Rector, and to order and provide for their publication.
  • To run the general registry, guarding the central archive of the University and its seal, and issuing any certificates as appropriate.
  • To organise and ensure the proper conduct of electoral processes that take place at the University.
  • To coordinate the administrative activity of faculties, schools and other centres.
  • To organise and oversee the safekeeping of assessment reports.
  • To prepare the University’s annual report for presentation to the Governing Council.
  • To organise solemn acts at the University and to ensure compliance with protocol.
  • Any other powers delegated to it by the Rector in accordance with the Rules of Organisation and Functioning.

The General Secretary of Abat Oliba CEU University is Dr Pablo Nuevo.

GENERAL MANAGER

In accordance with Article 43 of the Rules of Organisation and Functioning of Abat Oliba CEU University, the General Manager is the role charged with the everyday academic management at the University. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the appointment and removal of this role for a period of four years, which can be renewed indefinitely, although they may be removed at any time by the body that appointed them. The General Manager’s competences are:

  • To oversee and manage the University’s income and expenditure as included in the annual budget, and monitor compliance with its provisions.
  • To propose to the Rector the authorisation of expenditure and to order payments in accordance with the University’s budget.
  • To draw up and update the inventory of assets and rights that make up the heritage of the University.
  • To prepare the draft annual budget and report on its execution.
  • To prepare the University’s annual financial report.
  • To draw up multiannual investment plans.
  • Any other powers delegated to them by the rules set forth in the Rules of Organisation and Functioning.

The General Manager of Abat Oliba CEU University is Dr Pablo Nuevo.

ADVISORY BOARD

The Advisory Board is the body that connects the University with society: it promotes agreements with companies and institutions to improve the training received by students and help them join the world of work, as well as offering financial support and opening up lines of research of interest for institutions and the surrounding areas. The objectives of the Advisory Board are to:

  • Borja García-Nieto Portabella, President of the Board. Founder and President of Riva y García. President of Círculo Ecuestre de Barcelona.
  • Miguel Blanch Ferrarrons, Managing Director of Mutua Intercomarcal de Barcelona.
  • Luis Comas Martínez de Tejada, General Counsel of the Volkswagen Group in Spain, Secretary and Legal Advisor to the Boards of Directors of SEAT, S.A., Volkswagen Audi España, S.A., and Volkswagen Navarra, S.A. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the VW Group in Spain.
  • Josep M.ª Coronas Guinart, full member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences.
  • Juan Miquel Domínguez Ventura, partner at IUS Estudio Jurídico President of the Abat Oliba CEU University Alumni Association.
  • César A. Gibernau Ausió, founding partner of Despacho Gibernau Plana y Asociados, S.L.
  • Josep Graells March, founder and currently managing partner of the Graells March law firm. Managing Director of Public and Private Works, S.L.
  • Pedro V. Navarrete Sanz, General Manager of SONY Spain.
  • Carlos Puig de Travy, CEO Crowe Spain Audit&Advisory. President of the REA General Council of Economists of Spain. Member of the Catalan College of Economists.
  • Ignasi Rafel Celada, founding partner and CEO of Talman Group.
  • Manuel José Silva, consulting partner of Roca Junyent Abogados.
  • Javier Suqué Mateu, President of Castell de Perelada Vins i Caves. Director of Riva y García Gestión.
  • Eduardo F. Vidal Regard, Director of Acciona Servicios Socio Sanitarios.
     

ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD

The Academic Advisory Board is the University’s main scientific advisory body and is responsible for letting the University know about the needs of society in terms of the creation of new degrees or making changes to existing degrees. Its members are:

  • President: Dr Juan Francisco Corona Ramón, Professor of Applied Economics and Honorary Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Vice-President: Dr José Andrés Rozas, accredited professor of tax law at the University of Barcelona (UB).
  • Dr José María Alsina Roca, Honorary Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Dr M.ª Teresa Anguera Argilaga, Professor with the Department of Behavioural Sciences Methodology at the University of Barcelona.
  • Dr Jesús Silva Sánchez, Professor of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Dr Rosa Maria Calaf Solé, correspondent for RTVE
  • Dr José Ramón Ferrándiz Gabriel, Supreme Court judge.
  • Dr Eva Perea, Honorary Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Dr Carlos Pérez del Valle, Professor of Criminal Law and Honorary Rector of Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Dr Jesús Silva Sánchez, Professor of Criminal Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Dr Vicente Torralba Soriano, Professor of Civil Law, former Director of CDES Abat Oliba
  • Dr Conrad Vilanou Torrano, Professor of History of Education with the Department of Theory and History of Education at the University of Barcelona

The University Ombudsman, a person appointed by the Board of Trustees of Abat Oliba CEU University, is charged with the functions of defending and protecting the rights, duties and legitimate interests of members of the university community. Their fundamental aim is to contribute to the improvement of the quality and proper functioning of the University.

UNIVERSITY OMBUDSMAN CONTACT DETAILS

Dr Daniel Arasa i Favà
defensoruniversitari@uao.es

Secretary: Patricia Callejo

PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING A COMPLAINT

Any member of the Abat Oliba CEU University community may contact the University Ombudsman on an individual or collective basis to have a legitimate interest defended.

Any application shall be submitted to the Ombudsman Secretary, signed by the person or persons concerned, with a written, reasoned statement containing the personal details and address for notification purposes

EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

In drawing up the Equality Plan for Abat Oliba CEU University, we have been guided by the understanding that equal opportunities is a value that implies that men and women must have an equal right to be able to apply to and achieve any given job regardless of their gender, without any form of discrimination, be it explicit or implicit. However, in no case should equality be confused with the concept of parity or gender-based quotas.

BRIEF OVERVIEW

Since 25 November 2008, when it was passed by the Governing Board, the Equality Commission has worked on designing an equality plan for Abat Oliba CEU University. In the following months, a survey was carried out and presented to the centre’s employees in January 2009, and in the following month, work was started on analysing the data obtained and on drafting the document for the Equality Plan. In December 2009, the draft was submitted to the Rector and Manager for approval. In February 2010, the document was passed, allowing the commission to publish it in March that year.

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