The Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (CEU Cardenal Herrera University) forms part of the Fundación CEU San Pablo (CEU San Pablo University Foundation), which is a not-for-profit teaching organization with more than 80 years of experience in the field of education. Those who set up the Foundation were members of the Asociación Católica de Propagandistas (ACdP), an organization founded in 1908 by Father Ayala.

The Foundation, established in 1933 by the ACdP, possesses teaching facilities in 25 locations, providing more than 190 educational programs, ranging from Early Years Education to postgraduate studies and vocational training. The Foundation currently has a presence in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Alicante, Vigo, Jerez, Elche, Sevilla and Valladolid.

The establishment of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University was approved by the Valencian parliament in December 1999, but the Foundation had been undertaking educational activities in Valencia since 1971-72. After that first year of providing pre-university education, the institution then became a centro adscrito, or university college. From then onwards, the study programs grew to such an extent that it became a university in its own right, the first private university in the Valencia region. The Elche Campus began operating in 1994-95 and the Castellón Campus in 2007-08. The CEU Cardenal Herrera University is the only private university with a presence in the three provinces which make up the Valencia region (the Comunitat Valenciana).


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Honorary doctorates





  • José María Aznar
    José María Aznar

    Prime Minister of Spain 1996-2004


  • Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera
    Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera

    Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference of Spain

  • Nora D. Volkow
    Dr. Nora D. Volkow

    Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


  • Stanley B. Prusiner
    Stanley B. Prusiner

    Nobel Prize for Medicine winner in 1997, for his discovery of prions (cause of the pathology often known as “mad cow” disease).


  • Stanley G. Payne
    Stanley G. Payne

    American Hispanist.
    Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, formerly Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives Professor.

  • Andrea Riccardi
    Andrea Riccardi

    Expert in Law, Contemporary History and History of the Church.