Our History

1970

1973 - IE Business School is born
1974 - First regular programs begin
1975 - Function-specific postgraduate programs introduced

1980

1980 - International Advisory Board is formed
1981 - First alumni association is established
1983 - IE Business School reaches 1,000 alumni
1983 - The International MBA is launched
1987 - IE Business School campus at María de Molina 11 is opened
1989 - The school reaches 1,000 master’s students

1990

1991 - Bill Gates is awarded an honorary MBA by IE Business School
1992 - The first Entrepreneurship Exhibition takes place
1996 - The Management College building is opened
1997 - IE and Business Forum is founded
1998 - IE Business School celebrates 25 years of postgraduate programs, executive education and consulting services
1999 - Establishment of the College of Information and Technologies and the International Center for Entrepreneurship and Ventures Development

2000

2001 - Our first blended program is launched
2002 - IE Business School’s first e-learning unit is created
2002 - IE Business School earns the "triple-crown"
A “triple accreditation" is a feat only achieved by 1% of the world's business schools
2003 - Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are awarded honorary MBAs
2006 - IE Business School holds the first “Global Village” event
2007 - Instituto de Empresa becomes two entities: IE Business School and IE University
2008 - The new IE University campus in Segovia is opened

2010

2010 - Area 31: IE's Home to Entrepreneurship
2011 - The IE Brown Executive MBA is launched and the Prince of Wales visits the school
2013 - The school celebrates its 40th anniversary
2015 - IE Business School hosts the 2015 IE Alumni Forum: Why Innovation Matters
2016 - The WOW Room is launched at our Madrid Campus
2017 - 131 nationalities are recorded on-campus and the 29th international office is opened in South Africa

2020

2020 - IE Business School launches the Tech MBA - The first specialized MBA focused on the Tech sector launched in Europe
2020 - A rapid COVID-19 response is developed, adapting campuses and learning to the new normal
2020 - The cutting-edge liquid learning model is unveiled
2021 - IE Business School welcomes its 50th intake for the International MBA
2021 - The IE Tower, located in the financial center of Madrid, is opened
2021 - Lee Newman is welcomed as the new Dean of IE Business School