Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa, Jose Mª Arizmendiarrieta, S. Coop – Fac of Engineering at Mondrag Mechanical Department, Chair of Industrial Design

mission statement

Mondragón Unibertsitatea is a cooperative university of social enterprise and sense, the major activities of which are training, research and rendering of services to companies, educational centres and other public or private organisations. It is defined as a university having its origins in the Basque Country and with a global spirit. Starting from its culture and integration in the Basque society, it will be open to the most advanced universal thoughts as well as the cooperation and exchange with other centres, people and bodies all over the world.

Its fundamental mission is to achieve a quality integral training by means of an active student participation in their educational process, which will allow them to face with guaranteed success the challenges put forward by the current transformation of the business world and social environment in general.

This integral training will incorporate, the necessary know-how, as well as the capacities and competence based on the work ethics, solidarity, self-managing attitude (proactive) of its own destiny, searching for a balance between the personal and community development and, as a general rule, the values derived from the cooperative thought.

Mondragón Unibertsitatea is aiming at having an innovative teaching staff involved in the training process of students leading to the transformation of the society by means of a quality teaching system on the basis of active student-teacher cooperation.

Mondragón Unibertsitatea will become outstanding because of its efficiency in management of either its organisation or human and material resources, so as to meet the requirements of its students, workers and collaborators.

Mondragón Unibertsitatea will promote the cooperation/ relationship with other organisations engaged in training, research, application and dissemination of the know-how or business management.
In addition, this institution assumes a commitment to the transformation of the society by contributing to its human, technological and economic progress, essentially through Basque companies.

international role

Considering international activity, relations with prestigious foreign universities come from long time ago, from the seventies, thanks to our international student mobility program.
Since then more than 700 students have had the opportunity to follow studies in foreign countries in Europe and America, mainly.
Among them, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Ensam de Paris, Politecnico de Montreal, Ecole Centrale Nantes, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Delft Technical University, École De design Nantes- Atlantique, Essen Duisburg, etc.
Besides, we promote European student and teaching mobility on grounds of Erasmus and Leonardo programs.

Participating and organizing successfully of international design awards.

In the field of research, European projects have been developed.

national role

The use of design is fostered within different local institutions such as the Basque Government, Administrative authority of the Gipuzkoa county we belong to, Mondragon Town Hall, local design studios (Diara, Ithaca, AZK, ADN…) and National Universities: ELISAVA in Barcelona, University of Valencia,, University of Jaime I in Castellon, University of Girona, University of A Coruña..etc.
Besides, Cooperation is a fact with more than 250 companies involved in several sectors (household appliances, elevators, hand-tools, didactic equipment, packaging and package, graphic design….) but also with some clusters as it is the case of the automotive cluster from the Basque Country.

main focus

Nowadays we have implemented the “Mendeberri education project”. This training methodology works with PBL or Problem-project based learning. Its main purpose is to develop a curriculum and teaching-learning process reengineering to allow to:
• Prepare graduates incorporating competencies (transversals) and values (teamworking, leadership..etc) demanded by the society in the 21st Century, and highly professionals in their specific technical domain.

• Exploit the opportunities offered by the Information Society to improve the teaching-learning processes.

It implies a Redesign of the teaching-learning process:

• Focussed on the student, where the lecturer acts as tutor, advisor, guide, co-learner...
• Focussed on the construction of knowledge by the student
• Competences and values developed in an intentional way. Its development is evaluated.
• Variety of didactic processes (based on events, based on projects, by resolution of problems, discussion)
• The process and the product are evaluated and the lecturers and the students take part in the evaluation.

Our University held in 2005 an International Seminar in PBL Problem Based Learning, as it is member of an international PBL network of Universities.

faculties and departments

The Mechanical Department is composed by three units:


bachelor level programs

The Faculty of Engineering at Mondragon offers studies in several engineering disciplines. These studies are divided into two cycles. The Bologna process and schema have not been yet implemented in Spain:

The first cycle of engineering studies, is four years long and at the end, the student gets an intermediate degree of Technical Engineer.
The second cycle of Engineering studies is two year long and at the end the students get the diploma of Engineer.

After the second cycle, the student is able to start a third cycle programme oriented to get a PhD diploma.

First Cycle (4 years of Engineering Studies) At the Mechanical Department, the Degrees offered are
Degrees in-
Industrial Mechanics Technical Engineering (design option) Technical Engineering of Industrial Design

Second Cycle (2 years of Engineering Studies, excluding final project)Degrees in -
Industrial Engineering (2 options: materials and mechanics)
Third Cycle (3 Years of Research including Master in Research)
PhD Mechanical Behaviour and Materials

master level programs

Second Cycle
(2 years of Engineering Studies, excluding final project of one year) Degrees in
-Industrial Engineering (2 options: materials and mechanics)

research activity and main areas

-Innovation in the design and development of products. The aim of this line of research is the development of innovative products that are viable for a continuously changing market, as well as the redesign or improvement in current products offered by industry or the production systems they use.

-In ergonomics, emotional ergonomics and design for all. The goal is to make innovative product proposals on grounds of criteria such as ergonomics, (physic, as well as emotional aspect), aesthetics, cost, offering the suitable answer to all kind of users or customers “ design for all”.

- In eco-design, or industrial eco-systems. The objective of this research field is to innovate in design and develop new industrial products in which, the environmental aspects are taken into account in order to take decisions during the product development process and reducing the environmental impact of the product through out its life cycle.

doctorate level programs

Third Cycle
(3 Years of Research including Master in Research)
PhD Mechanical Behaviour and Materials

subject areas for exchange students

The mentioned areas, industrial design, industrial and materials engineering are opened for those students coming to Mondragon under an exchange program. (In the mechanical department)

application deadlines

- 30 June, for the fall semester/1st Semester (start: September 26, 2006)
- November 1, for the spring / 2nd semester (start February 19, 2007)

teaching languages

We promote a trilingual education for our students, therefore teaching languages are Spanish, Basque and English. For foreign students the offer is in English and Spanish, in addition, Spanish language lessons are offered.

semester dates

1st Semester: From 26 September until 1, February 2007
2nd Semester: From the 19, February until 18, June 2007
There are available two shifts (morning and afternoon shift), so as to allow students share work and study.

cost of living per month (studying and living)

The cost of living in Mondragon is 530 Euros (monthly estimation for housing and subsistence).
The expenses are estimated and based on common expenses; they could differ depending on the needs students have.

Enrolment tuition fees are established on the basis of the cost of a credit assigned by cycle. Thus, depending on the number of credits you are registered, you can have the total amount of payment under the concept of tuition fees.

- 1st Cycle ..........55,00 € Credit/Year *
- 2nd Cycle ...........63,00 € Credit/Year *
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