The Abat Oliba CEU University is a university institution based on the ideals of the Asociación Católica de Propagandistas (Catholic Propagandistic Association), founded on 2003 with its headquarters in Barcelona. The vocation of service for the Catalan society, according to the Christian thought and, thus, to the inviolable dignity of the individual, is the basic principle of all its initiatives.
Every academic activity of the UAO CEU is inspired in the Catholic Church Teachings, and assumes as a mission "a continuous quest for truth through its research, and the preservation and communication of knowledge for the good of society", (John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, § 30). To these principles answers the motto on its coat of arms: “Viam sapientiae monstrabo” (Pr. 4, 11), which means "I instruct you in the way of wisdom”.
The UAO CEU aspires to the integral formation of its students in an education process destined to progress in a global world. For this reason, the UAO CEU contracts the compromise with the truth, in the conviction that "the Christian message should always be an encouragement towards truth, and thus a force against the pressure exerted by power and interests" (Benedict XVI). From this compromise is born the objective of training those whose conviction about the truth brings them to always value the effort for knowledge and respect the plurality on their surroundings.
The educative actuation of the UAO CEU in the knowledge transmission offers a kind of teaching in its classrooms at an excellent academic level, though it is not limited to it. The main focus of attention is put on reality, on the society in which the students will have to practice their professional activity, and the academic community as a whole gets involved to achieve this goal.
For this reason, the UAO CEU also promotes among its students an ethical compromise with society and each one of its citizens, specially with those defenceless or disadvantaged, since we understand "the University as a place of formation of solidarity" (Pope Francis). Every member of the university community of the UAO CEU has to be aware that excellence in formation and in research is but a call to responsibility and a determined attitude in favour of others.