Archive for June/2015


Talent: a pocketful of diamonds

Written on June 25, 2015 by Roberto Arribas in Arts & Humanities, Exhibitions, General, Psychology

Psychology student Katharina Hamann’s end of course assignment explored IE University’s strategy for developing students’ skills and abilities


“There is something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” The saying, attributed to US writer Elbert Hubbard, highlights the importance of discovering the gifts people possess and allowing them to develop to their full potential. Companies today are increasingly spending a lot of energy on developing strategies to stimulate talent. A sizeable “talent pool” in your organization is vital: it’s like having a pocketful of diamonds.

IE University is a talent mine. Our approach is not just to provide students with a good academic education, but also to expand their creative capacity, to arouse their intellectual curiosity, stimulate their emotional intelligence, and to empower them to function fully in a constantly changing environment. Our quest is for students to take advantage of their university years with us to develop their talent to the maximum and then join the labor market with a clear competitive advantage.

German student Katharina Hamann fits this profile perfectly: she speaks several languages, is constantly travelling, loves learning about new cultures and making friends with people from other countries, and above all, facing new challenges every day. Furthermore, she is an excellent student: her end of course assignment won her the maximum grade of 10, along with Honors, while her average grade throughout her Psychology course was 9.6.

Katharina Hamann’s research project was an analysis of talent management in organizations, and specifically the way that IE University creates the conditions that allows students to develop their skills and areas of specialization to the full. Read more…


“Segovia is an inspiring city”

Written on June 25, 2015 by Roberto Arribas in Uncategorized


Ruandan-born Jaspe Azabe is combining her studies in Communication with her passion for fashion and photography 

 When Jaspe Azabe, who has spent most of her life in the Netherlands, arrived in Spain for the first time three years ago, the first challenge she had to overcome was learning to speak the language. “I came to study one of my passions, Communication, at an international university,” she says smiling broadly. Today, the Ruandan-born Dutch national speaks Spanish perfectly and has come to admire Segovia, the city that has been her home and where she has studied at the IE University. “What I love about Segovia is that I immediately felt at home: I have a lot of favorite places, but my first glimpse of the aqueduct, perhaps one of my earliest memories, was spectacular,” she says.  

Ms Azabe is currently applying her communication skills to two disciplines that are very important to her: photography and fashion. “Fashion is an art that I want to know in all its aspects, not just those that set the trends, or design, fabrics or how to dress stylishly, but also to get to know people who work in the fashion world, and above all, to understand what motivates people to work in it,” she says. 

Jueves 16 04 15 PAGINA IE UNIVERSITY ADELANTADOPhotography is Ms Azabe’s link to fashion. “I began to study photographic technique, to learn how to use a camera, but over time I realized I had to know something about the people I was portraying; I learned that each photograph spoke of the subject I was pointing the camera at as much as about myself; this makes each session a wonderful adventure.”  

Her interest in fashion and photography will soon be displayed in an innovative project that Ms Azabe is putting all her energy into, and that she has called Reckless, “which will soon see the light of day and that I want to be a surprise.” Her idea is based on the creation of an interactive space where fashion is on show and can be discussed, but from a personal perspective, and above all, by bringing it to the wider public. For the moment, some of Ms Azabe’s photography can be seen on, using some of her fellow students at IE University as models.  

Segovia is the ideal place to explore her artistic curiosity, says Ms Azabe. She says that each day she explores the city with her camera in search of inspiration that she always finds. “I love the sun when it bathes the city in the morning, and the amazing colors of the early evening.” 

Article published in El Adelantado de Segovia (16/04/2015)


On June 17th Dr. Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations, interviewed Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and current United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, at the Management & Business Summit (MABS) organized by Atresmedia.

From the uncertain future of the UK in the EU and the Union itself to the goal of achieving quality, relevance, and inclusive education for every child, Gordon Brown focused his intervention on the current and future global challenges. “We live in an interdependent world. For example, the fear of ‘Grexit’ and the demands for debt reduction in Greece have implications all over Europe. As Europe we need to think more globally”, Mr. Brown said.

IML_2040During his interview with Dr. de Areilza, Mr. Brown highlighted in his speech that the world is experiencing seismic changes, or revolutions, as he named them. As a case in point, in the run up to the 2000s financial crisis the world economic center was located in the West, but in the last decade we have witnessed a shift to the emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.


