The Cardenal Cisneros Foundation is the owning entity of Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros. Its aim is to train professionals with a firm commitment to education and engaging with people, based on permanent dialogue, research, shared reflection, and educational innovation.
Affiliation with the University of Alcalá
Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros has had an affiliation agreement with the University of Alcalá since 1979.
This affiliation with the University of Alcalá makes us feel part of a wider university project with a firm commitment towards quality, the generation and transmission of knowledge, and the development of science and culture.
The Marist Brothers Institute
The driving force behind Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros is the Marist Brothers religious congregation. The Marist Brothers Institute was founded in 1817 by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, whose philosophy was "to teach children, one must love them". His mission was to educate children and young people with great compassion and care for those most in need. Today, there are over 4,300 Marist brothers, living and working in 76 countries all over the world. The Marist brothers share their educational and evangelical mission with over 40,000 people, working with some 500,000 children and youths.
Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros is also part of the Marist International Network of Higher Education Institutions formed by over thirty universities from all over the world. These universities share the same educational mission, principles of identity, relevance, equality, and participation.