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IEU Parents Weekend

Written on June 10, 2016 by Roberto Arribas in Announcements, General, Major Events


On May 20th and 21st, IE hosted the Parents Weekend, which took place in the Madrid and Segovia Campus. During this weekend, the parents attended real classes and conferences given by professors, feeling like students while experiencing our methodologies. Moreover, they had the opportunity to enjoy social activities, like a concert given by the IEU Music Club, tours of both campuses, and a tour around the medieval city of Segovia, as well as a wine tasting sponsored by González Byass.

Parents of 15 different nationalities came of the event, and during the dinner offered in Madrid, students from different Bachelor programs spoke about their experience at the university.

The Parents Weekend joined together the families of our students, since they are an integral part of our university community.


(Spanish Version)

Los días 20 y 21 de mayo, tuvo lugar el Parents Weekend, que se desarrolló en el Campus de Madrid y en el Campus de Segovia.  Durante este fin de semana los padres  asistieron a clases reales y conferencias impartidas por profesores, sintiéndose como estudiantes por unas horas y experimentando con nuestras metodologías. Además tuvieron oportunidad de disfrutar de actividades sociales como  un concierto ofrecido por el IEU Music Club, campus tour en ambos campus, así como un tour por la ciudad medieval de Segovia, y una cata de vino patrocinada por González Byass.

Al Parents weekend acudieron padres de 15 nacionalidades distintas, y durante la cena ofrecida en Madrid, alumnos de distintos grados contaron su experiencia en la Universidad.

El Parents Weekend reunió a las familias de nuestros estudiantes ya que forman parte integral de nuestra comunidad universitaria.


Experts and thought leaders from the US, Asia, Latin America and Europe are set to meet on October 19-20 in a new edition of the “Reinventing Higher Education” conference, held by IE University in collaboration with the British Council

rhe15On October 19-20 IE University will bring together at its Madrid campus representatives of university institutions and thought leaders from the EU,   Asia, Latin America and Europe to discuss the current state and future evolution of higher education worldwide.

In this sixth edition of “Reinventing Higher Education,” held in collaboration with the British Council, the focus is on the role of higher education in shaping global citizens. A range of panels and round tables will permit university administrators, political leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, and  media experts to tackle issues that include how to take a global approach to managing universities, the impact of diversity on work and learning environments, the role humanities play in shaping global citizens, or how leading media organizations handle information related to higher education.

British writer, professor and philosopher Anthony Clifford Grayling, considered to be one of the world’s most influential thinkers, will be giving an address in which he will address the importance of humanities in the future of higher education, at a time when the presence of disciplines like philosophy, music, and art, appears to be dwindling in study schedules.

International experts that will be taking part in the conference include Fréderic Mion (President of Sciences Po, France), Jacqui Chan (World Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Airbus), Nigel Thrift (President of Warwick University, UK), Jacqueline Jenkins (Senior Advisor at the British Council),  Ahmad Hasnah (President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar), Karen Sibley (Vice President of Brown University, US), Santiago Íñiguez (President of IE University), Cristián Larroulet, founder of the Development University and former Minister General Secretariat of the Presidency of Chile, John T.S. Keeler (Universidad de Pittsburgh, US), and Andrew Mackay, Director of the British Council in Spain.

The first five editions brought together over two hundred experts in management, policies and research in the field of higher education. The result was stimulating debates and round tables. The event also serves as a platform for networking among participants, all of whom are from the academic sector and leaders of change in university education in different parts of the world.

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(Spanish Versión)

IE University celebra un debate internacional sobre el rol “global” de la universidad

IE University reunirá los próximos días 19 y 20 de octubre en su campus de Madrid a un grupo de representantes de instituciones universitarias y líderes de opinión de EEUU, Asia, Latinoamérica y Europa para discutir el estado actual y la evolución futura de la educación superior a nivel mundial.

En su sexta edición, la conferencia “Reinventing Higher Education”, organizada en colaboración con British Council, se centrará en el papel de la Educación Superior en la formación Ciudadanos Globales. A través de distintos paneles y mesas de debate, gestores de universidades, responsables políticos, empresarios, académicos, y expertos de medios de comunicación abordarán temas como la gestión de las universidades de forma global, el impacto de la diversidad en los entornos de trabajo y en el aprendizaje, el rol de las humanidades en la formación de ciudadanos globales, o al tratamiento informativo de la educación superior por parte de los principales medios de comunicación. Read more…


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.



La Traviata, live from Madrid’s Royal Theater. On May 8 at 8pm the Aula Magna of IE University’s Segovia campus will host a live broadcast of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi  (1813-1901), being performed at Madrid’s Royal Theater. IE University is offering a total of 550 invitations free of charge that can be collected from Segovia’s Visitor Reception Center next to the Aqueduct. See more

La organización pone a disposición del público un total de quinientas cincuenta invitaciones gratuitas en el Centro de Recepción de Visitantes para todas aquellas personas que quieran asistir a este acontecimiento único en Segovia

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El Aula Magna del campus de IE University en Segovia acogerá el viernes 8 de mayo, a las 20,00 horas, la retransmisión en directo de la ópera La Traviata de Giuseppe Verdi  (1813-1901), coproducción del Teatro Real con el Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, la Scottish Opera de Glasgow y la Welsh National Opera de Cardiff, teatros donde este montaje ya se ha presentado. La emisión de la ópera de Verdi es fruto de las excelentes relaciones institucionales entre la universidad privada y El Teatro Real.

