The University began its activities in 1980. At the beginning courses were taught at the Palau Maricel, in Sitges, but by 1984 some teaching began to take place in Barcelona itself. Raúl Modoro (1980-83), Santiago Roldán (1983-89) and Ernest Lluch (1989-95), who were the Rectors of the University during this period, were responsible for the increasing number of activities at the University’s campus in Catalonia. This in turn helped to give the University a greater presence in and integration into Catalan social, cultural and academic spheres.
Ernest Lluch during a class at the UIMP (1994)
In 1989 the teaching of courses was moved to the Palau de Pedralbes and, after a few years, the courses and seminars began to take place at the CCCB, where they have continued to this day.
Joan Trullén (Academic Director from 1998-2004) leaving the inaugural conference for summer courses with Consortium authorities on July 4th, 2002.
Since 1997 the UIMP has existed as a Consortium made up of the University itself, the Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council), Barcelona City Council and the CCCB. The Consortium decided to adopt the name CUIMPB in 2001, in honor of one of the University’s rectors who worked hardest to promote the University’s Barcelona campus.
Throughout its lifetime, the University’s Barcelona campus has benefited from the work and expertise of prominent lecturers and professors run who helped to run the University’s Academic Affairs, including Antón Costas, Montserrat Durán, Maria Teresa Costa, Joan Trullén, Francesca Puigpelat, Blanca Vilà and Joan Fuster Sobrepere, to give a current example.
Joan Fuster Sobrepare (Academic Director since June 2007) with Antoni Castells (Catalan Minister of Economics and Finance), Narcís Serra (President of the CIDOB) and Núria Bosch (Professor of Public Finances at the University of Barcelona) during the inauguration of the ‘Keys to Fiscal Federalism in Spain’ course, which took place in July 2008.