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IE is accredited by international accreditation bodies

IE Business School is considered one of Europe's leading business schools by international media like Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal or América Economía. These publications recognise IE as a leader in academic areas like entrepreneurship, or in the field of learning technologies.

Honoris Causa MBA

IE awards the Honoris Causa MBA title to key figures from the corporate and institutional world who make exceptional contributions to progress in society. Recipients to date include Luciano Benetton, Bill Gates, Reuben Mark, Michael Treschow, Jacques Santer, Romano Prodi, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Craig R. Barret, and Emilio Azcárraga.


IE Business School students and professors have received numerous awards and distinctions for academic excellence in different fields. Achievements include prizes in prestigious competitions like MBA Student of the year from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), Thunderbird's Innovation Challenge, Freshfields Best European Lawyer, EFMD's European Case Writing Competition, and National University of Singapore's Cerebration.

Merlot Award

IE wins the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources with the teaching note of the multimedia case Accountsville.  The teaching note was prepared for the area of Accounting and Control by professor Lucia Egea, in collaboration with the Department of Multimedia and Learning Innovation Content Development.

Beta Gamma Sigma

IE Business School was the first European institution to form part of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, an organisation that recognises top business students enrolled in programmes accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Mark Peinhopf, Matteo Perondi, Joseph Berlino and Mario del Duca, all students of IE's International MBA program, were finalists in Cerebration 2010, a competition organized by the National University of Singapore to foster the international expansion of Singaporean firms. The students presented a development plan for Vestas, a wind energy firm, beating 500 other teams to become finalists.