CEO-UAB is a university research centre promoted by the UAB in 1989, with an interdepartmental nature within the UAB, with an interuniversity projection, and integrated into the UAB Research Park.
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968. Today, the UAB is one of the five Spanish universities recognised as International Excellence Campus. It is one of the best 200 universities in the world and one of the best 100 in Europe according to QS World University Ranking 2011/2012, and one of the three Spanish universities in 8 from 13 scientific fields analysed by the ISI Ranking.
The Centre is governed by the Catalan government (regional level), the Barcelona City Council (local level), the Barcelona County Council (provincial level), the Spanish Olympic Committee and the UAB. Since 1995, CEO-UAB also maintains a stable collaboration agreement with the IOC through the International Chair in Olympism (IOC-UAB).