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IE University begins new term with 860 new students from 76 countries

12 /09 /2016 Events
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IE University kicked off a new academic year today as 860 students from 76 countries began an extensive range of degree programs. With a significant increase in last year’s intake, IE University consolidates its position as the benchmark for international students, with 62% of undergraduates coming to study here from outside Spain.

Overall, IE University now has a global community of 2,300 students made up of 102 nationalities on its Segovia and Madrid centers.

Among the highlights of this eighth academic year at IE University is the introduction of a four-year degree program in Information Systems Management, a hands-on and cutting edge program taught in English positioning students at the forefront of the digital world and equipping them to make an impact in the increasingly important area where technology and business meet.   On Monday morning, the Aula Magna, located in the former convent of Santa Cruz la Real in Segovia, welcomed students and teachers to two events over the course of the day. The inaugural, morning lecture was given by Professor John Elliott, the internationally renowned expert on Spanish history and a 1996 winner of the Prince of Asturias Prize. David Suarez, a leading consultant in strategy, organization and processing enterprises at PwC, gave the opening speech at the afternoon event.   Also speaking was Sanjay Sarma, Vice President of Open Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who gave a speech on behalf of MIT, the day’s guest institution, reflecting the excellent relations between the two educational institutions, united by the international outlook of their programs and their commitment to innovation and the use of new technologies applied to teaching.

Professor Sarma was keen to remind new students that in today’s world, where the influence of technology is ever greater on our lives, we should not forget the importance of values such as talent, creativity, innovation, ethics and the entrepreneurial spirit, which machines can never replace.

Inaugural lecture: John Elliott  

In conclusion, Sir John called on his fellow historians to “make themselves heard in today’s uncertain world, to question the myths of inward-looking nationalism that offers simple answers to difficult problems, creating a dangerous sense of victimization.”   The rector’s speech   In his address to students, IE University Rector Salvador Carmona highlighted the university’s growing international recognition, “which reinforce our commitment to quality and academic excellence.”   Carmona listed the bases that make university education in IE, which can be summarized in five points: international approach to social and professional development, use of technological advances and innovation, entrepreneurial and creative thinking, emphasis on the humanities and the ethical values and, finally, a combination of academic rigor and exposure to business practices.   The Rector of IE University highlighted the diversity of this year’s intake of 860 students from 76 countries, 62% of whom are non-Spanish, while the 38% from Spain “will enjoy a broad international experience.”

“This diversity is an opportunity for everyone, enriches the university and has a vital impact on students,” he added.   Dr. Carmona also mentioned the new degree in Information Systems Management offered by the School of Human Sciences, describing it as “a truly innovative program that will be taught by leading experts in this area.”

While welcoming IE University’s success, Dr. Carmona reminded his audience of the importance of modesty and humility, concluding: “The best way to achieve success is to always seek a balance between the forces of continuity and change, because innovation is articulated through the knowledge and wisdom of previous generations.”