IE University ha puesto a disposición de todas aquellas personas que quieran asistir a este acontecimiento único en Segovia un total de quinientas cincuenta invitaciones gratuitas que se podrán recoger en el Centro de Recepción de Visitantes, ubicado junto al Acueducto.

“La Traviata” es la estrella de las actividades de la Semana de la Ópera del Teatro Real y podrá ser seguida en directo en la pantalla instalada en la Plaza de Oriente y en los auditorios de algunas de las instituciones culturales y artísticas más señeras de España: Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Matadero (Casa del Lector),  Fundación Canal, Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Instituto Italiano de Cultura de Madrid y Aula Magna de IE University.

Traviata IV 0706La función del 8 de mayo llegará a muchos auditorios y espacios, siempre con acceso gratuito, con la complicidad de teatros, ayuntamientos y universidades que se suman a esta retransmisión mundial. Además de Segovia, la ópera podrá disfrutarse en Sevilla, Granada, Pamplona y Vitoria, entre otros municipios.

La popular ópera verdiana vuelve al Real, en esta ocasión con puesta en escena del reconocido director escocés David MacVicar, escenografía y figurines de Tanya McCallin y dirección musical de Renato Palumbo, que estará al frente del Coro y Orquesta Titulares del Teatro Real y de los tres repartos que se alternarán en la interpretación de la ópera.

El papel titular de La Traviata será asumido por las sopranos Ermonela Jaho, Irina Lungu y Venera Gimadieva. Completan el trío protagonista los tenores Francesco Demuro, Antonio Gandía y Teodor Ilincăi, y los barítonos Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Ángel Ódena y el veterano Leo Nucci.

La representación también podrá ser seguida en todo el mundo gratuitamente a través de Pal​co Digital coincidiendo con los Días Europeos de la Ópera y la Conferencia Internacional de Ópera Europa que traerá al Teatro Real a representantes de cerca de 150 teatros y festivales líricos procedentes de más de 40 países.

La Traviata

En su novela La dama de las camelias -inspirada en la vida lujuriosa de Marie Duplessis (1824-1847), famosa cortesana amante de artistas y bohemios en el París decimonónico-, Alejandro Dumas Hijo (1824-1895) comienza la obra con la muerte de la protagonista, cuyo fallecimiento por tuberculosis, a los 23 años, le había impresionado profundamente. Él, como Franz Liszt, se había dejado seducir por los encantos de la joven.

Siguiendo la misma estructura de la novela, Giuseppe Verdi inicia su ópera con el tema de la agonía de Violetta, que vuelve a aflorar con toda su intensidad, emoción y congoja al término de la partitura, en su larga y conmovedora despedida.

Aunque el libreto del fiel colaborador de Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave, comience con el apogeo de la vida licenciosa de la protagonista, el director de escena David McVicar ha optado por seguir la senda de Dumas y del compositor y dejar reflejada desde el inicio de la ópera la fatalidad del destino de Violetta.  Todo el drama transcurre sobre la piedra gris de su tumba, en la escenografía concebida por Tanya McCallin (autora también de los figurines), que ha creado espacios sobrios y reducidos, más acordes con la vida real de la cortesana que con la adaptación literaria de su vida.

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The Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism shared his career trajectory with IE University students in a workshop on the key factors for success in politics

Ministro Soria 1Spain’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism underscored the importance of continuous learning that extends beyond university studies and throughout a person’s career. He spoke to a large group of international students at IE University’s Madrid campus in an address given in English on “How to make it to the top in politics” at the invitation of the University’s Talks Club.

“Success is not only learnt in a classroom but also through experience. That’s why IE University’s Talks Club wants to invite a range of top professionals who can share the key factors of their success, providing insights and serving as a role model for our students,” said Salvador Mompeán, a student of IE University’s Dual Degree in Business Administration and International Relations, and president of the Club.

Soria listed the key factors of political activity, talking about his career and explaining some of his responsibilities as head of one of the Spanish government’s most important ministries, dedicated to overseeing issues related to energy, industrial development, tourism, telecommunications, and the information society.

The Minister assured his audience that there is no specific age at which a person should enter politics. “I began at thirty-seven years of age, and having a good trajectory in the private sector was an excellent ally when it came to being independent in the field of politics.” Soria went on to stress that it is important to be able to see the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, adding that in politics one person is nobody because everyone forms part of a team, and it is essential to know how to delegate and work together to attain success. The Minister also remarked that a minister does not only have the responsibility to do things well, but also to know how to communicate those things.

Ministro Soria 2“If someone is thinking about having a career in politics, they have to be very sure that it is their vocation and be willing to work twenty-four hours a day throughout the year,” Soria told the students. He also underlined the importance of failure in a career, because “we learn our biggest lessons through failure.” He recognized that an electoral defeat was the thing he learnt most from as a politician.

José Manuel Soria (born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1958) is one of Spain’s most high-profile politicians in the current political landscape.  He holds a degree in economics and business administration, is an expert in trade and a state economist. Soria has an extensive political career. Previous positions he has held include mayor of Las Palmas, president of the City Hall of Gran Canaria, vice president and counselor of the Canary Islands government, regional deputy and national deputy, advisor to the cabinet of Spain’s Ministry of Finance, and cabinet leader of the Department of Trade.

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