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Spanish government declares state of emergency

Dear members of the IE University Community,

On March 14, the Spanish government declared a state of emergency as part of its efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in line with other similar initiatives across Europe. The main consequences for the IE University community has been the closure of our two campuses in Segovia and Madrid, as well as placing restrictions on movement for all people except to purchase food, go to hospitals, pharmacies, and a few other cases of force majeure.

At this stage, we ask all students, faculty and staff to remain at home and follow the recommendations of the health authorities. Please, let us know if we can assist you in any way you may need. Meanwhile, the directors of IE’s various departments and units will coordinate the services provided by their different teams so as to keep our online courses running smoothly. IE University deans will be in regular contact with their school’s students. The Rector, vice rectors, and program managers will also contact faculty members regarding the delivery of classes. We have also created a number of virtual groups that hold daily meetings to supervise the regular delivery of our operations.

We are about to live through some very exceptional weeks, in which our patience, our generosity, and commitment as global citizens, our responsibility and our ability to overcome great challenges, will be put to the test. In short, this will be an occasion to prove our worth and I am sure we will all rise to the occasion. From this experience, we will emerge stronger, more entrepreneurial, as well as being better individuals and better professionals.

We care deeply for all of our students, and especially for this year’s graduates. I am convinced that the Class of 2020 will be remembered as one of IE University’s best: a very special group of resilient leaders equipped to transform the world; to create a fairer and more equitable global society.

You have the full support of your IE community, now and in the future.

 

Take care and best wishes.

 

Santiago Iñiguez

President, IE University