CEIT-Cabecera historia


CEIT-Intro Historia

A 60-year history

Learn about the history of CEIT through the most important milestones of the last 60 years


  • 1961


    In 1961 Tecnun (School of Engineering, University of Navarra) opens its doors in Donostia-San Sebastián, making it the fourth oldest engineering school in Spain. From its first day, Tecnun combines teaching with research on Metallurgy, a field that is closely tied to the industrial tradition of the province of Gipuzkoa.

  • 1963

    In 1963 the CIT (Centro de Investigaciones Técnicas) research centre is created with the funding and support of Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Guipúzcoa (now Kutxabank) and with the mission to carry out projects and provide services for companies.

  • 1967

    In 1967, with an eye on the future, Tecnun builds three buildings to house research labs and begins R&D activity in Mechanical, Electronic and Environmental Engineering.

  • 1982

    In 1982 Ceit (Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa) is born as a non-profit research centre. Though Ceit is legally independent from Tecnun, the two institutions maintain close ties, sharing projects and personnel. CEIT is immediately designated by the Basque Government as a publically supported centre and it is declared a public utility.

  • 1990

    In 1990 Ceit employs 104 people.

  • 1991

    In 1991 Ceit begins conducting research in Microsystems.

  • 1996

    In 1996 Ceit's first spin-off, ATM, is launched.

  • 1997

    In 1997 research in Communications begins.

  • 2000

    In 2000 Ceit employs 176 people.

  • 2005

    In 2005 IK4 is constituted as a federation of autonomous technology companies whose members share strategies and combine competences.

  • 2006

    In 2006 Ceit inaugurates its new building at the Technology Park in Miramon, which houses the research facilities for Electronics, Communication Systems and Microsystems.

  • 2013

    In September 2013 Ceit, Tecnun and Clínica Universidad de Navarra launch the Center for Biomedical Engineering, a research centre where professionals from the fields of engineering, life sciences and business collaborate on R&D projects.

  • 2018

    In 2018 Ceit employs 245 people, and the thirteen spin-offs that have come into being since 1996 have over 300 high value added employees.

  • 2020

    In 2020 Ceit employs more than 200 people, and the fifteenth spin-off that have come into being since 1996 have over 300 high value added employees.

  • 2020

    The Ceit Atomization Pilot Plant located in the Miramon Technology Park was inaugurated in June 2020.