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14/03/2011 - General
Madrid/Boston- Students at IE University will have the opportunity to do summer courses in Providence.
IE and Brown University are delighted to announce the formalization of a multifaceted relationship, bringing together one of Europe´s leading business schools and a leading North American research university.
Brown and IE share a commitment to academic excellence and to innovation in research and teaching. Both are committed to the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit in the academic world no less than in the worlds of management and technological innovation.
We anticipate developing a wide range of research and teaching opportunities together over the coming years as we explore synergies between our interdisciplinary approaches to graduate and undergraduate training for leadership in our increasingly global world.
"This initiative comes at a particularly propitious time, as the global economic situation calls for a systematic rethinking of financial systems and management paradigms. There needs to be a much wider approach to understanding the role of corporations and managers within our global society. Managers need to be exposed to broader philosophies and schools of thought, building a wider vision of value creation and sustainability. This alliance is a major step forward in developing a higher education model which is focused on developing students who are global citizens as well as well rounded professionals" says Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School.
To support this agenda, Brown and IE seek to link the expertise of the two institutions in a number of innovative exchanges and programs. Utilizing the strengths of IE Business School in management and Brown´s excellence in the humanities, social, biological and physical sciences, both institutions seek to foster a platform of interdisciplinary research and teaching. This will be supported through exchanges of faculty and students from various programs and at different levels of each school.
David Kennedy, Vice President of International Affairs at Brown University described the new relationship as an opportunity to focus on innovative approaches to management. "The future of management and leadership education lies in reimagining the MBA and other management programs so as to link traditional analytic skills with humanist and scientific learning, pursue interdisciplinary research across a broad range of fields relating to organizational, economic and social dynamics, and develop new pedagogic and research avenues in the fields of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship".
Brown´s undergraduate program on Commerce, Organization and Entrepreneurship will be a key component of the relationship with IE, as will Brown´s Master´s Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME). We expect additional synergies among our summer and continuing education, adult education and executive education offerings, both in Rhode Island and in Spain.
One of the first major ventures to be launched will be an IE Executive MBA developed through an alliance between IE and Brown´s Continuing Education division. IE will launch a version of its top ranked International Executive MBA with some distinct characteristics developed with Brown in the summer of 2009, aiming to commence the program in the fall of 2010. Aimed at senior executives with more than 10 years work experience, the program will draw on IE´s expertise in blended learning formats, linking state of the art online learning methodologies and face to face periods. This program will include residential periods on Brown´s campus in Providence Rhode Island and IE´s centre in Madrid. Faculty from both institutions will be involved in the design and delivery of the program, which will primarily be taught by leading faculty from IE´s world renowned faculty. This effort represents a major step for Brown in the field of continuing, adult and on-line education.
"This promises to be a truly innovative program in terms of content and delivery. The opportunity for participants to take part in an internationally diverse, blended program whilst exploring some exciting new approaches to management through disciplines in the humanities and physical sciences, promises to be a really unique experience".
IE shapes leaders that promote innovation and change in organizations, equipping directors with an entrepreneurial mindset that generates employment, wealth and social wellbeing. Recognized as one of the world´s leading business schools, IE has an urban campus in Madrid and a university campus in Segovia and a faculty of more than 500 professors who teach students from 75 countries on its bachelors, master´s, Ph.D. and executive education programs. IE students use innovative online and face-to-face learning formats, including the IE Communities platform where they exchange knowledge and experiences with 35,000 IE graduates that currently hold management positions in some 100 countries.
About Brown University
Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, is an Ivy League institution with a distinctive undergraduate academic curriculum, outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a tradition of innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary study. Brown offers nearly 100 programs of study to its approximately 7,700 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from around the world and has a firm commitment to academic excellence and diversity in its student population. The University adheres to a collaborative university-college model in which faculty are as committed to teaching as they are to research, embracing a curriculum in which students are the architects of their education. For more information, visit the University´s Web site.
