WHO WE ARE

IE University is a leading international higher education institution. We train the leaders of tomorrow with a global vision, entrepreneurial mindset, and humanistic approach to drive innovation and positive change.

WHERE WE COME FROM

We’ve been disruptors from the very start—and we’ve proven it over the decades.

IE University was founded over 50 years ago by and for entrepreneurs who recognized that traditional schools weren’t equipping students with the skills they needed in the job market.

We turned business education on its head with a disruptive teaching methodology, bringing faculty with real-world experience into the classroom. Now common practice, at the time, we were pioneers in recruiting industry practitioners as professors to add a hands-on approach to learning.

Ours was one of the first business schools in the world to launch an online MBA, and that spirit of innovation has allowed us to constantly stay at the cutting edge of higher education.

Now offering dozens of programs across five schools, we educate future leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset and sustainable approach that’s at the core of all our programs. These well-rounded professionals leave our programs ready to reshape their industries and leave their mark on the world.

CIVICA will continue to serve local and global communities, defend core European values, foster environmental sustainability, and advance policy-relevant research in the social sciences.  Yet, the focus will remain on the alliance’s internal communities.

OUR GUIDING PURPOSE & VALUES

At IE University, our purpose is to foster positive change through education, research, and innovation. As a leading educational institution, we believe it’s our duty to equip students with cutting-edge knowledge and skills as well as a strong sustainability mindset, so that they’re equipped to make a lasting positive impact on the world.

We work towards this purpose by embracing four core values that define our educational philosophy and shape our approach to learning. These values are at the core of everything we do, promoting a culture of constant innovation and academic excellence.

DIVERSITY

We embrace demographic, experiential, and cognitive diversity, and we facilitate an inclusive environment where everyone has the same access to opportunities.

INNOVATION

We embrace curiosity, innovative thinking, and cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to enhance our students’ learning experience.

HUMANITIES

We infuse the humanities into everything we do in order to train well-rounded professionals with critical-thinking skills and an ethical, empathetic mindset.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

We enable students to leverage the power of entrepreneurial thinking to combine what they love with what they’re good at and what the world needs.

OUR LEADERSHIP

SANTIAGO ÍÑIGUEZ

Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Headspring, a company owned by the Financial Times and IE Business School providing custom education programs for companies worldwide.

Santiago is the former Dean of IE Business School and has played a leading role in business education. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. Santiago was the first European appointed as “Dean of the Year” by Poets & Quants (2017). He earned his doctorate in law from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Salvador Carmona

SALVADOR CARMONA

Salvador Carmona is the Rector of IE University and Dean for Faculty Affairs. Salvador also regularly contributes to professional journals and magazines, engages in consultancy work for corporations, and leads executive training programs aimed at the top-level management of multinational enterprises. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Editor of the European Accounting Review, a top accounting journal.

Salvador holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Seville (Spain), a Bachelor’s in Economics and Business Administration, University of Seville (Spain), and completed the Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (CPCL) at HarvardUniversity. He is well versed in management and accounting control, management structures, and the implementation of ERPs.

OUR PROVOST

MANUEL MUÑIZ

Manuel Muñiz is IE University’s Provost, a role that spearheads the institution’s international expansion through strategic alliances. While the Rector is focused on internal leadership, the Provost is more focused on maintaining the university’s external relations, whether that be with organizations or other leading higher education institutions.

Manuel served as State Secretary (Vice Minister) at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2020 to 2021. Previously, he was Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

OUR SCHOOLS

At IE University, we take pride in our comprehensive educational approach, offering a wide range of schools that cater to diverse academic interests and career aspirations. Explore our exceptional schools, each renowned for its expertise and commitment to excellence.

IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

IE Business School shapes leaders who drive innovation and change in companies and organizations. Recognized in international rankings as one of the top business schools in the world, IE Business School offers world-renowned MBAs as well as other award-winning master’s, bachelor’s, dual-degree programs, doctorates, and more. The school also offers an unbeatable ecosystem for entrepreneurs, with dedicated spaces and events for developing and pitching startups to investors and mentors.

THE DEAN: LEE NEWMAN

Lee Newman is the 9th dean of IE Business School and professor of Behavioral Science and Leadership at IE University. He is an educational entrepreneur, a passionate teacher, and a thought leader who draws on his background and experience in business, human sciences, and technology to bring a disruptive and innovative approach to IE University’s first and largest school.

