Fira de Barcelona is celebrating, because one of its most emblematic events is commemorating its 30th anniversary this year. It is the Saló de l’Ensenyament, the education fair which has been a landmark event for young Catalan students over the last thirty years as they have decided what they want to study, and what they want to do in their professional lives.

The first edition was held between 26 and 31 March 1990 at the Mercat del Born in Barcelona, and as the first event of its kind held in either Catalonia or Spain, it proved to be a watershed for the sector. The Saló de l’Ensenyament was inspired by the European Student Fair which had begun in Brussels four years previously and represented a great step forward. Students could assess a wide range of educational opportunities in the same place, along with the ways to access them and the employment opportunities waiting at the end of them. It gave them access to the largest amount of information available, accompanied by a number of orientation services which have been a vital part of the fair since the very beginning.

This first edition, in 1990, required a surface area of 4,000m² for exhibitions and was a great success in terms of attendance, with around 80,000 visitors. The latest edition, which was held in 2018, required a surface area of 30,000m² and the number of visitors was over 100,000. We can see from this that despite being one of Fira de Barcelona’s most veteran events, the Education Fair is still going strong.

Training and Work Week

There will be over 190 exhibitors in the 30th edition of the Education Fair, between 20 and 24 March, presenting all their courses available today, including undergraduate courses, degrees and other higher education, supplementary and vocational courses. The event is being held as part of Training and Work Week, which also includes the Saló Futura, with 60 exhibitors and the full range of master’s and post-graduate courses available now, and the Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil, with proposals specifically for young people entering the job market or ideas for those who want to change profession.

30 years of the Education Fair as seen through its posters