14/03/2011 - General
Members met in Madrid from March 31 to April 4 to discuss how they imagine the university of the future, the fields of knowledge that will play a key role in the coming years, and the potential of internet to further the learning process.
They feel that university education has to be modern, practical, creative and socially responsible.
IE University held its first International Junior Advisory Board (JAB) Meeting from March 31 to April 1, with 14 board members aged between 13 and 18 years old from Spain, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Singapore, China, Uganda, South Africa and the US. Members were selected to form part of the Board based on their extraordinary profiles, and brought to the IE Campuses in Madrid and Segovia to debate what the university of the future will be like, which fields of knowledge will play a key role over the coming years, and the potential of online channels to serve as an education tool.
During their stay in Spain, these young members met up with members of the IE Advisory Board, comprised of top executives that include Emilio Azcárraga (Televisa), Luciano Benetton (Benetton), Carl Hahn (Volkswagen), Magda Salarich (Banco Santander), Amparo Moraleda (Iberdrola) and Peter Sutherland (Goldman Sachs). The members of the Junior Advisory Board presented their senior counterparts with their conclusions regarding future university education.
The ideas they put forward include the belief that university programs have to be modern, practical, creative and socially responsible. "I want to see the world as it is – raw, inedited and unfiltered. That is the only way for an artist to see", said Myhrra Duarte of Mexico. The members of the Junior Advisory Board see globalization as a vehicle for new opportunities and industries to grow and for a greater exchange of ideas. "If education was the human body, humanism would be the heart", said Ms. Duarte, "and without it, education would die". Humanistic values, they believe, are fundamental not only in a person’s development as a professional but as a human being.
"We have to listen to young people to design education programs that respond to their concerns, taking into account the way they see the world, covering the fields they see as most relevant, and leveraging their proficiency in technologies", says IE University. "This initiative further underlines IE´s commitment to promote innovation and humanities, and its international approach to higher education".
In order to select members of the board, IE University used its network of international offices in 20 countries, which contacted 100 schools and colleges to ask them to recommend candidates based on their intellectual capacity and maturity, language and technology skills, curiosity, determination, capacity for work, creative intelligence and commitment to humanistic values and social responsibility.
After studying the candidatures exhaustively, the JAB project heads selected 14 young people. Some of the youngsters have received distinctions in their home countries for their achievements in disciplines like mathematics, sports or journalism. Some have blogs with thousands of readers or have rendered humanitarian services in the wake of natural disasters, such as the Sichuan earthquake, which shook central China in 2008. Others have participated in international forums like Club Unesco, War Affected Children and United Nations Module at Harvard.
14/03/2011 - General
IE Higher Education and King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) have signed an agreement to jointly create a Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance at IE Business School. The agreement was signed on March 31 during the visit to IE of the Saudi Arabian Minister of Higher Education, HE Khaled Al Anqari.
Based on the principles of equality and reciprocity of benefits, the Centre´s activities will include the design and implementation of courses in the fields of Islamic economics and finance for master programs, and executive seminars on Islamic economics and finance held in Madrid and Jeddah. The Center will also foster research in specific topics in the field of Islamic finance, as well as organizing an annual symposium.
"The current financial crisis has confirmed just how global the financial world has become. The new landscape requires a joint effort to build a strong and solid financial order in which Islamic finance is set to play a key role in the near future. The Center for Islamic Economics and Finance will help executives and future executives to understand how Islamic finance works, serving as a bridge between east and west built on better mutual understanding" added, Celia de Anca, IE Business School.
The Center will build the necessary base for creating the required environment for Islamic finance, and at the same time will help in creating the professional expertise required, said the professor Osama Sadik hayeb, president of king Abdulaziz University.