Prior to his career in academia at IE University and the University of Michigan, Lee spent over a decade as a founder and senior manager in two technology startups in New York City and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Chicago, serving clients in the area of organizational performance and operations reengineering. Lee has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

IE SCHOOL OF POLITICS, ECONOMICS & GLOBAL AFFAIRS

IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs equips professionals to understand com-plex global affairs, manage organizations, and occupy leading positions in international entities in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The school is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the field of international relations, whose members include Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Sciences Po.

THE DEAN: MANUEL MUÑIZ

In addition to teaching, conducting research, and serving as Provost at IE University, Manuel Muñiz is the Dean of IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs. He is also Head of the IE Arts & Humanities Division and founder of the IE Centre for the Governance of Change.

Manuel has a wide range of experience in academia, having worked as a lecturer at Tufts University, a teaching fellow at the University of Oxford, and a research fellow at Sciences Po Paris. His areas of specialization include innovation and disruption, political economy, and regional and global governance. He has a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from Oxford.

IE LAW SCHOOL

IE Law School is recognized around the world for the high standards of the lawyers and legal consultants it trains, all with an international profile. IE Law School offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the fields of corporate and tax law, dual master’s degrees in the field of law, an LL.M. in International Business Law, and an Executive LL.M. in collaboration with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, in addition to executive education programs.

THE DEAN: SOLEDAD ATIENZA

Soledad Atienza is the dean of IE Law School and has extensive academic experience and a global vision of legal education. Prior to this role, she practiced law at the leading Spanish law firm Pérez-Llorca for five years.

Soledad earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from IE University and is currently a law professor. Her expertise includes the areas of comparative law and legal teaching methods. She has an Executive MBA degree from IE Business School and a Certificate in European Studies from the European Institute of the University of Saarland in Germany. She was a visiting student at Cornell University in New York and holds a law degree from the CEU San Pablo University in Spain.

IE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IE School of Science & Technology, the major SciTech Hub in Europe, sets a new standard in STEM education and will shape a new profile of multidisciplinary, impact-driven, technology leaders who are connected to the corporate world. The school bridges the gap between STEM research, tech companies, and entrepreneurs in the field of science and technology with innovative hands-on learning, high-impact research, and a practical multidisciplinary methodology.

THE DEAN: IKHLAQ SIDHU

Ikhlaq Sidhu is an academic, technology expert, entrepreneur, author, and advisor. His areas of research include technology management, communication networking, industrial engineering, data science, and technology commercialization, with a particular interest in innovation engineering. He is also the author of the book Innovation Engineering and the creator of the popular Data-X course at UC Berkeley.

Prior to joining IE University, Ikhlaq was the Founding Faculty Director and Chief Scientist of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California (Berkeley), and also founded the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at the same institution. He holds both a Master’s and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

IE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

IE School of Architecture & Design places a special focus on excellence in design and innovation, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit. We motivate our students to take a creative approach to architecture, to learn the latest digital techniques, and to develop their talent to become leaders in a field that is constantly subject to processes of change. The school stands out for training well-rounded professionals with complementary knowledge of business and the humanities.

THE DEAN: DAVID GOODMAN

David Goodman is Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, Director of the Bachelor in Architectural Studies and the Master in Architecture, and Professor of Architecture at IE University. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and of Cornell University, he also holds a PhD in Business Studies from IE University. His current research deals with innovations in architecture practice and production during times of socioeconomic turbulence.

David is co-author of the book An Introduction to Architecture Theory: 1968 to the Present, and his work has also appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, Technology |

Architecture + Design, A+T, Log, and in the anthology Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives.

IE Shool of Humanities

The IE School of Humanities tackles the challenges arising from humanity's interaction with technology by implementing sustainable initiatives for a brighter future. The school empowers students to delve into our past, thereby deepening their comprehension of contemporary complexities and fostering a proactive outlook on overcoming challenges in the post-digital era. Our programs blend timeless wisdom with a forward-thinking humanities perspective to guide decisions that will influence the future world.

THE HEAD: MANUEL MUÑIZ

Besides his roles as Provost at IE University and a professor, Manuel Muñiz serves as the Head of IE School of Humanities and is the founder of the IE Centre for the Governance of Change. With extensive academic experience, he has served as a lecturer at Tufts University, a teaching fellow at the University of Oxford, and a research fellow at Sciences Po Paris. His expertise lies in innovation, disruption, political economy, and regional and global governance, backed by a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from Oxford.

OUR Programs

IE University offers customizable and innovative programs that prepare you for the latest market trends. We have programs at distinct levels that respond to your needs at different points in your career and learning journey: undergraduate, graduate, lifelong learning, and corporate learning.

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