01. University Executive Board
Patron of the University

His Holiness POPE FRANCIS acts as patron of the University through His Excellency, Most Rev. Bernardito Cleopas Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to Spain.


Most Rev. Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus


Rev. Antonio José España Sánchez, SJ, Provincial of Spain

02. Team of Governors
Rector Magnificus

Dr. P. Julio Luis Martínez Martínez, SJ

Vice-Rector for Chair and Academic Affairs

Dr. D. Antonio Obregón García

Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs

Dr. D. Mariano Ventosa Rodríguez

Vice-Rector for Community Services and Students

Dra. D.ª Ana García-Mina Freire

General Director of Economic Affairs

D. Benjamín Estévez de Cominges

Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations and University Registrar

Dra. D.ª Ana Soler Presas

03. Governing Board
Rector Magnificus

Dr. P. Julio Luis Martínez Martínez, SJ

Vice-Rector for Chair and Academic Affairs

Dr. D. Antonio Obregón García

Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs

Dr. D. Mariano Ventosa Rodríguez

Vice-Rector for Community Services and Students

Dra. D.ª Ana García-Mina Freire

General Director for Economic Affairs

D. Benjamín Estévez de Cominges

Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations and University Registrar

Dra. D.ª Ana Soler Presas

Deans of Faculties and Heads of Schools
  • Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Canon Law: Dr. P. Enrique Sanz Giménez-Rico, SJ
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Dra. D.ª Susanne Margret Cadera
  • ICAI School of Engineering: Dr. D. Antonio Muñoz San Roque
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Dra. D.ª M.ª Teresa Corzo Santamaría
  • Faculty of Law: Dr. D. Íñigo A. Navarro Mendizábal
  • University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy: Dr. D. Juan Manuel Arribas Marín
Student Representatives
  • Head Representative: D. Gonzalo Gómez de la Calle
  • Deputy Representative: D.ª Cristina Castellote López
04. Senate

Dr. P. Julio Luis Martínez Martínez, S.J.

Vice-Rectors, General Director and University Resgistrar:

Dr. D. Antonio Obregón García, Vice-Rector for Chair and Academic Affairs
Dr. D. Mariano Ventosa Rodríguez, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs
Dra. D.ª Ana García-Mina Freire, Vicer-Rector for Community Services and Students
Ing. D. Benjamín Estévez de Cominges, General Director for Economic Affairs
Dra. D.ª Ana Soler Presas, Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations and University Registrar

Deans of Faculties and Heads of Schools:

Dr. P. Enrique Sanz Giménez-Rico, S.J. (Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Canon Law)
Dra. D.ª Susanne Margret Cadera (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dr. D. Antonio Muñoz San Roque (ICAI School of Engineering)
Dra. D.ª M.ª Teresa Corzo Santamaría (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
Dr. D. Íñigo A. Navarro Mendizábal (Faculty of Law)
Dr. D. Juan Manuel Arribas Marín (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)

Directors of Institutes:

Institute of Modern Languages

Ldo. D. Martin Beagles

Institute of Education Sciences

Dr. D. Jorge Torres Lucas

University Institute of Spirituality

Dr. P. Fernando Joaquín Millán Romeral, O. Carm

University Institute of Family Studies

Dr. D. Fernando Miguel Vidal Fernández

Institute for Research in Technology

Dr. D. Tomás Gómez San Román

Univeristy Institute of Studies on Migration

Dr. P. Alberto Ares Mateos, S.J.


Directors of Essential Services:

Pastoral Service
Dr. P. Alberto Núñez Fernández, S.J.
Service for Solidarity and Cooperation for Development
Ldo. D. Carlos Prieto Dávila
Library Service
Lda. D.ª M.ª del Puy Salvador Fernández
Information and Communications Technology Systems Service
Ing. D. Luis Francisco Blanco Esteban
Corporate Marketing Service
Lda. D.ª Virginia Tolín Hernani
Facilities Manager
D. Miguel Ángel Cilveti Herranz

Representatives of Tenured Faculty and School:

