Josep Borrell inaugurates IE University’s Center for European Studies

14/03/2011 - General

Earlier today Josep Borrell inaugurated IE University’s Center for European Studies (CES), set to focus on the teaching, dissemination and analysis of the economic, legal and political challenges resulting from European integration. The inauguration of the Center coincides with the recent entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and the start of the Spanish government’s EU presidency on January 1.


Josep Borrell, former Spanish minister and president of the European Parliament, and current president of the European University Institute in Florence, gave an address centered on “Europe, from the fall of the wall to overcoming the crisis”.


The Center for European Studies is presided by José María de Areilza, holder of the Jean Monnet-IE Chair, and directed by Marie-José Garot. The Center will also have its own advisory board chaired by Rafael Puyol, president of IE University, and comprised of key figures that include Miguel Maduro, Fidel Sendagorta, Guillermo de la Dehesa and Romana Sadurska.


The CES, which enjoys the backing of the European Commission, will run seminars and conferences to promote debate on contemporary European issues as well as fostering research through the publication of articles by IE experts. The Center will also develop “European modules” for IE’s master programs. All IE University students, including those on exchange programs and summer courses, will receive instruction on European issues.


"IE University competed with a large number of European institutions to host this research center. The result is proof of the recognition by the EU of our work in this field,” said Marie-José Garot, Director of the Center for European Studies. "The Center will have a markedly multidisciplinary approach. We will be examining the challenges posed by European integration from an economic, political, and legal perspective, all this with an acute awareness of the role played by the EU in economic globalization”.

IE Business School ranked No. 5 in Europe and No. 1 in Spain by Financial Times

14/03/2011 - General

IE Business School holds position No. 5 in Europe and No. 1 in Spain in the 2009 ranking of European business schools published by Financial Times.


The annual report is based on the results obtained by leading European business schools in the rankings of MBA programs, Executive MBAs, masters in management and executive education programs published throughout this year by Financial Times.


The results of FT’s “ranking of rankings” are based on factors that include graduate salary progression, levels of diversity among faculty and student body, and fulfillment of expectations of students and recruiters.


IE Business School’s position in FT’s ranking of European business schools further consolidates results achieved by the School this year in international rankings conducted by Wall Street Journal (No. 1 worldwide, MBA), BusinessWeek (No. 2 worldwide, MBA) and Forbes (No. 3 worldwide, MBA).


IE Business School shapes leaders that promote innovation and change in organisations, equipping directors with an entrepreneurial mindset that generates employment, wealth and social wellbeing. Recognised as one of the world’s leading business schools, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and a faculty of more than 500 professors who teach students from 88 countries on its master, PhD and executive education programs. IE students use innovative online and presential learning formats, including the IE Communities platform where they exchange knowledge and experiences with 40,000 IE graduates that currently hold management positions in some 100 countries.

IE Law School listed among the best law schools in the world by Financial Times

14/03/2011 - General

Madrid, November 24, 2009. IE Law School has been listed for the second consecutive year among the best law schools worldwide in the Financial Times’ ‘Global Legal Education 2009’ report. The FT’s survey of education in the world of law features the top 57 law schools in the world, 12 of which are European, and uses criteria such as legal fields taught, the level of internationalization of the student body, and the employability of graduates on completion of the program.

The report underscores the fact that 90% of IE Law School graduates are working within 3 months of completing their studies. In the 2008/2009 academic year, 210 students from 35 countries undertook one of IE’s 6 Masters of Laws (LL.M), which include the Executive LL.M. run jointly with Northwestern University (US), the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Practice, and Spanish-taught Masters in Law and Tax.

About IE Law School

IE Law School equips legal professionals to meet the challenges of a global economy and to steer their companies through the fast changing world of law and business through responsible leadership. The School is a vibrant community committed to the generation of legal knowledge in a corporate, economic and social context. The IE Law School Master of Laws (LL.M.) and executive education programs are international benchmarks in corporate law, renowned for their innovative approach to providing solutions for legal problems in a global market and for their focus on active learning. Following 35 years as part of IE Business School, business administration continues to form part of IE Law School programs given its essential role in providing an integral vision of the world of business and its key players.

IE University Aims for Sustainability

14/03/2011 - General

Within the context of the global economic crisis which we have experienced these past months, we often hear opinions which emphasize the need to carefully analyze investments, prioritizing on those that directly maximize and consolidate what is most beneficial. However, at IE University we aim to establish a series of key values for institutions and businesses which go beyond a purely economic scope.


