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cosentino2Ignacio Calvo Burgos, HR organization and development director at Cosentino, presented yesterday at IE University the Cosentino Impulsa Program to senior Architecture students. This program looks for talented students on universities all over the world with a remunerated program where these students will take part in a training program, developing key skills and abilities on different areas of Cosentino. 

Cosentino is a global leader brand on quartz surfaces and is present in all five continents. This activity was organized by the Careers Department, lead by João Lopes and Beatriz González.

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cosentino1IE University acoge la presentación del programa Cosentino Impulsa

Ignacio Calvo Burgos, responsable de organización y desarrollo de recursos humanos de Consentino, presentó ayer en IE University el programa Cosentino Impulsa a los estudiantes de últimos cursos del grado en Arquitectura. Este programa busca estudiantes con talento entre las universidades de todo el mundo a través de un programa remunerado para jóvenes que, durante un periodo de doce meses, formarán parte de un plan de formación y desarrollo de habilidades y conocimientos en diferentes áreas de Cosentino.

Consentino es marca líder a nivel mundial en superficies de cuarzo y está presente en los cinco continentes.  El acto fue organizado por el departamento de Carreras dirigido por Joao Lopes y Beatriz González.

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Law without Walls 2014

Written on April 29, 2014 by Roberto Arribas in Business, Law

BlIoKl7IUAA6I1zLawWithoutWalls 2014 Conposium was held on the 12 and 13 of April at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, where a number of legal technology projects were presented by students from the best universities all over the World. IE was represented in Miami by Ana Martínez Valls and Wojciech Zaluska, both students fron the Dual LLB+BBA Degree, who presented their final projects in front of several leaders of the legal community.

LawWithoutWalls is a part-virtual collaboratory course that develops the skills necessary to provide effective legal services in today’s global, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural marketplace. It centers on the intersection of law, business, technology and innovation. This award-winning course is pioneered by University of Miami School of Law and taught in conjunction with leading law schools across the globe including UCL Laws, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Fordham Law School, New York Law School, Peking University (STL), University of St Gallen and University of Sydney.

The course explores innovations in global legal education and practice through weekly virtual classes and collaborative research. Students attended and participated in virtual classroom sessions and were grouped with students from other participating law schools to conduct a piece of research on an assigned topic. The topics were interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, looking to the future in their anticipation of changes to legal practice and education within a virtual landscape.

Students engaged during the course with leading practitioners and mentors from across the globe through weekly virtual mentoring sessions. Central to the course is the idea that students should engage with one another in person as well as virtually.  To that end, a Kick Off event was held at University of St Gallen in Switzerland last January for students and mentors to meet and prepare for the course.

This year, IE University also offered a second LawWithoutWalls program, “LWOW X”, in which our Dual Degree student Eric Cuevas took part. LWOW X is an all-virtual pilot program that offers the same components and benefits as LWOW, but makes use of technology to configure the program on an entirely on-line basis. In doing so, LWOW X seeks to make the benefits of LWOW available to a greater number of students. The universities that participated in the pilot were UCL, University of Montreal, Miami Law and IE University.


Attention all entrepreneurs: IE Venture Day, London!

Written on April 28, 2014 by Roberto Arribas in Business, Highlights

IE will be hosting a Venture Day in London on June 5th where budding entrepreneurs can pitch a start-up idea to investors, mentors and successful entrepreneurs.  One of the prizes includes a place on the UKTI Sirius program aimed at students who are finishing their studies (BA) this year or graduated within the last two years. 


alumno2Do you have a great start-up idea and want exposure, office space, mentoring or even some financial backing to turn your idea into a reality?

Submit your ideas before 6th May to pitch at the IE Venture Day in association with the UKTI which will take place in London on June 5th.

You could win life-changing opportunities at top accelerators and network with the “who’s who” of investors, mentors and successful entrepreneurs.

Only final year students can submit ideas to pitch at the event as winners need to be ready to go straight into the program, but all students are welcome to attend and support.

Our very own IE University alums from Tyba will be there, hope some of you will be too!

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During the week of April 7-12, four undergraduate students and their advisor will be representing IE University at the annual Global Business Case Competition. The competition will take place at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. The GBCC has been taking place since 1999, and is recognised as one of the most challenging and respected case competitions worldwide. Ten other universities from five different continents will also be sending their representative teams, including Concordia University, the University of Melbourne and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The competition, sponsored by large multinationals such as The Boeing Company and Starbucks Coffee International, will give students the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, and participate in a real-life case study and prepare a business recommendation. During the 48-hour case cracking period, the teams will not be allowed to contact with their advisor or with other teams, testing their ability to work under pressure and deliver a sustainable solution.

The team comprises of two 3rd year BBA students, Louis De Clercq and Ola Kvalheim, and two 4th year BBA students, Joséphine Kant and Serena Mujtaba. They will be supported by their case advisor, Sondos Abdelgawad, who is an Entrepreneurship professor at the University. The team has been preparing hard by reviewing past year’s cases and developing case analysis frameworks, but they will not find out the subject of this year’s case until the live kick-off on April 10th. This year’s competition will prove to be as challenging as the previous ones.

On April 12th the teams will present their case solution to a panel of five corporate judges, who will evaluate their recommendations. Four finalists will be chosen to move on to the final round presentation, competing for the prestigious GBCC Trophy. Previous champions include Concordia University and the University of Hong Kong. We wish the best of luck to the IE University team!


BBA students show their interpersonal skills

Written on April 10, 2014 by Roberto Arribas in Business

The team of “Building commitment” has won the first place in the second edition of the Interpersonal Skills Competition

20140410_172051IE University’s BBA students, taking the course “Interpersonal Skills”, taught by Psychology professor Neringa Kalpokaite, have taken part today of the Interpersonal Skills Competition 2014, a competition where their ability to persuade others, their leadership and communication skills, among other aspects, are evaluated. The challenge was for them to create an enterprise and make the audience invest in them. Each of the teams has had 20 minutes to present their project and answer the questions the jury of IE University faculty had for them.

Fundamental criteria for the jury to choose the winner are based on the characteristics belonging to interpersonal skills: delivery, organization in the presentation of ideas, verbal communication (Quality, Pitch, Articulation, Pronunciation and Force) and non verbal (Stage Presence and Power of Expression); among other more general criteria as team work and visual aids.


At last, the “Building commitment” team, made up by Sharon Tirado, Luna Allani, Antonio Balseiro, Paulo Guerson, Petra Sass and Pedro Machado, won. Second place went to “Creativity”, team formed by Mahmoud Hamed, Sebastian Kruger, Benjamin Ranft, Chadine Alj, Melina Bernardini and Sara Krumpak.

Jury was comprised by the BBA Program Director, Isabel Sánchez; Vice-Rector for Students, Miguel Larrañaga; and International Relations professor, Michele Testoni.

The winning team received a certificated signed by the BBA director, Isabel Sánchez, that manifested her satisfaction on the good work of all students and the high quality of the presentations.