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About IE

IE Excellence

IE shapes leaders who drive innovation and change in organizations, providing a learning environment where technologies and diversity play a key role in fostering global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanistic approach.

IE offers programs in fields that include business administration, law, finance, international relations, architecture, big data and technology, communication and media, and human behavior. The organization has delegations in 30 countries, and runs programs in cities that include Madrid, Segovia, Cape Town, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Providence, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Shanghai. It has been recognized internationally for the way it uses online and blended formats to transform the learning experience.

IE’s faculty comprises more than 500 professors who teach students from 130 countries, generating knowledge and developing research projects with social impact. IE also has more than 60,000 alumni from 165 countries, professionals with international profiles who serve as ambassadors for IE around the world.

Our values

Everything from creating new programs to selecting faculty or defining program courses, is based on our main pillars. These pillars make up our DNA and define who we are…


We have been innovators in management education since 1973. Our goal is to contribute to improving the world by shaping directors and entrepreneurs focused on driving wealth creation, employment and social wellbeing. We strive to offer programs that meet the needs of our students and serve as a catalyst for the professional development of young people, senior managers, and top executives. We adapt to the demands of the market by adopting innovative formats and approaches that are then taught by a faculty made up of experts from all over the world. At the same time we work with internationally renowned institutions. In our hands rests the talent of thousands of directors who for four decades have placed their confidence and their future in our institution. It is thanks to them that we have forged our spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, placing a special emphasis on diversity and an international outlook. We use up-to-the-minute technology to meet our students’ every need, while building on a humanistic perspective that enriches students and helps them to better understand how our complex world works. It’s in our DNA.


The technological revolution is an unstoppable force that has changed the way we work, negotiate and consume in every sector. In the education sector it has blurred the lines between nations. IE students participate in our programs from every corner of the world around the clock. Our blended teaching methodology combines onsite sessions with online learning modules which replicate the classroom experience in a digital environment where students attend videoconferences, discuss their work on virtual forums, study multimedia cases and work in synchronous and asynchronous fashion. We were pioneers in Europe when, in the year 2002, we decided to invest €12 million in taking the first steps toward online teaching in the field of management. Since then, our blended programs have earned international distinctions. We are the best online business school in the world according to the Financial Times MBA Online 2016 Ranking, the No. 2 school in the world in the QS Distance Online MBA 2016 Ranking, and the No. 1 European Institution for specialist programs for Coursera, the global leader in open online teaching.


IE opened its doors in 1973, and since then entrepreneurship has been one of our defining characteristics. That is why we place a special focus on entrepreneurial management, giving students the opportunity to work in Area 31, our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Space, a startup accelerator that enables them to exchange experiences and work alongside experts in the field of entrepreneurship. Each year we travel the planet to organize Venture Days and Venture Networks, as well as competitions such as the Global Mobile Challenge. We aim to understand the entrepreneurial reality of each country, facilitating contact between startups and investors, rewarding the best business ideas and driving innovation and entrepreneurship in equal parts.


IE is an international institution. We are citizens of the world. The result is that this year there are students from 128 countries on our campus, we have a faculty made up of more than 500 professors from around the world, our programs are filled with international content, and our students benefit from exchange programs that help boost their career opportunities in a global environment. We immerse our students in a multicultural microcosm with the goal of producing business leaders with an international outlook, able to adapt and to manage companies and organizations anywhere in the world. The directors we produce understand and respect difference, manage diversity and are able to glean maximum potential from their organizations. IE has delegations in 28 countries and educates its students in cities that include Madrid, Segovia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Providence, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Cape Town, and Shanghai.


The humanities have always been part of our identity. That’s why all our students also attend courses in subjects that include art history, literature, philosophy, cultural theory and history, to improve their analytical abilities and critical thinking. The Humanities Center oversees extra-curricular activities like the Humanities Discussion Series, the Art and Business Club, or the Alumni Conference Season, which invites guest speakers to share their research and thoughts with the IE community.

IE International Recognition

The international press ranks IE and its schools among the best in the world.

IE Business School is recognized as one of the leading business schools in the world by publications such as: Financial Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Business Week and América Economía.

We have also been awarded with educational accreditations from the following institutions: EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs), and AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), all of whom recognize the quality of IE programs on an international level.

IE University holds a leading position in Europe among institutions of higher education for excellence in innovation and learning technologies. In addition, its undergraduate programs are recognized by the most prestigious associations in their respective fields, and highly regarded by employers of leading corporations.