On 16th January 1933 CEU started his public life with the first classes of the studies of the Degree in Law of 1932-1933. But before the inauguration of its first classes, CEU had been building up since the 19th General Assembly of ACdP held from 11th to 19th September 1932. In such Assembly, the founder of CEU and chairman of ACdP, Ángel Herrera Oria – following the advice of Pio XI in a private audience- exposed the need to formally develop a deep humanistic and philosophical education of the Spanish society as a necessary learning for the correct dissemination and incarnation of Social Church Doctrine.
This humanistic, philosophical and theological education that was going to translate into courses and chairs as per the agreement of such Assembly evolved through 1932 and ended up in a proposal for the creation of CEU some months after. Therefore, in November 1932 the Bulletin of the ACdP offered the news that Federico Salmón Amorín had been appointed first Dean of CEU.
Salmón was a brilliant State Attorney who had been Director of La Verdad in Murcia and Law Professor at Universidad de Murcia and that would afterwards be Ministry of Justice and finally killed in Paracuellos del Jarama in 1936.
Today CEU is the biggest private academic group in Spain. It has 25 teaching centres where it teaches over 200 official degrees that include Childhood Education and Postgraduate studies and Professional Education studies. It has 40,000 students, 300,000 alumni and 4,000 employees.
At present it has centres in Madrid Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Castellón, Alicante, Vigo, Jerez, Elche, Sevilla, Vitoria y Valladolid, among them 3 Universities: Universidad CEU San Pablo, Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera and Universitat Abat Oliba CEU.
The education project of Fundación CEU is based on the Christian Humanist principles, the commitment with academic excellence and comprehensive education of students.
Also the Fundation boosts initiatives for the development and progress of the society such as the Institute of Humanities Ángel Ayala or the Congress of Catholics and Public Life.