IE University’s first-year student body comprises 70% international students and 35 nationalities

14/03/2011 - General

“IE University is an international institution not only in terms of its mission, but also in the composition of its student body and faculty from countries around the world.  The percentage of international students in this year’s intake for degree programs stands at 70%.” This is IE University in the words of its Rector, Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, speaking during the inauguration ceremony for its second academic year. The University has a first-year student body comprised of young people from 35 countries as it launches its official bachelor degree in business administration, with English and Spanish versions, a special focus on entrepreneurship and technological innovation, and a humanistic approach.


This year IE University has launched a total of four new degree programs, taking the total student body to 1,200, 150 of which joined the University this year, 100 of which are from outside Spain.


In his opening address Íñiguez de Onzoño underscored the fact that 70% of the students enrolled on the first year were international students. The typical student profile was that of a young person with a great deal of talent, highly motivated, creative, and with a marked entrepreneurial spirit. Moreover, most of the students have lived in several different countries and are fluent in two or three languages, having come to IE University in search of an international environment. The majority of students are from Europe, with others from the US, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Countries of origin include the US, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Holland, Serbia, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Morocco, Libya,  Philippines, Brazil, Oman, Pakistan, Australia, Iran, Georgia, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.


Íñiguez’s inaugural address was based on three main pillars: the importance of fostering the entrepreneurial spirit; the opportunity afforded by the Bologna Accord; and the humanistic values that underlie IE University’s drive to position itself as a leading university in Southern Europe. “Our University will become, over a period of 10 to 15 years, a leading centre of higher education worldwide”.


The rector announced upcoming projects, including the launch of dual degrees in business administration coupled with history of art, psychology, or biology. The University also plans to create a new degree in law and business administration. “All new dual degrees will have a markedly international focus, will run for four years, and will bring career development opportunities for our graduates”.


The rector stated the University’s intention to run minor programs to round off the degree offering, designed “to enable students to study different disciplines; the variety of itineraries offered by IE University will be what makes our program portfolio unique”.


With regard to postgraduate programs, Iñiguez intends to develop an extensive range of master programs. IE University aims to build a program portfolio that comprises 80% master programs. “In five years’ time we aim to have a new range of masters comprising some 20 new master programs offered by the different schools at IE University”.


In addition to fostering continuous executive education and expanding the faculty, the rector insisted that the University is committed to investing in new campus facilities following an investment of 3 million Euros over the last academic year. Iñiguez explained how the IE campus now had optimum technologies and equipment for learning and for the study of communication and architecture. “The objective is for students to be able to study half of their subjects through high-quality online programs from different world regions as they undertake internships, participate in social projects, or learn a third or fourth language”.


The rector announced the establishment of international alliances with prestigious US institutions Brown University and Dartmouth College, and other leading universities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The alliances will serve as a platform for student exchange programs, specialized programs at the Segovia campus for US students, and joint research projects.


Enric Ruiz Geli

One of Spain’s most internationally renowned architects, Catalonia’s Enric Ruiz Geli, gave the keynote address. He described his concept of architecture in the form of projects undertaken by his studio, Cloud 9, including the expansion of the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. His projects have received numerous national and international awards over the last ten years.


The ceremony served to welcome this year’s new students and to celebrate the graduation of the 233 students who completed their studies in 2008, and who received their degree certificates from the University’s General Secretary, Roberto Ruiz. The graduates were represented by Gustavo García de la Fuente, who had just completed his degree in audiovisual communication. IE University’s first three doctoral graduates also received their doctoral degree during the ceremony.


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