Archive for January/2012


IE Business School’s International MBA program is No. 3 in Europe and No. 8 worldwide according to the latest Financial Times ranking of MBA programs. The result of this latest ranking further consolidates IE Business School’s International MBA as the best in Spain. 

This year 87% of IE Business School’s International MBA is made up of international students from 76 countries, making the School’s student body one of the most diverse in the world. The School continues to strengthen its commitment to a global environment with programs like the IE Brown Executive MBA, an innovative blend of management and humanities run jointly with Brown University. Launched last year, the IE Brown Executive MBA is geared to directors with more than 10 years of experience in management, combining IE’s strength in the field of business management with the recognition of Ivy League member Brown University as an international leader in humanistic, social and scientific disciplines. The English-taught program comprises online sessions with 5 residential periods held in Madrid and Providence (US). 

 The Financial Times ranking comprises 21 categories that refer to both the institution and alumni. They include data like the international outreach of each school and its programs, the extent to which expectations are met, the weighted salaries of alumni three years after graduation, the percentage of women faculty and students, the percentage of international professors and professors with a PhD, and levels of research. 

El International MBA de IE Business School, 3º de Europa y 8º del mundo según Financial Times 

El International MBA de IE Business School es el 3º de Europa y el 8º del mundo, según el ranking 2012 de programas MBA de Financial Times. Con este resultado, IE Business School consolida su International MBA como el mejor de España. 

El International MBA de IE Business School cuenta este año con un 87% de alumnos  extranjeros que proceden de 76 países, un dato que sitúa a la escuela de negocios entre las más diversas del mundo. En su apuesta por la internacionalización, IE Business School ha puesto en marcha recientemente el IE Brown Executive MBA, un programa conjunto con Brown University que integra el management y las humanidades. Este programa, orientado a directivos con más de 10 años de experiencia, suma la fortaleza de IE Business School en gestión empresarial al reconocimiento de Brown University, miembro de la selecta Ivy League de EE.UU., en disciplinas humanísticas, sociales y científicas. El IE Brown Executive MBA es un programa en inglés que combina formación online con 5 periodos residenciales en Madrid y en Providence (EE.UU.). 

 El ranking de Financial Times analiza 21 indicadores, tanto institucionales como referidos a los graduados de cada escuela. Entre ellas, evalúan el grado de internacionalización de la escuela y la proyección de sus programas, el cumplimiento de expectativas, la retribución de los graduados tres años después del término del programa, el porcentaje de profesores y alumnos internacionales, el porcentaje de mujeres en el claustro


This past January 26th, IE hosted the round table “ARCOMadrid and Contemporary Art collecting”, attended by a capacity crowd more than 100 people. The event was chaired by Arantza de Areilza, Dean of the IE School of Arts & Humanities, and included as panelists Carlos Urroz, the director of ARCO, Elisa Hernando, a former economist who is now a successful art advisor, Francisco Gonzalez, a successful lawyer and collector, and Julieta Rafecas, an art historian with a wide experience in both the primary and secondary art markets.

Carlos Urroz began the panel discussion by explaining in general how art fairs work and the world of collectors, and then focused specifically on the fair that he runs, emphasizing the ways to identify and evaluate a collector. Afterwards he described the different initiatives that had been introduced under his mandate in the fair, e.g. First Collector, and the different activities that are being jointly organized with other institutions such as the Fundación ICO or the Fundación La Caixa.

Elisa Hernando started with a brief analysis of the art market and the nature of investment, which often informs the acquisition of a work of art, with a special emphasis on the Mei Moses Index. She then explained the interesting initiative that she runs in ARCO, First Collector, whose goal is to introduce beginners to the world of collecting. This project, linked to the ARCO art fair, is individually customized to the interests and budget of each participant. At the end of the workshop, participants receive a dossier at the entrance of the fair which contains specific information about available works that comply with their criteria.

Francisco Cantos, the only presenter not professionally involved in the art world, spoke above all about the emotional aspects of collecting art, underscoring his remarks with the observation “collecting is addictive and Freud classified it as a disease.” He also talked about his experience as a collector and the owner of a large art collection, and shared several photos of works he owns with the audience. According to Francisco, “the benefit of acquiring a work of art for subjective reasons, that is to say on impulse and not as an investment, is that you can enjoy the work, and if you are wrong [about its future value] there is no drama.”

