Social Economy and Solidarity Economy
The Master's in Social Economy and Solidarity Economy is managed and promoted by the GEZKI Institute (Institute of Corporate Law and Social Economy), with additional collaboration from the Hegoa Institute, the Faculty of Labour Relations and Social Work, the Faculty of Economics and Business (Gipuzkoa Department), and the Department of Applied Economics I and Business Law (all of which belong to UPV/EHU). The course started in the academic year 2013/2014.
The socio-economic features of the Basque Country are indicators of a deep-rooted tradition in, and the future potential of, a Social and Solidarity Economy. Well-known corporate phenomenon Mondragón is just one indicator of the fact that the Basque Country is enthusiastically embracing initiatives supporting a different kind of economy: one far from the classic model of our times in which markets and private profitability are the driving forces. Economic activities flourishing under the Social and Solidarity Economy will undoubtedly demand a supply of professionals with strong academic and scientific training, who can advise and work with the sector's different organisations (cooperatives, worker-owned companies, specialist employment centres, labour market integration companies etc.).
This qualification is recognised at level 3 in the Spanish Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) and corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), according to Royal Decree 22/2015 of 23rd January 2015 (BOE Spanish Official Gazette 07/02/2015).