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TESTIMONY // Alexandra Borok, 22, a student of Bachelor (Business Administration) at IE University in Madrid.

398_1439488317_alexandra-boroktelaviv_660x438pI got the info from a teacher of IE University in Madrid, which I joined in 2013 after two years of prep school in France. IE co-organized the South Summit, a conference reuniting the 100 best startups in Southern Europe. She urges me to volunteer there and help with its organization. During this congress, I am responsible for the reception and orientation of participants and speakers. This event appears to be an excellent opportunity to “network” and chance puts a summer internship offer on my way.

The co-founders of Pzartech, a start-up in Tel Aviv, came to pitch their project. Jeremie Brabet-Adonajlo and Joachim Hagege present their innovative vision of 3D printing. For them, its democratization is made possible through spare parts and brands’ industrial property protection.

Out of my comfort zone

I slip them a few words in French. The conversation spontaneously drifts about my background and my wish to do an internship in Israel. I already know the country as a tourist and I was seduced by its cultural diversity, economic dynamism and youth. This is a great opportunity to explore the Startup Nation before considering a future there. Indeed, I look where eventually develop myself professionally. For a first experience, I was convinced that it had to focus on a small growing structure rather than a multinational and its inevitable ‘combo’ coffee-photocopies. Technology is not necessarily the sector I am most familiar with, but spending three months in Israel, one of the world mecca of startups, is an amazing opportunity. Too bad for my particular areas of interest (Luxury industry or Entertainment), I will explore them later. Meanwhile, my priority is to get out of my comfort zone!

Wearing T-shirt-shorts-Flipflops is required

After a few emails, a Skype call and an impromptu lunch in Tel Aviv, I landed a three months internship in business development. In June, I joined the Rothschild Boulevard microcosm, in the center of the Silicon Wadi. Here, everyone moves in electric bike and wearing T-shirt-shorts-Flipflops is required. Lilienblum street is home to the oldest office building in Tel Aviv. This is where Pzartech has its office. Location’s seniority contrasts with the youth of its occupants, mostly under 35 years old.

From the very beginning, I was imbued with the rhythm, the expectations, and the flexibility of high-tech environment where routine never happens. The fact that I speak Hebrew was a plus but not a prerequisite – as English dominates in the workplace.

As in, team spirit and interest of the mission took over the Beach Calling. Guided by Jeremie and often in tandem with Alain another intern, we canvassed international partners, submitted grant applications and worked on the development of pilots. At Pzartech, we are all encouraged to share ideas in a permanent emulation. If Tel Aviv is an exciting city, it will take me more than a summer to decide to settle there. I have been able to sample the delights of the startup work environment and I hope for my next internship that the skills acquired will be valued and put to use in a larger company.

Meanwhile, my next step is Rio de Janeiro for a university exchange for seven months in January.

English translation of the news published in French media Les Echos Start on September 3rd, “Comment j’ai décroché mon 1er stage dans la Silicon Wadi !” con link a

  • The latest intake at IE University is made up of 750 students, most of whom speak three to four languages 
  • Students hail  from 60 countries and have undertaken their school studies in a total of more than 50 education systems 
  • IE University renews its organizational structure in readiness for new development phase 
  • Lee Newman to head new School of Human Sciences and Technology 
  • Martha Thorne takes over as Dean of IE University’s School of Architecture and Design


Some 750 new students from sixty countries  worldwide have begun their higher education studies at IE University. Eighty percent of the highly qualified intake are international students who have studied in a total of 50 educational systems worldwide, notably, the United States, China, Japan, India, Scandinavia, and the leading economies of the EU.

“We are very proud of the fact that IE University’s student body now comprises more than 95 nationalities, drawn by our excellent results and international recognition,” said Santiago Íñiguez, President of IE University. “IE has consolidated itself as one of the most diverse universities in the world, with a model based on values like innovation, excellence, internationality, and an entrepreneurial spirit.”