Dr. P. Gabino Uríbarri Bilbao, S.J. (Faculty of Theology)
Dr. P. José Ramón Busto Saiz, S.J. (Faculty of Theology)
Dr. D. Francisco Javier de la Torre Díaz (Faculty of Theology)
Dr. D. Rufino Callejo de Paz (Faculty of Canon Law)
Dra. D.ª Cristina Guzmán Pérez (Faculty of Canon Law)
Dra. D.ª Carmen Peña García (Faculty of Canon Law)
Dra. D.ª María Prieto Ursúa (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dra. D.ª Elena Gismero González (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dr. P. Pedro Álvarez Lázaro, S.J. (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Ldo. D. Félix Mariano Alonso Sanz (ICAI School of Engineering)
Dr. D. Andrés Ramos Galán (ICAI School of Engineering
Dr. D. Michel Rivier Abbad (ICAI School of Engineering)
Dr. D. Carlos Ballesteros García (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
Dra. D.ª Susana de los Ríos Sastre (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
Dr. D. Antonio Núñez Partido (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
Dra. D.ª Salomé Adroher Biosca (Faculty of Law)
Dra. D.ª M.ª Isabel Álvarez Vélez (Faculty of Law)
Dra. D.ª Cristina Gortázar Rotaeche (Faculty of Law)
Dra. D.ª Soledad Ferreras Mencía (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)
Dr. D. Calixto Andrés Plumed Moreno (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)
Dra. D.ª Paloma Huerta Cebrián (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)

Representatives of non-tenured Faculty and School:

Ldo. P. Pablo Guerrero Rodríguez, S.J. (Faculty of Theology)
Dr. D. Teodoro Bahillo Ruiz (Faculty of Canon Law)
Dra. D.ª Laura Bermejo Toro (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Dr. D. Carlos Morales Polo (ICAI School of Engineering)
Dra. D.ª Susana Carabias López (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
Dr. D. Adam David Dubin (Faculty of Law)
Dr. D. Ricardo Blanco Méndez (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)

Representatives of students:

D. Antonio Francisco Bohórquez Colombo (Faculty of Theology)
D. Silvestre Martínez Sosa (Faculty of Theology)
D. Jorge Briceño Guillen (Faculty of Canon Law)
D. Francisco Yojcom Rocché (Faculty of Canon Law)
D.ª Carmen Chichón Criado (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
D. Miguel Bermudo de Mateo (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
D. Daniel Elechiguerra Batlle (ICAI School of Engineering)
D. Ignacio Sanz Girgado (ICAI School of Engineering)
D.ª Macarena Martín-Gil Cubillo (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
D.ª Teresa Ana Gómez de Olea Prados (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)
D. Santiago M.ª Mazzuchelli Morales (Faculty of Law)
D. Joaquín Echeguren Pérez de Herrasti (Faculty of Law)
D.ª Isabel M.ª Gordillo Heras (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)
D. Guillermo Ilán Murciano Albert (University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy)
D.ª Marina López Rodríguez (CESAG)
D. Lluis Salom Morell (CESAG)
D. Alberto Chico Marcos (INEA)
D. Andrés Velasco Cocho (INEA)

Representatives of Staff:

D.ª Belén Recio Godoy
D.ª Begoña Pérez de Lema Yanes
D. Miguel Ángel de Domingo Ballesteros
D. Juan José de Barbachano Herrero
D. Julián Alcalde de Heras
D. Juan Carlos Matías García


After a century of university experience, at COMILLAS we are keenly aware that a great many things have changed since the university was founded. Spanish universities have moved on from the education of a select social minority toward a more universal social mission. Catholicism is no longer the Official State Religion and the Church has lived through the fruitful opening of the Second Vatican Council. Spanish society has assumed a more European and even global character.

The effect of these profound changes on COMILLAS can be seen in the University's move from Comillas to Madrid, in the broad expansion of its educational offer (Humanities and Technical Sciences as well as Ecclesiastic Sciences) and in its ongoing commitment to evolution and modernization based on solid and permanent foundations. Our university mission is firmly rooted within the framework of this evolutionary process, of the growing plurality of Spanish universities and new social and ecclesiastic needs and challenges.

However, when it comes to defining this mission we are all too aware of the lacuna that will always exist between the ideal and the actual reality of the human world.

A University above all else

COMILLAS accepts and endorses the definition of a University set forth in the "Magna Charta Universitatum", signed in Bologna in 1988: "... an academic community that, in a rigorous and critical manner, contributes to the protection and development of human dignity and cultural heritage through research, teaching and providing a diverse range of services to local, national and international communities".