Julieta Rafecas, pick up the theme of how collecting can become an obsession and how, in fact, it can move from a mere activity to a very way of life. She explored how a large art collection is managed, detailing how something that starts as a hobby can end up being one’s legacy. In certain cases this can mean the creation of a specific museum. In other cases, however, it can go beyond this, and she noted the Guggenheim collection which today serves as the basis of a global museum brand. She also talked about certain oddities such as the Anita and Poju Zabludowicz Center, whose collection of contemporary art is housed in a Methodist church in London. She concluded the session by remarking “the collections of today are the foundations of the museums of tomorrow.”

After the presentation there was a round of questions, which led to an interesting discussion between the panelist and members of the IE Community.


Magdalena Wojcieszak, Assistant Professor in Political Communication and the Academic Director of the Master in Political Communication at IE University has been selected as the member of the 2012 David Swanson Award Committee of the International Communication Association (

The David Swanson Award for Service to Political Communication Scholarship recognizes distinguished contributions to the field. The award, which honors David Swanson, one of the founders of political communication, is presented every other year.

The joint award committee includes representatives of the ICA and of the American Political Science Association. In addition to Magdalena Wojcieszak, this year’s committee includes such notable scholars and practitioners as Ann Crigler, U of Southern California; Kathleen Hall Jamieson, U of Pennsylvania; Carsten Reinemann, Ludwig Maximilians U, Germany and Steve Reese, U. of Texas, Austin (Chair).

The Master in Political Communication, to start at IE University in October 2012,  is specially designed to equip students with a grounded 360 degree vision of the changing landscape of political practice. It covers political campaigning and consulting, public opinion polling and communication in public institutions, with a strong focus on the new media and international nature of these processes. 

Magdalena Wojcieszak

Professor in Public Opinion and Political Communication. Ph.D. in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication/University of Pennsylvania (US), BA in Sociology, Uniwersytet Warszawski (PL).

Her research interests include deliberation, polarization, collective action, social network heterogeneity, and also online discussion groups and their impact on attitudes, participation, and public opinion perception. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Communication ResearchJournal of Communication, Public Opinion Quarterly, International Journal of Public Opinion, New Media & Society, among other journals. She has also received several awards for research and teaching and has been included in the 2010 special edition of Who’s Who’s in America. She serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Communication and “EastBound” and as reviewer for various international journals. To step beyond the academic ivory tower, Magdalena has worked in the media and as a media planner/buyer. Now she attempts to apply her knowledge to attenuating sociopolitical conflicts. Towards this end, she has been involved in a project on assessing public opinion in Darfur.
She is the Academic Director of the Master in Political Communication de IE School of Communication, IE University.

Magdalena Wojcieszak de IE University nuevo miembro del Comité del 2012 David Swanson Award

Magdalena Wojcieszak, Profesora y Directora Académica del Máster en Comunicación Política de IE University ha sido seleccionada como miembro del comité del Premio 2012 David Swanson otorgado por la International Communication Association (

El David Swanson Award, cuyo nombre honra a uno de los fundadores de la Comunicación Política,  se otorga cada dos años a las contribuciones distinguidas en el marco de la Comunicación Política.

El Comité reúne a representantes de International Communication Association y de la American Political Science Association. Junto con Magdalena Wojcieszack, este año el comité cuenta con importantes académicos y profesionales en activo como Ann Crigler, Universidad de California del Sur; Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Universidad de Pennsylvania; Carsten Reinemann, Universidad Ludwig Maximilians de Munich y Steve Reese, Universidad de Texas, Austin.

El Máster en Comunicación Política de IE University que se impartirá en inglés a partir del próximo mes de octubre dota a los estudiantes de una visión de 360 grados del dinámico mundo de la política, profundizando en temas como asesoría en comunicación política, manejo de la opinión pública, comunicación de las instituciones públicas, campañas políticas, poniendo el acento en los nuevos medios y la carácter internacional de estos procesos. Read more…



IE University, Segovia. Wednesday, February 1, 2012. 13 hours. Aires Mateus

Voids and Houses: Settings for Life Architects

Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus graduated from the Faculdade de Arquitectura/ Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (F.A/ U.T.L) in 1986 and 1987, respectively. They worked in the office of architect in Gonçalo Byrne since 1983 and in 1988 they founded their own office, Aires Mateus Architects. Since 1998, they hold professorships in design at the Universidad Autónoma de Lisboa and at the Accademia di Architectura de Mendrizio since 2001.