Lee Newman 01Among the most significant developments of this new academic year, which commenced on September 2 at the Madrid and Segovia campuses, is the creation of the IE School of Human Science and Technology, which will offer programs in fields which include communication studies, behavioral sciences, big data, and positive psychology. It will be led by its new dean, Lee Newman, a graduate of Brown University, with an MBA and Ph.D from MIT and the University of Michigan respectively. Lee Newman is an internationally renowned expert in leadership and behavioral sciences who, in addition to setting up his own companies, has served as a member of the boards of many leading international companies, including McKinsey & Company.


Martha_ThorneMartha Thorne, the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, assumes the position of Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design. Until now she has served as Associate Dean for External Relations at IE. Martha Thorne is an expert in urban planning and has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied at New York State University and the London School of Economics.

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The new academic year also sees Antonio de Castro take over as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at IE University. An expert in EU law, for the last five years he has held several senior posts at IE University, and previously served as chief administrator of the Council of the European Union. He studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid, as well as at Spain’s Escuela Diplomática and the College of Europe.

About IE University

IE University was founded as an extension of IE’s academic model to university education to offer innovative solutions for undergraduate and graduate studies. It has a student body comprised of over 95 nationalities and a faculty comprised of some 400 Spanish and international experts. IE University offers both Spanish and English-taught degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Architecture, Biology, Communication, Law, Psychology, and International Relations. 

(Spanish Version)

IE University alcanza 95 nacionales entre su alumnado 

Setecientos cincuenta nuevos alumnos de sesenta nacionalidades comenzarán este curso sus estudios superiores en IE University. Esta clase, que alcanza el 80% de alumnos internacionales en el campus de Segovia, se caracteriza por la excelencia de los alumnos, procedentes de más de 50 sistemas educativos repartidos por todo el mundo, como el bachillerato internacional, el sistema americano, el chino, el japonés, el indio, los  escandinavos o los principales de la Unión Europea.

“Estamos muy orgullosos de haber podido atraer a un alumnado  de más de 95 nacionalidades gracias a los buenos resultados y al reconocimiento internacional”, subrayó Santiago Íñiguez, Presidente de IE University.  “IEU se ha consolidado como una de las universidades del mundo con más diversidad entre sus estudiantes a partir de un modelo basado en valores como la innovación, la excelencia, la internacionalidad y el espíritu emprendedor”, añadió.  Read more…


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…

On the occasion of the International Year of Light declared by UNESCO, Segovia’s City Council and IE University’s d-lab are running an international competition entitled From Limit To Live It to design a temporary artistic display on the northern section of the medieval walls surrounding the historic district of Segovia. The judges’ panel will select the winners of three prizes (First, second and third) and a maximum of 10 honorary mentions. The winning entries, the entries that receive honorary mentions, and a selection of work by other participants will be on display at Segovia’s Royal Mint building after the competition has come to an end, and the idea that won first prize will be developed and displayed during the FAV (Annual Visual Festival) set to take place this summer.

Artistas de veintiséis países de los cinco continentes han presentado propuestas al concurso internacional “From Limit To Live It”, el certamen que pretende poner en valor la muralla medieval de Segovia, organizado por el Ayuntamiento de Segovia, en colaboración con IE University, a través de su d-lab, y la Empresa Municipal de Turismo y en el Año Internacional de la Luz, declarado por UNESCO.

El objetivo del concurso ha sido recoger la mirada de artistas de todo el mundo con el fin de realzar, a través de una intervención artística temporal, el lienzo norte de la muralla medieval que circunscribe el casco antiguo de Segovia. Las propuestas artísticas recibidas al concurso proceden de África, América, Asia, Europa y Oceanía, de países como España, Canadá, Alemania, Serbia, Rusia, Corea del Sur, Suiza, Indonesia, Filipinas, Brasil, Australia, Noruega o Egipto.

El concurso pretende mostrar al gran público el extraordinario valor patrimonial de una de las zonas de la muralla más desconocida de la ciudad castellana, en concreto, el tramo de un kilómetro y medio que discurre desde la Casa Fuerte de los Cáceres (actual residencia de los marqueses de Lozoya) hasta el Alcázar.