We nurture Science and transfer scientific knowledge

  • Through the growing shared development of research in all specialist areas of study, as the basis and evolution of all transferred knowledge and the responses provided by the University to today's big questions. Because universities are nothing without research.
  • Through the teaching offered in all three cycles of university education, the complementary and permanent programs taught at our various Institutions and our specialist courses.
  • Through the progressive adaptation of degrees and programs to the professional needs and requirements of Spanish society. So that the time spent at out University equips students with bright employment prospects and prepares them to make an effective contribution to society through comprehensive professional preparation.
  • And, in particular, as the University's founding principle; through the contribution made to university-level ecclesiastic training for candidates to the priesthood and for pastoral agents, creating dialog-based structures so that theological disciplines can maintain their rightful place in the world of knowledge and the message of faith is transmitted in the right way throughout the modern-day academic community.

But Science alone is not enough... We strive to encompass the full reality of humankind and the World we live in

In response to the growing fragmentation of knowledge as it becomes increasing dispersed through new branches of science and specialist areas, COMILLAS aspires: to a systematic approach to reality in all its most complex manifestations; to an interdisciplinary method in research and teaching practices, and to the proposal and search for solutions to human and social problems.

Personal development alongside academic progress

Our aim is that every person to form part of our University receives a comprehensive education: focusing not only on academic training but also on their own free will, their human, ethical and aesthetic awareness, capacity for personal reflection and sense of responsibility. In short, COMILLAS aims to contribute to the full personal development of all its students.

Values can be described as the things that we, as human beings, value; the principles for which we are prepared to make sacrifices. They give meaning to our existence. They influence the way we think, how we feel and the action we take. No training or education program for human beings can be permitted the luxury of foregoing some kind of values.

COMILLAS will select and promote, within its own individual nature, but always in the most independent manner, the personal and social values it feels are fundamental to any given society, and especially in divided and unjust societies: mutual respect, interpersonal dialog, responsible freedom, the search for justice and peace, quantified professionalism, accessibility, helping others, solidarity with those who are most in need and a critical, balanced and long-term outlook.

Insistence on a critical approach

A solid base for building a critical approach requires science, the interdisciplinary search for Truth, the assimilation of fundamental values and a deep understanding of social reality. It is only upon these foundations that a truly human and global critical approach can be developed and applied. This critical approach must serve to discern any human manifestation.

COMILLAS can only promote a critical approach among its students if, as an institution, it also adopts this attitude. Therefore, the University sees self-criticism as a personal obligation, carried out through internal debate and critical analysis of the social and cultural situations in which it is immersed.

Local, national and international dimension

All universities today structure their service mission around these three areas, which cannot be achieved without ongoing interaction based on knowledge and exchange between these dimensions.

COMILLAS will always aim to maintain: a broad and open dialog with the academic, cultural, scientific and socioeconomic world in Madrid and throughout Spain; a constant commitment to global social and cultural development, particularly in Europe and Latin America, and a systematic international connection with other universities and university organizations.

We aspire to quality

None of the tasks or aspects required to establish an authentic university can be said to constitute a true service to society if they do not have the intrinsic quality guaranteed by the level of social approval gained by COMILLAS. We aim to make true quality our distinctive characteristic, and especially in our current times when all too often this word is used rhetorically and its meaning is being lost.

Our university is Catholic

COMILLAS was established by the Vatican and is run by the Society of Jesus. This reality is essential to our mission and shapes it in a very specific way.

Humankind, the center of the world. Jesus Christ, the center of humankind

No university education can claim to be comprehensive and founded on authentic values if it is not shaped by a specific perception of humankind. COMILLAS upholds, along with all its consequences, the Christian perception of humankind. That is: we adopt the Gospel in all its dimensions, together with the insertion in the Church as a basic community.

Christian response to fundamental questions

As human beings, it is in our nature to question ourselves and the world about us. We seek answers to life's big questions such as where we come from, the meaning of our lives and the world around us, about our past and what happens when we die. What is the meaning of Human life? Of our own individual existence? The University offers a Christian response to these questions based on the message of Jesus of Nazareth. With His support, we seek the deepest possible understanding of the mysteries that form an inevitable part of our lives. COMILLAS looks to achieve such ambitious aims through a concerted dedication to theological and philosophical scientific progress with a crucial humanism element.