Another revolution that will have a huge impact on the future is the rise of a new global middle class, particularly in Asia and Africa. As Mr. Brown pointed out, the global middle class would expand from around 20 percent of world’s population now to approximately 50 percent in 2030. This means that only those companies who adapt quickly to these changes will survive.

IML_2320As the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown also discussed the need to tackle major inequalities among education systems worldwide. “To this end we need a revolution in the way we educate our children and more investment on education”, Mr. Brown argued. “We can at least become the first generation in History where every child has the right to go to school”.

For all these challenges, though, “the world ahead is a world of opportunities in which the most innovative people, companies, and countries will have a clear advantage and will be more likely to succeed”, Mr. Brown concluded.



The experience of being a student at IE University

Written on June 17, 2015 by Roberto Arribas in General

IExPEERience Abril 2013 - FellowsFrom June 17 – 19 IE University ran the latest edition of IExPEERience. The event invites future undergraduates from around the globe to visit the IE campuses in Madrid and Segovia to find out more about university’s teaching model.

So far this year a total of 50 students of 25 nationalities have been granted admission to IE University to study their undergraduate degree starting this fall. IExPEERience gives students the opportunity to participate in a number of activities that aim to familiarize them with an international university environment. 

IE University celebrará desde hoy y hasta el próximo viernes una nueva edición de IExPEERience, una actividad con la que la universidad privada invita a conocer su filosofía educativa y las instalaciones de sus campus de Segovia y Madrid a alumnos preuniversitarios de diferentes partes del mundo.

En esta ocasión, son un total de 50 estudiantes de 25 nacionalidades que ya han sido admitidos por la universidad para iniciar sus estudios superiores en el próximo curso 2015/2016. Durante tres días, estos jóvenes compartirán actividades con otros cincuenta alumnos de los campus de Segovia y Madrid con el objetivo de experimentar el ambiente de una universidad internacional.

Los estudiantes que participan en IExPEERience proceden de Costa Rica, México, Estados Unidos, Suiza, Bélgica, Austria, República Dominicana, Italia, Reino Unido, Alemania, Finlandia, Ecuador, Marruecos, Brazil, Jordania, Noruega,  Sudáfrica, Polonia, Serbia, China, Montenegro, Francia, Rusia, Rumanía y Holanda.

Agenda june 2015


tiermes helena 1La Unidad de Arqueología de IE University organiza la tercera edición del curso internacional “Arqueología y Arquitectura de las ciudades romanas del valle del Duero”, dedicado este año a las murallas y recintos fortificados romanos en el valle del Duero, que se desarrollará del 5 al 16 de julio en  los yacimientos de Ávila, Segovia, Tiermes (Soria), Clunia (Burgos) y Coca, enclaves donde los investigadores de IE están llevando a cabo un proyecto de investigación multidisciplinar. Este taller internacional, que comprende sesiones teóricas y un conjunto de actividades prácticas, está dirigido por el doctor Cesáreo Pérez González, director de la Unidad de Arqueología de IE University.

Participarán en el curso estudiantes de los campus de Madrid y Segovia de IE University así como jóvenes investigadores de diversos campos como la arquitectura, la arqueología., la historia o la economía procedentes de diferentes países.

A través de ponentes de prestigio, se acercarán al estudio de los materiales arqueológicos, fuentes clásicas, restos arquitectónicos y otras disciplinas que permitan la mejor comprensión de las ciudades romanas del valle del Duero y los avances científicos desarrollados en los últimos años. Además, los alumnos llevarán a cabo prácticas de campo y de laboratorio, orientadas a la caracterización, interpretación y análisis de materiales constructivos romanos, metálicos, cerámicos, óseos, etc.  

Para más información:

Unidad de Arqueología

La Unidad de Arqueología de IE University cuenta con una amplia y larga experiencia en la impartición de docencia especializada en sus áreas de conocimiento, como son la prehistoria, la arqueología clásica y medieval, la arqueología americana, la arqueología industrial y la arqueología de la arquitectura. La Unidad de Arqueología elabora y ejecuta excavaciones, proyectos, estudios y catalogaciones del patrimonio artístico-histórico e industrial. La complejidad de los trabajos hace que cada vez se implique más en ellos a diversas ramas del conocimiento, como la biología, la química, la geología, la historia, el arte o la arquitectura. En sus proyectos, la Unidad cuenta con la colaboración de otros grupos de investigación de IE University, y de profesores y alumnos de distintas universidades, tanto españolas como extranjeras.

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