They have been visiting design critics at many different international universities and institutions such as the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (2002, 2005) and have given lectures and seminars in more than twenty different countries.

The work of Aires Mateus has been published in many several monographs including Aires Mateus (“El Croquis”, nº 154, Madrid, 2011), Aires Mateus (“Darco Magazine”, Matoshinhos, 2009), Abitare el límite. Dodici Case di Aires Mateus & Associados (Salerno, 2009) or Aires Mateus (“2G”, nº 28, Barcelona, 2003).

They have had exhibitions in many different places such as the Venice Biennale (2010) and Gallery 1, RIBA London (2009). Their work has been awarded with the First FAD Prize for Architecture and Ephemeral Interventions (2010), the First FAD Prize for Architecture and Interior Design (2001) and has been short-listed for the Mies van der Rohe Award on a number of occasions (2000, 2009; 2007).

El portugués Manuel Aires Mateus, próximo conferenciante del ciclo Past/Future de IE School of Architecture and Design

El arquitecto Manuel Aires Mateus impartirá el miércoles 1 de febrero, a las 13,00 horas en Segovia la conferencia “Vacíos y Casas: Marcos para la Vida”, dentro del ciclo “Past/Future”, organizado por Laura Martínez de Guereñu, profesora de IE School of Architecture and Design. Junto con su hermano Francisco, fundaron en 1988 el estudio Aires Mateus, cuyo trabajo ha sido reconocido internacionalmente como paradigma de la nueva arquitectura portuguesa, reflejado en los numerosos premios recibidos por ambos arquitectos a nivel internacional en los últimos años.

Manuel y Francisco Aires Mateus son arquitectos por la Faculdade de Arquitectura/ Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (F.A/ U.T.L) desde 1986 y 1987 respectivamente, ambos colaborando como arquitectos en el estudio de Gonçalo Byrne desde 1983. En 1988 fundaron el estudio Aires Mateus. Son profesores de la Universidad Autónoma de Lisboa desde 1998 y de la Accademia di Architectura de Mendrizio desde 2001. 

Han sido profesores invitados en diversas universidades del mundo como la Graduate School of Design de Harvard University (2002, 2005) y han impartido conferencias y seminarios en más de veinte países distintos.

La obra de Aires Mateus ha sido objeto de la publicación de numerosas monografías como Aires Mateus (“El Croquis”, nº 154, Madrid, 2011), Aires Mateus (“Darco Magazine”, Matoshinhos, 2009), Abitare el limite. Dodici Case di Aires Mateus & Associados  (Salerno, 2009), o Aires Mateus (“2G”, nº 28, Barcelona, 2003).

Su obra ha sido expuesta, entre otros lugares, en la Bienal de Venecia (2010) y en la Gallery 1, RIBA Londres (2009) y ha recibido el Primer Premio FAD de Arquitectura e Intervenciones Efímeras (2010), el Primer Premio FAD de Arquitectura e Interiorismo (2001) y ha sido seleccionada y finalista del Premio Mies van der Rohe en numerosas ocasiones (2000, 2009; 2007). 

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En el ciclo Past/Future de IE School of Architecture se plantean algunas cuestiones cruciales para el arquitecto del siglo XXI como, por ejemplo, si las nuevas herramientas digitales tienen la capacidad para recuperar el espíritu verdadero de un proyecto histórico o cuál es el papel que juegan la innovación y la experimentación en el desarrollo de la disciplina arquitectónica. De acuerdo con sus organizadores, en estas conferencias también se analizan los nuevos conceptos que están cambiando el modo en que se entiende la arquitectura y se cuestiona si los nuevos avances en conservación histórica van a ayudar a que los edificios sigan siendo relevantes en el futuro.

La Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de IE University es una escuela que forma a los arquitectos líderes globales de excelencia en diseño, innovación y gestión. Es una institución internacional y diversa, mezcla de culturas donde con el prestigio de lo español como telón fondo se piense con perspectiva. IE School of Architecture & Design imparte programas de grado y de postgrado en materias ligadas a la arquitectura, el diseño y el management.



– Voids. Instalación para la Bienal de Venecia, 2010 / Voids. Installation for the Venice Biennale, 2010.

– Casa en Coruche, 2007 / House in Coruche, 2007.

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