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Vision and Mission Statements


The world economy is in a state of constant evolution. Classical models are being questioned, and we face problems that require new approaches. In such a situation, in a society that is urgently seeking solutions, solid economic knowledge and research are crucial. The world requires people with a well-rounded education that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, global outlook, and cultural awareness.


Barcelona School of Economics (BSE) aims to promote the creation and transmission of frontier knowledge in Economics and related disciplines, by consolidating Barcelona as a world-class center of research, academic education, and professional training with the ultimate goals of informing policy and promoting economic and social wellbeing.

Strategic Plan

The following, are the four strategic perspectives and 10 goals of our strategic plan, which we aim at accomplishing in the period to August 2026, getting us closer to the fulfillment of our mission.

Strategic perspective 1:  Strengthen our global position in the academic landscape

We will work on:

  1. strengthening our position in the Higher Education area.
  2. Strengthening our position in the international research community 

Examples of how we will do this:

  • involve alumni more in the promotion of the masters' in their undergrad universities
  • improve the number of students coming through other recommendations
  • improve the branding of the institution
  • analyze trends of career paths after the first placement
  • provide information on required skills to other parts of the School
  • identify and launch non-regulated courses in different formats
  • increase the number of European and other collaborative projects and grants 
  • maintain the high standards of the Summer Forum

Strategic perspective 2: Strengthen our community

We will work on:

  1. Enhancing the faculty wellbeing and sense of belonging
  2. Enhancing the student and alumni satisfaction and engagement
  3. Enhancing the administrative staff well-being
  4. Strengthening the relationships with other stakeholders
  5. Dissemination of economic knowledge

Examples of how we will do this:

  • create a data hub
  • assist BSE research areas in their visibility
  • increase the endowment and its returns
  • organize joint seminars/Ph.D. courses among the two campuses
  • provide a means of contact so ideas can flourish and faculty are listened to
  • establish more frequent communication with the group of Research Professors
  • enable more access to study rooms
  • external evaluator assessing the programs
  • career service for alumni with more seniority, including relocation support
  • involve alumni more in advisor roles
  • design a road map for future alumni services
  • collect frequent data on the work environment and implement corresponding improvements
  • establish (in)formal contact moments with the Board of Trustees and Sponsors
  • increase the scope of the to include research briefs and other materials
  • organize at least two annual conferences per year

Strategic perspective 3: Strengthen our financials 

We will work on:

  1. Generating revenues through academic offerings to support the mission
  2. Increasing the revenue from other income streams

Examples of how we will do this:

  • identify and launch regulated training
  • have objectives per master and a policy for closing loss-generating programs
  • involve research professors more in the masters
  • promote career service more as a unique selling proposition
  • improve the digital marketing and prospecting
  • look for an independent financing scheme for the BSE Summer Forum
  • Explore further opportunities in sectors aligned with the BSE

Strategic perspective 4: Strengthen the internal organization

We will work on: 

  1. Enhancing the managerial effectiveness

Examples of how we will do this:

  • Reorganize tasks and responsibilities in the organization
  • processes for ensuring the application of best practices in masters and non-regulated courses
  • identify, design, and approve other strategic processes.
Bylaws and Internal Regulations
Governing Bodies

BSE's governing bodies are the following: Board of Trustees, Scientific Council, Academic Council, Units Committee, Academic Programs Committee, and Research Committee.

Read about BSE governing bodies in detail on the About page
Organizational Chart
Annual Reports
Compliance Plan
Equality Plan

The Equality Plan consolidates BSE's commitment to equal opportunities for women and men and to intersectional gender equalitiy. It outlines concrete actions to achieve the strategic objectives of the plan.

Harassment Protocol

BSE has a zero-tolerance policy for any behavior that violates the freedom, dignity, physical and/or psychological integrity of employees and anyone associated with BSE and is committed to a comprehensive approach.

BSE has approved this protocol to prevent, identify and act in situations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and harassment or violence against LGBTI individuals; to ensure a safe and respectful work environment for everyone.

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
  • In November 2022, Barcelona School of Economics (BSE) endorsed the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and committed to the implementation of the HRS4R for the research jobs at BSE. With it, BSE recognizes the importance of providing an adequate framework for researchers, where they can develop a high-quality career and contribute to enhancing the prestige and attractiveness of the research career in Europe.
  • The HRS4R award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resource policies with the principles set out in the "Charter & Code". Institutions that have been awarded the right to use the icon can use it to highlight their commitment to implementing fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers.
    Enrollment in the HRS4R is voluntary and non-binding.
  • HRS4R implies a long-term commitment throughout many years, including joint efforts and coordination with various internal and external stakeholders. It is nevertheless a rewarding process as it ensures an institution's transition from progress to quality, in terms of the implementation of the 40 principles of the Charter & Code.
  • The actions proposed in the first Action Plan (2023-2025) are part of the Implementation Phase, which is divided into two parts. The first one has a duration of 24 months to implement the Action Plan; after an interim assessment of revision, there will be another 36 months to implement the Revised Action Plan (2025-2028).

Current Job Openings

The Open, Transparent, and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) Policy is built on the Charter & Code principles which, through policies and practices, aims at making research careers more attractive, while facilitating mobility and equal opportunities for all candidates.

Gender Plan

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is composed of researchers from BSE's academic units who provide guidance on gender and diversity aspects of the BSE community.

Economic Information

Annual Accounts and Audit Reports
Endowment Investment Policy