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The students, from five different countries, are competing for the prestigious Hult Prize, based this year on a challenge set by Bill Clinton. The winning team will receive a million dollars with which to fund a sustainable startup.

hultwebIE University students will be taking part for the second year running in the prestigious Hult Prize, the world’s biggest competition in which students with social entrepreneurial projects compete for a prize of a million dollars.   

In last year’s edition of the competition, the IE University team, comprised of business administration students Stefan Wolf Staertzel (Germany), Victor Berthon (France), Pablo Otero (Spain) and Carlos Beltrán (Venezuela/Spain), was among the top 4 teams in the regional final held in Dubai. This year, the IE team has gained two more students,  Mauri Lahti from Finland and Elvira Luna from Spain, and are confident they will also classify in Shanghai, having successfully competed against experts with doctorates, MBAs and Masters to get this far.

The Hult Prize, which has received entries from over 20,000 students from 500 universities around the world, was launched by Hult and the Clinton Global Initiative to foster the development of social entrepreneurship projects in the field of healthcare. The prize affords young entrepreneurs worldwide the opportunity to innovate and change the way society views social initiatives. The teams of students will compete in five cities, working towards the same objective, that of winning a million dollars with which to fund a sustainable startup. The regional finals will take place on March 13 and 14 in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai, the latter being the venue for the IE University team.

The 2015 Hult Prize will be focused on creating startups based on sustainability and finding ways to enable access to child education for ten million children under six years of age who live in the suburbs. In the words of the author of the challenge, former US President Bill Clinton: “The Hult Prize is about more than the solution to the problem, it’s about how the world has to work in the 21st century.”

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Alumnos de IE University participan en Shanghái en la mayor competición de jóvenes emprendedores con proyectos sociales

Los alumnos, de cinco nacionalidades diferentes, optan al prestigioso Premio Hult, impulsado por el presidente Clinton y dotado con un millón de dólares para la financiación de una start up de carácter sostenible

Alumnos de IE University participan por segundo año consecutivo en el prestigioso Premio Hult, la mayor competición para estudiantes con proyectos emprendedores con un fin benéfico, y dotado con un premio de un millón de dólares.

El equipo formado por los alumnos de Administración de Empresas de IE University Stefan Wolf Staertzel (Alemania), Victor Berthon (Francia), Pablo Otero (España) y Carlos Beltrán (Venezuela/España) se clasificó el año pasado dentro del TOP 4 de la final regional de Dubai. Este año, el equipo de estudiantes de IE – al que se han sumado dos alumnos más, Mauri Lahti, de Finlandia y Elvira Luna, de España-  confían en superar en Shanghái esta clasificación que fue todo un éxito dado que competían con expertos con doctorados, MBAs o Másters. Read more…


The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China in Beijing and the British Council School in Madrid have been partner schools since 2007 and four groups of students from Beijing have stayed with school families here on annual visits. In 2008 a group of British Council School students stayed with Chinese families in Beijing. The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China as widely recognised as one of Asia’s leading schools. 

In January 2011 eleven students from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Du Fang, visited Spain. The IE University Admissions office invited the group to spend a day in Segovia and to visit the campus. 

The group were given an introductory talk and a tour of the academic facilities on campus and were introduced to two Chinese undergraduate students from Shanghai. IE University has links with the Renmin University of China, which has one of Asia’s leading economics faculties. 

An expert guide explained the many fascinating historical features of the building, the main part of which dates from the 15th century. After a tour of the skilfully refurbished lecture rooms and the state of the art radio and tv studios the visitors had a sneak look at the students’ residence and had time for lunch before heading back to Madrid. 

Timothy Jones, a senior manager at the British Council School who coordinated the Chinese visitors’ tour, commented: “This has been a great experience for our guests. The IE university is special not only because of its historic setting, but also because of its flexible, multidisciplinary programme rooted in a spirit of internationalism and entrepreneurship. A memorable day for our young guests from Beijing.”


El estudio de Arquitectura EspacioPapel Arquitectos SLP, que dirige el profesor de Arquitectura de IE University, Juan Manuel Alcalde, junto con Elena Wilhelmi y Rafael Palomares, ha sido seleccionado para representar a Madrid en la Expo de Shanghai con el objeto de mostrar la nueva arquitectura que se está realizando en materia de vivienda de promoción pública en la capital de España. 

El pabellón de Madrid Expo de Shanghai exhibe los trabajos realizados por  EspacioPapel Arquitectos SLP que resultaron ganadores del concurso de 203 viviendas en la colonia de Los Olivos en el distrito de Latina, un proyecto elegido por el Ayuntamiento de Madrid por su “excelencia arquitectónica, su eficiencia energética, la adecuación al entorno y la flexibilidad espacial”. 

La exposición donde se muestra el trabajo de EspacioPapel Arquitectos SLP  lleva por título Más que casas, y se trata de una de las más exitosas del pabellón, ya que supera las 28.000 visitas al mes.


Martha Thorne. (Associate Dean for External Relations. IE School of Architecture) 

     Why have you gone to Shanghai? What was the reason for your visit? 

I recently  traveled  to Shanghai to participate in two events related to urbanism, planning, and the future of cities.  One was organized by Madrid City Hall  in conjunction with its pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the other by the Chinese edition of the renowned magazine Architectural Record. Both panel discussions had overlapping themes and brought together both Chinese and international experts. 

     You have discussed the main trends in urban strategies, which are these trends and how do you describe them? 

The round table discussion related to trends and urban strategies began by speaking about the rapid pace and scale of urbanization in developing countries, such as China.  In a country that is so quickly transforming itself from a rural to urban society the normal tools and techniques for urban planning are called into question.  The interdisciplinary nature of problems is much more obvious than in the past.  Planning must be comprehensive and include transportation, infrastructure, housing for all sectors of society, land use planning, urban and social services,  sustainability, etc.  The success or failure of cities will depend on the quality of life and choice that they are able to provide for their diverse residents. Planners must also remember that, in times of rapid change, strategies are often more important than drawing lines on a plan, and flexibility in the face of uncertainty is necessary. 

     Would you recommend to a student of Architecture to specialized in Urban Planning? Why? What kind of professional opportunities does Urban Planning offer? 

I strongly encourage architecture students to look towards urban planning options.  Architecture provides an understanding of spatial and design concerns while encouraging critical thinking and strategic planning.  Forming part of a team to undertake large scale problems is often gratifying. Without a doubt,  places such as China and India  are laboratories for innovation and change.  Older European cities,  while not growing rapidly face profound needs for renewal and renovation,  and therefore pose other interesting problems for future city planners.

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