Among these values is sustainability, always a complex and challenging topic, which will be the focus of discussion on the 20th of November. The event, Sustainability in Critical Times, will be held in the Refectory of IE University from 9:30 to 14:300. The objective is to strengthen the links between the academic and business world, in order to foster cooperation in generating greater knowledge and understanding of best practices in the area of sustainable development.


Among the presenters at this event are prestigious and internationally recognized professionals, such as Yves Lesenfants, who will inaugurate the event. He is a technical advisor for the Foundation of Multilateral Investments (FOMIN) and the Inter-American Development Bank (I.A.D.B.), as well as the social founder of the Andes Tropical Program. Located in Venezuela, the Andes Tropical Program works to protect and improve the natural ecosystem by identifying and resolving threats caused by the exploitation of agroecosystems. Through the use of innovative technological tools applied to the planning of the landscape, they have enabled the coexistence of traditional productive activities along with the development of sustainable tourism.


Javier Carrillo, Director of Economic Environment at IE Business School (IE University), will analyze the next steps in eco-innovations and what will shape the future of economic politics in the EU.


Antonio Lucio Gil, Director General of the Department of Transportation of the District of Madrid, will speak about the future of urban transportation and his paper which focuses on a design for sustainable cities.


Raúl Revuelta, Director of the Bachelor in Tourism Management at IE Business School (IE University) will close the second part of the event with a presentation of the Saas-FEE case, a locality in the Swiss Alps whose commitment to sustainability has gained numerous awards and international recognition, including the Energy Town of 2002, and the seal of Excellence in 2004.


The Event will conclude with a round table discussion analyzing the various strategies of business from many different sectors but which all share the common goal of achieving sustainability. Among the businesses invited are Toyota, Red Electric Spain, Iberpistas and Ferrovial.


The event is hosted by Iberpistas and the Foundation of Universities of Castilla and León. Those interested in attending the event can register online at this site

IE University online game fosters the spirit of cooperation in the field of science among students around Europe

14/03/2011 - General

IE University has designed an online game that brings interdisciplinary, international and collaborative aspects of science to students all over Europe. “The International Lake Game Competition” is an interactive game played over the internet, whereby participants gain first-hand experience of the tension involved in deciding between cooperating for the good of their community, or opting for personal gain. The game was created by the multimedia department of IE Business School’s e-learning unit, and will soon be played by students from countries that include France, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. Participants will compete online on November 12 to demonstrate their capacity to cooperate in an unusual setting: an artificial lake on whose shores 8 factories have been built, all of which need the water in the lakes to produce their goods.


The way the game works is apparently simple: participants are divided into 24 teams, which in turn are positioned around 3 artificial lakes in such a way that each team is in charge of one of the 8 factories around each reservoir. The factories have to decide, as the game unfolds, if they will make the effort to clean the waste water that flows out of their plant and into the reservoir, in which case their income will go down, or if they dump untreated water, in which case their profits will go up. The production process of all the companies will be halted if the level of pollution in the reservoir goes beyond a given threshold, which means that cooperation with the other factories is vital for their own survival and a chance to get through to the final. The company who makes the greatest profit will win the game.


The teams, half of which will be international, will have two opportunities to communicate using a webcam and microphone; hence, the competition will be run entirely in English. It is the most innovative and risk-based activity offered by IE University for the Science, Technology and Innovation Week, a key event in the communication of advances in science and technology in Europe, and set to take place from November 12 - 19 in Spain’s Castilla y León province. 


The coordinator of activities at IE University, Jesús G. Ochoa de Alda, sees the game as an ideal opportunity to showcase the issue addressed by the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Economy, US researcher Elinor Ostrom, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for her “analysis of economic governance, especially the commons”. Her theory overturned a line of thought that has stood for the last 30 years that claimed that the overexploitation of shared resources by a community would inevitably lead to their extinction. Ostrom rejected this theory, favoring an alternative ending, and which makes for an excellent setting for the Lake game, based on dialogue among the members of the community. Ochoa, who teaches Evolutive Biology at IE University, observes that “sometimes the individual has to earn less so that the community can survive”.


In addition to the Lake game, IE University has programmed a further 20 activities for the 2009 Science Week, including courses, workshops, conferences, roundtables, exhibitions, and fieldwork. The object of all said activities is to serve as a platform to bring science, technology and innovation closer to the society they serve.


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