Freedom to explore

COMILLAS proposes this approach, but it does not impose it. Because religious freedom and respect are upheld both within and outside the University and because confessional freedom forms the very roots of the University's Catholic faith. We will always promote, at the deepest level, authentic human freedom.

Impact on university life

The Christian view of life, humankind and society provides a host of intrinsic and enriching benefits:

  • The search for truth aspires to arrive at the ultimate Truth of God This search should be at the heart of all teaching and research, not to distort science but rather to reach the vital point of convergence between science and faith at which Truth can be found. This has been the motivation, among other projects and resources, for our desire to build a large library as both a tool and symbol of religious sciences and humanities.
  • There must be regular dialog between religion and culture. These are not two unrelated worlds. They are constantly interconnecting in our own thoughts and hearts as we search for our own internal balance and synthesis.
  • The primacy of human values can be seen in the selection and focus of the degrees and courses taught at the University.
  • Professionals who train at COMILLAS should never forget their obligation to others to be first and foremost fellow men and women. Beyond merely obtaining a degree certificate, our efforts should be focused on promoting justice and offering a compassionate and effective service to others, and especially to those who are most in need.
  • The University's autonomy will always be respected; however, this autonomy must also coexist alongside its own mission and the tangible link it maintains with the Church.
  • The community dimension of the Church reinforces the shift from a merely rhetorical to a genuine academic community, in which directors, lecturers, students and non-teaching staff form special bonds through their shared dedication to the University and acceptance of evangelical values. This all translates into a unique environment based on freedom, mutual respect and esteem, genuine dialog and awareness of shared responsibility.

Impact at personal and group level

In keeping with these ideas and conclusions, COMILLAS, in its internal dealings, proposes for


  • The broadest possible accessibility for all, supported by a diverse system of grants and personal loans.
  • Permanent academic targets, but also a strong sense of personal responsibility. The student is the central figure in their own learning process.
  • Individual support and guidance through direct interaction with lecturers and personal monitoring.
  • A personal talent for self-transformation in order to become agents of social change and to create and drive forward new business, economic and social activities. Any profession should be seen as a service to others and a chance to promote justice. COMILLAS believes that this goal is greatly hindered by studying at university for the sole purpose of securing future employment.


  • Academic autonomy and chair freedom, supported by proven professionalism and ongoing training.
  • Social and financial recognition of the importance of their work and the corresponding responsibility in the attached to this profession.
  • Identification with the COMILLAS university mission, which at the very least should cover recognition and respect for this mission and which can be seen through joint academic projects and other activities that support it.
  • Selection, education in the university mission, access to interdisciplinary projects and team work. A mentality based on the greatest possible dedication to the University.

All members of the COMILLAS community

Are invited to embrace the idea that team work, genuine collaboration and shared responsibility constitute a social obligation and a enriching mutual experience. Awareness of this can be seen through the maximum appreciation of the moral authority born from professional competence and bearing witness to life, and through joint ongoing evaluation of all university activity, the university's own mission and its ability to adapt to new contexts and challenges over time.

Permanent renewal

COMILLAS is aware that it has not and will not achieve all the goals set out in its university mission and wishes to expressly extend this intrinsic limitation to all educational institutions. However, it also confirms its desire to continually evolve and to always remain in touch with the changing realities, problems and needs of humankind, society and the Church.

comillas nodiscrimination

Non-discrimination statement

(Approved by the Governing Board on March 28, 2011)

The Comillas Pontifical University, in accordance with its aims and commitments as set forth in the Preamble to the University's Statutes, strives to ensure that no discrimination whatsoever should occur in any of its regulations or activities due to birth, racial or ethnic origin, gender, religion, belief or opinion, age, disability, sexual identity or orientation, illness, language or any other personal or social condition or circumstance, directing all university activity toward the utmost respect of human rights, social progress, the culture of peace, respect for the Environment and sustainable development.

The Comillas Pontifical University will adopt all necessary measures to establish the procedures and tools that will allow for the eradication and prevention of any behavior or situation that may contradict any fundamental right and will attempt to include a balanced number of males and females on all its decision-making bodies.