Barcelona GSE Alumni community



The Barcelona GSE Alumni community includes 2,741 Master’s program graduates.



Master’s alumni are currently working and continuing education in 119 countries worldwide.

Data is based on information reported by alumni themselves as of August 2021. For each region, the map indicates the 5 countries with the largest alumni communities.

Community engagement

12 alumni chapters led by 24 alumni ambassadors

Local chapters organize alumni activities in cities around the world. Each chapter has one or more ambassadors who act as liaisons between the chapter and the Barcelona GSE.

88 alumni chatted online with candidates and incoming students

A total of 88 alumni have been involved in the application process through the online chat platform (Unibuddy). As the previous year, this platform has been essential again as the coronavirus lockdown made admissions tours impossible.

In total, 390 prospective students from 103 countries used the service. There is no doubt that the connections Barcelona GSE Alumni made with these candidates helped to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on Master’s enrollment for next year.

Interview to Elisa Greene, the first recipient of the Alumni & Friends Merit Award

Elisa Greene was the first recipient of the Alumni & Friends Merit Award, the fundraising initiative whose aim is to award a full-tuition waiver for study in the Barcelona GSE Master’s programs. Elisa studied the Master’s Program in Competition and Market Regulation and she is working as an Analyst at Oxera Consulting in London since September of 2021.

“I am very honored to be the first recipient of the Alumni & Friends Merit Award. Thanks to that, I could come to Barcelona and study for the Master in Competition and Market Regulation. A great thing about the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is its strong community. There is a very good relationship between students, professors, and staff. Everyone is always there to help you when you need it.”

– Elisa Greene ‘21 (Competition and Market Regulation)

Online platform use increases

57% of the entire Barcelona GSE Alumni community has activated their account on the platform, with all class years and programs represented.

Learn more about the online platform

Alumni and students share their work on the “Barcelona GSE Voice”

This community-driven blogging initiative, now in its ninth year, provides a space where students and alumni can share their thoughts on economic topics or current events, and their latest projects, cases, or research.

In 2020-21, 42 posts were published by student and alumni writers. The blog receives around 17k visits each year from more than 150 different countries.

Visit the Barcelona GSE Voice

Master’s Graduation 2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional graduation ceremony for Master’s students could not be held for the Class of 2021.

Instead, the Barcelona GSE produced a pre-recorded “virtual” ceremony. The online format made it possible for members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council, professors, alumni, and students to participate, which they did from all over the world.

The community watched the virtual ceremony together via the Barcelona GSE YouTube channel on July 9, 2021. The watch party was well-attended by students, their families, professors, and alumni in 17 countries.

Invited speakers

Pablo Hernández de Cos

Governor of Banco de España

Joaquín Almunia

Honorary President of the Barcelona GSE Board of Trustees and former European Commissioner for Competition

Student and alumni speakers

Elisa Greene ‘21 (Competition and Market Regulation)

Alumni Regional Ambassadors

In addition to the invited speakers, students, and alumni, the ceremony included remarks by:

Paulina Beato, Chair of the Barcelona GSE Board of Trustees

Teresa García-Milà, Director of the Barcelona GSE

Margarita Arboix, Rector of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Jaume Casals, Rector of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Directors and faculty of the Barcelona GSE Master’s programs

Members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council:

  • Daron Acemoglu (MIT)
  • Raquel Fernández (NYU)
  • Oliver Hart (Harvard University, Nobel Laureate 2016)
  • Nancy Stokey (University of Chicago)


See all videos and highlights from Graduation 2021