King Abdulaziz University was established in 1967 (1387 H) as a national university designed to promote higher education in the western area of Saudi Arabia. It holds a distinguished position among higher education institutions in the Kingdom, with a student body that comprises 82,152 men and women. King Abdulaziz University is considered a pioneer in offering higher education to Saudi women, with female and male sections that were inaugurated in the same year. The minister of higher education presides over the University council, the members of which include HE the director of the University, the deputies of the University, the deans of colleges, and the independent deanships.
IE Higher Education is an international institution dedicated to educating business leaders through programs based on our core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach. Our 500-strong, international faculty teaches a student body composed of more than 80 nationalities on our Undergraduate (IE University), Master, and Doctorate degrees, and Executive Education programs. Our alumni, now numbering over 37,000, hold management positions in some 100 countries worldwide.We champion applied research coupled with multidisciplinary, integrative education programs. Designed to address market demands, our innovative learning processes comprise a blend of online and onsite formats, making IE a pioneer in international education.
14/03/2011 - General
IE University and Bancaja have signed a collaboration agreement to create the Bancaja Chair in Young Entrepreneurs, aimed at promoting the entrepreneurial mindset among IE University students. The Chair will make IE part of a project that already comprises 34 chairs in universities throughout Spain, whereby Bancaja fosters the entrepreneurial spirit on university campuses. The Chair will be headed by Dr. Cristina Cruz, professor of entrepreneurial management and family business at IE.
The management education calendar for the first phase includes workshops on entrepreneurship at the IE University campus. IE University students will have the opportunity to draft a business plan supervised by professors from IE, which enjoys world renown for its innovative and entrepreneurial approach to management education. The Bancaja Chair will organize dissemination events, including the sponsorship of the Second European Social Entrepreneurship and Education Consortium (SEEC) at IE University, which serves as a platform for entrepreneurs and researchers to present social entrepreneurship initiatives run by international universities. Chair heads will also be coordinating projects and research in the field of entrepreneurship, addressing issues like the impact of the economic crisis on entrepreneurial activity in Spain, based on the experience of Spanish entrepreneurs.
Cristina Cruz, director of the Chair at IE, said that the project was a source of great satisfaction for IE Business School. “We are delighted that banks like Bancaja are helping promote the entrepreneurial spirit, a field on which we have placed a special focus for over 35 years now, based on our conviction that entrepreneurship is an engine for the creation of employment, wealth, and social well-being.”
14/03/2011 - General
The prominent author and blogger explains how the internaut, the indisputable star of the web, has become a web actor
Internet is currently undergoing a fascinating transformation process that is fast becoming a revolution thanks to web users, the indisputable stars of this change. Users participate, express themselves, exchange knowledge, create social networks and are the first to break news stories thanks to new tools like Twitter or Facebook. The phenomenon of web 2.0, a term coined by experts, was today the central theme of the address given by researcher and IS and communication Guru Francis Pisani, at IE School of Communication at IE University.
Based in San Francisco, Pisani is considered one of most influential bloggers and "thinking heads" worldwide in the field of the impact of the cybernetic world on our day-to-day lives and on business. He is a visiting professor at IE University and serves as guest speaker at institutions like Stanford University or the University of California at Berkeley.
A columnist for press agencies like El País and Le Monde, Francis Pisani has brought many of the aspects that are revolutionizing the web to the discussion table, aspects that have turned the internaut into a web actor. The user is now the real star thanks to the many opportunities offered by the internet, like the creation of web content and communities, and the growth of e-trade. Pisani explains how all this has a direct impact on the global economy, on business and on journalism, how we are on the brink of a transformation that will change our lives and the key components of which are basically social networking, and new information and communication technologies.
Pisani wanted his address at IE University to be an interactive event for the students of IE School of Communication, who asked the expert numerous questions related to the future of digital journalism and the professional opportunities that this new scenario would bring.
Pisani was joined by the dean of IE School of Communication, Samuel Martín-Barbero, the writer and associate professor of IE University, Eduardo Martínez-Rico, and the IE School of Communication program director, Begoña González Cuesta.