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Week zero at IE University
14/03/2011 - General
"Week zero" at IE’s Santa Cruz la Real campus comprised a broad range of activities aimed at easing first-year students into their new academic environment and the IE University philosophy. Over the course of three action-packed days the students got to know in detail how the University works and found out more about its schools, degree programs and the international profiles of its faculty, in preparation for the challenges that lay ahead. Students were also brought up to speed on the services and facilities available to them on the 18,000m2 campus, where latest generation technologies blend seamlessly with 15th century buildings steeped in history.
70% of first-year degree students at IE University are from outside Spain, from some 35 countries worldwide. The campus is a truly international environment, having welcomed students for the 2009/2010 academic year from countries that included 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.
Week Zero was divided into three intense days of activities at the Segovia campus and in the Guadarrama mountains, where students undertook an experiential program. In addition to purely academic activities, students took part in other, equally important teambuilding exercises.
On the first day students got to grips with campus facilities and services, as well as learning more about the philosophy and values espoused by IE University, including the entrepreneurial spirit, business management, a humanistic approach, and technological innovation. Following a simple welcome ceremony led by the Rector, Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, the students were photographed at the entrance to the University’s Aula Magna, next to the entrance door to the old Santa Cruz la Real campus, the work of architect Juan Güas.
Students then participated in talks and addresses about the University’s code of ethics, IE’s innovative teaching methods, and the “IE module”, which comprises a series of transversal subjects that apply to all IE University programs. The module brings students closer to professional realities, equipping them with a deep knowledge of contemporary cultures and societies, relational and work skills, an ethical stance and an introduction to the world of business and management. The first day of Week Zero was rounded off with a guided tour of Segovia, declared a world heritage site by Unesco.
Outdoor and leisure day
On the second day students were taken to Valle de la Barranca (Guadarrama mountains, province of Madrid) to enjoy a series of outdoor training activities designed to promote teamworking and the team spirit. “The objective was to enable bonding among the group, and to work on personal skills, leadership skills and teambuilding”, said professor Raúl Revuelta, Director of Extracurricular Activities at IE University.
As part of an activity called “The 7+7 wonders of the world”, students embarked on a treasure hunt which consisted in solving different cultural clues acted out to achieve a final objective that involved all the groups. The next challenge came in the form of outdoor activity park “De Pino a Pino”, where students had fun doing four circuits, which included an enormous wire gliding course, with glides as long as 160 meters, trapezes , rope bridges, nets, and tree ropes.
Finally, the third day of Week Zero was held at the Santa Cruz la Real campus. The main aim was for students to find out more about IE’s different schools at the Madrid and Segovia campuses through talks given by their respective deans. Each school presented its faculty and its key projects for the upcoming academic year.