Un jurado compuesto por Martha Thorne, Decana Asociada de Relaciones Externas IE School of Architecture & Design y Directora Ejecutiva del Pritzker Prize en Arquitectura, Stéfano Fake, artista visual, Franc Aleu, artista multidisciplinar, Daniel Canogar, artista audiovisual, David Díez, arquitecto y fotógrafo, y los concejales Claudia de Santos y Alfonso Reguera será el encargado de seleccionar de entre los proyectos presentados las tres propuestas ganadoras (primero, segundo y tercero) y un máximo de diez menciones honoríficas.

El concurso “From Limit To Live It” busca, en definitiva, la mejor intervención artística temporal sobre la muralla como una estrategia para devolverla al imaginario colectivo y su renacer como parte viva de la ciudad.  El concurso ha dejado total libertad a los artistas sobre el tipo de intervención  y la técnica empleada: videoarte, proyecciones, iluminación puntual, objetos lumínicos o  utilización de sonido. Las bases establecen como único requerimiento del concurso la utilización de la luz de forma inteligente y creativa como medio de revitalización y recuperación de la memoria espacial de la muralla.

Una vez recogidas todas las propuestas, el jurado evaluará durante estos días su originalidad y creatividad, su capacidad para realzar, redescubrir y promover el patrimonio histórico que constituye la muralla de Segovia y la utilización inteligente de las tecnologías y su capacidad para comunicar un mensaje por medio de la luz, entre otros aspectos.

El fallo del jurado se dará a conocer el próximo martes 26 de abril tras la conferencia titulada “Videomapping: diálogo entre la luz y la materia”, que correrá a cargo del artista visual y miembro del jurado Stefano Fake. La ponencia se desarrollará a partir de las 18,30 horas, en el campus de Santa Cruz la Real de Segovia, auspiciada por IE University.

Todas las propuestas serán publicadas en la página oficial del concurso: y en el sitio web del Ayuntamiento de Segovia.

Más información en la página web del concurso

Más información en la página web del concurso


The Student Hub at IE University’s Madrid campus (María de Molina 31, bis) will be hosting an exhibition comprising thirty photos from the “Photos On The Move” blog, run by IE’s Department of Communication. It is a sample of the work exhibited in September at the Segovia campus


photos on the move 1La muestra recoge un  mosaico de lugares y momentos que retratan la esencia de la vida académica y urbana de la ciudad de Segovia

La sede de IE University en Madrid acoge a partir de hoy la exposición fotográfica “Photos on The Move”, una muestra que recoge lugares y momentos que reflejan el mundo urbano de Segovia y la vida académica en el campus de Santa Cruz la Real.

La muestra, que pudo ser contemplada en el campus central de IE University Segovia, se traslada ahora de forma temporal al nuevo edificio de la universidad privada, ubicado en el centro de Madrid, en la calle María de Molina 31 bis, un edificio de 7000 m2 que estrenó con el nuevo curso académico.

Se trata de una muestra fotográfica, patrocinada por el Departamento de Comunicación de IE University, que muestra imágenes, tanto en color como en blanco y negro, tomadas con teléfono inteligente, tableta y cámara compacta, y editadas con aplicaciones específicas para el retoque de fotografía móvil.

La exposición exhibe una selección de treinta entradas del blog bilingüe “Photos on the move” (, cuyo autor es Roberto Arribas, miembro del gabinete de prensa de IE University. Las fotografías, que se clasifican en cinco categorías -interiores, vida urbana, naturaleza, gente y detalles-, aportan algunos detalles de la vida universitaria y de rincones del campus de IE University. La selección de imágenes recorre calles, lugares significativos, escenas cotidianas de la ciudad de Segovia, y de otros espacios que son especiales para el autor.

En esta exposición, las imágenes además se acompañan de pequeños textos escritos por Arribas -y traducidos al inglés por la editora Gill Hopkin-sobre temas universales como la educación, la solidaridad, la libertad o el respeto al patrimonio artístico.




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