Universidad Internacional de La Rioja

Awards, rankings and certifications


UNIR’s educational quality is recognised through varios renowned international rankings.


Ranking of Spanish speaking Online Institutions of Higher Education

UNIR is the 2nd best Spanish speaking online University according to consulting agency Hamilton Global Intelligence. More than 70 Spanish-speaking institutions with online training programs have been evaluated in the I Ranking of Spanish speaking Online Institutions of Higher Education, carried out by the consulting agency Hamilton Global Intelligence. UNIR came in joint second of this ranking.



Best online MBA

UNIR´s MBA has obtained the category of ‘Best Online MBA’ in the 2015 Postgraduate World Ranking. The evaluation criteria include the study program, the teaching staff, methodology, didactic material, the academic model and scholarships and financial aid.



Top 20 Online Business schools

UNIR is the first official university that appears in the V Ibero-American Ranking of online Training in Spanish 2015, placing ourselves in the Top 5 of Ibero-American education Institutes. Among other relevant degrees, the University Master in Financial management and Consultancy, the Master in Visual Analytics and Big Data and the Master in Game Design stand out.



MBA Portal

The MBA of UNIR is number 1 in the online MBA Ranking of 2015 of Portalmba.es and third in the general Ranking of MBA with a Master in Business Administration.



Educational Excellence Awards
March 22,2018

Best International University for Online Education
Best Innovation in an International University
Best Training Plan in an International University
Best Education Program in an International University

Special Mention for the Best International University

Platinum Award to the Most Awarded University

National Award Cultura Viva

November 13, 2015

The XXIV Edition of the National Award Cultura Viva in the category of Higher Education was awarded to the International University of La Rioja, UNIR for its contribution to the promotion of Higher Education through the use of new technology, its quick development as a university online whose first language is Spanish and the degree of satisfaction manifested by its students on all surveys.

AJE Award for University entrepreneurship

March 20, 2015

Granted in the XIII Edition of the Young Entrepreneur Awards of Madrid in the CaixaForum auditorium.

Award for Best Digital Project of La Rioja

March 12, 2015

The Newspaper La Rioja closed the Imaginext Rioja sessions with the Rioja Web Awards 2015.

Job Creation Award

March 5, 2015

Granted by the magazine Actualidad Económica, edited by the Editorial Unit. These business awards come from a long tradition and enjoy great prestige in the business world.

Internationalization Awards

February 27, 2015

UNIR has been granted the Internationalization Award 2014 of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of La Rioja, destined to the companies of La Rioja that stand out because of their exporting spirit.

Education Protagonist Awards

October 30, 2014

Last October in CaixaForum Madrid, the MAGISTERIO newspaper organized the VI edition of the Education Protagonist Awards where UNIR was awarded for being pioneer in Spain in the introduction of Online Higher Education.

Company of the Year Award

November 7, 2014

Award given in the VII Edition of the Night of Telecommunication Awards.

Company Awards

May 29, 2014

Eleventh edition of the Onda Cero La Rioja Awards last May 2014, the Company Award went to UNIR.

Values Special Award

November 2013

The Special Value Award 2013 given by the COPE group in November 2013 acknowledges the social commitment of the International University of La Rioja and highlights the values of solidarity and education of the Institution.

Awards to professors at UNIR

  • Casa de las Américas Musicology Award, granted to professor Iván César Morales.
  • “El Barco de Vapor 2016” Award, given to Professor Roberto Santiago.
  • Extraordinary Doctorate Award of International Reference for Professor Diego Iturriaga.
  • SEN Cefaleas Award 2015- Social category for his work disseminating headaches, given to Professor David Ezpeleta.
  • “Julián Marías” Award for researchers younger than 40, given to Miguel Rodríguez Blanco.
  • Extraordinary Doctorate Award, granted to Mónica Clavel and Alberto Magreñán.
  • Award for best research in sports medicine, granted to Manuel Jiménez.
  • Decorated with the Gran Cruz de Alfonso X El Sabio Award, José Antonio Ibañez-Martín.
  • Emilio Castelar Award of Retorical Eloquency granted to Miguel Ángel Garrido.
  • Extraordinary Doctorate Award, for his research on Food Legislation, given to Andrea Toledo.
  • Prisma Bronze Award, granted to David González.

Agreements and certifications

UNIR has certifications that endorse its education quality on an international level. Furthermore it has obtained prizes from several prestigious institutions.

  1. UNIR is Full Member of CLADEA, the highest category within the association.

CLADEA (Latin American Council of Management schools) is one of the most important international networks of Business Schools. This international organization provides a system of global cooperation and maintains relationships of reciprocal memberships with the principal academic institutions in the world. It currently boasts 226 affiliated institutions- private as well as public- belonging to Latin America, North America, Europe and Oceania.


  1. Agreements with ICETEX, Ápice and OEA

UNIR has scholarship and aid agreements for students in Latin America.

  • ICETEX: the goal of the Colombian Educational Credit Institute and Technical Studies Abroad is to promote superior education for young people and professionals with low financial resources and a high academic performance. Through this agreement, UNIR offers scholarships of up to 100% to Colombian Postgraduate students.
  • Ápice: At the beginning of 2015, UNIR signed a cooperation agreement with the Pan-American Association of Educational Credit Institutions. With this initiative, students in Latin America and the Caribbean that are interested in studying at UNIR may have access to educational credit to finish their programs. Furthermore, based on the different published calls for scholarships, the students can apply for scholarships of up to 25%.
  • OEA: the alliance of UNIR with the Organization of American States pursues the increase and diversification of training opportunities and the development of American citizens, through several lines of work established between both institutions.
  1. Recognized by the United Nations as an educational institute that fulfills the 10 principles of the Global Compact.
  1. UNIR is incorporated to UDUAL,the union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean. This organization has the objective to promote the improvement of their associated universities. This way, UNIR has a chance to increase its cooperation in Latin America.