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University of Deusto, Bilbao

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The University of Deusto is a Spanish private university owned by the Society of Jesus, with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián, and the Deusto Business School branch in Madrid. It is the oldest non-State university in Spain.HistoryThe University of Deusto first opened in 1886, having been founded because of the Basque Country's desire to have its own university and the Society of Jesus's wish to move its School of Higher Studies in Laguardia to a more central place. To that effect a huge building was designed by architect Francisco de Cubas, which was the largest building in Bilbao at the time. Now it is the main building of the Bilbao campus, opposite to the Guggenheim Museum, in the district of Deusto, which gives its name to the university. The Universidad Comercial (Business College), founded in 1916, was the first business school in Spain, and the only one for nearly 50 years.Civil War and postwarThe advent of the Second Spanish Republic (1931) interrupted and altered university life at Deusto. On 23 January 1932, the Spanish Government dissolved the Company of Jesus by decree, and the University, owned by the Jesuits, was closed down. Some lectures still continued at the "Academia Vizcaína de Cultura", and the "Universidad Comercial" (Faculty of Economics) could carry on work as normal until the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. During the war, the University of Deusto became a military base, but after the fall of Bilbao in 1937 it was turned into a hospital, food supply centre, and concentration camp. It resumed classes in October 1940.
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  • A nice university located at the river bank just across the Guggenheim museum, its architecture and the facilities are really great!  more »
  • I studied for almost six weeks over the summer here, and fell in love with both the university and Bilbao as I did so. The two teachers I had (one for spanish, one for international business) were ver...  more »
  • Beautiful architecture and beautiful grounds. Located just next to the river, it's a fantastic campus to have a wander around.  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture and beautiful grounds. Located just next to the river, it's a fantastic campus to have a wander around.
  • Arcitecture and style are such that you will feel like royalty there.
  • Great architecture
  • Nothing to do with San Sebastian headquarters. A classic historic building and has known how to adapt
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  • One of Spain's most famous College of business administration
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Thanks to the Bilbao's safe and newly renovated metro system, all neighborhoods are any easy commute regardless of the city's characteristic rainy weather. The Casco Antiguo, or old quarter, is undoubtedly the heart of the city's and best place for trying the famous "pintxos" or small appetizers. Small boutique hotels and family-owned pensions provide affordable and convenient accommodation for those wishing to get to know this picturesque district. If you prefer a more tranquil experience away from the lively bar culture characteristic of the old quarter you might wish to stay in one of the many hotels that line the beautiful Nervión River leading down from the historical district to the Guggenheim museum.
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