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IE University Student Talk – Daniel

Written on April 22, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Daniel is studying his BBA Degree at IE University. He holds a passport from Guatemala and this is only one of the 80 different passports you can find at the university. See what he has to tell about entrepreneurial mindset of  his classmates, the way of learning in the classroom and the life “off classroom”.

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Four bachelor students of IE University were the only undergraduate students competing against experts with MBAs, PhDs and Master’s degrees.

An IE University Team comprising students Stefan Wolf Staertzel, Victor Berthon, Pablo Otero and Carlos Beltrán, won a spot among the top 4 in the regional finals of the prestigious Hult Prize, the planet’s largest student competition in the field of social entrepreneurship, with a million dollar prize. IE students were the only graduates competing against more experienced candidates with PhDs, MBAs and a range of master’s degrees. They were also the only students under 22 in a final round in which the average age was 30 years old.

The Hult Prize, which received a record number of more than 10,000 first-round applicants, was created by Hult and Clinton Global Initiative to boost the development of social start-ups in the healthcare industry. This year entrants were required to focus on “Non-communicable Disease in the Urban Slum”, and more than 250 teams competed against each other in six regional finals in the cities of Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.

The members of the IE University Team were from France, Germany, Venezuela and Spain, and aged 20 and under. The four students met in the Bachelor in Business Administration program at the Madrid-based university and presented their project for the Dubai Final.

They won the first two rounds with “Cuidado Verde”, a project aimed at helping the 92% of slum-dwellers in Peru who do not receive a timely diagnosis for chronic diseases. In order to do this the team came up with a simple but innovative idea: a business that recycles the uncollected trash generated by the area to fund a free full annual check-up for its inhabitants.

“I think the Hult Prize was one of my greatest achievements so far in my life!” says Victor Berthon, team captain. “Being the youngest and the only team comprised of undergraduate students it was already a huge achievement to get to the finals, but ending up in the top 4 exceeded our expectations and showed that no matter how small we are, we can create an impact.”

Photography Credit: Marko Zirdum / Hult Prize


IE Edutainment: Entrepreneurs’ top tips

Written on September 13, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News, IE University

Entrepreneurs Martin Varsavsky (founder and CEO, FON) and Bernhard Niesner (co-founder and CEO, met with second-year BBA student Carolina, to discuss success, failure and the right time to be an entrepreneur.

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Undergraduate student mobility on the rise

Written on September 7, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

240 university counselors in 33 countries took part in an IE University survey designed to pinpoint the interests and preferences of the upcoming generation of university students with regard to study abroad and most popular degree programs.

International mobility has risen fast among young university students worldwide in recent years. This is one of the main findings of a study carried out last month by IE University, in which 240 counselors at international schools in 33 countries around the world took part. The aim of the report was to reveal the interests and preferences of the upcoming generation of university students in aspects like study abroad and preferred degree programs. The survey was linked to the IE University Junior Advisory Board Meeting held this past week at IE’s Madrid and Segovia Campuses, in which 15 students from 13 countries, aged from 16 to 18, met to talk to IE University about how they see their future in higher education.

With regard to study abroad, 70% of participating counselors have seen an increase in international mobility among students in recent years. There are variations in this trend depending on the world region. In India, for example, some 73% of counselors believe that more than 50% of their students will go abroad to study, while in the US, 71% of counselors thought that less than 20% of their students would leave the US to study. Overall, 47% percent of counselors stated that over half of their students were now considering studying their university degree abroad, which reflects the level of globalization in the labor market, the mutual recognition of titles among countries in the European Higher Education Space, and the international redistribution of employment as a result of growing and emerging economies. “Now, more than ever before, we are seeing an interesting flow of talent among host countries,” says Antonio de Castro.  Dean of Undergraduate Studies at IE University and coordinator of the survey. “Just like in the business world, students are considering the best options to link their university studies to their career expectations.” Read more…


Tyba wins TNW Startup Rally

Written on June 13, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

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Tyba, a project from IE University BBA program, wins the Public Vote Award of this year The Next Web Europe Conference.

Tyba, created by Eiso Kant (22), Jorge Schnura (22) and Philip Von Have (24), all final-year students of IE University’s Bachelor in Business Administration, is an online recruitment tool that permits students and recent graduates to showcase all their professional potential. Young people have been under-represented in the online talent recruitment revolution. Large firms receive hundreds of applications for every job they offer with CVs that are so similar that it is impossible to do an initial screening, and SMEs do not have enough clout to attract the attention of young candidates, and end up spending a great deal of time and money on the search for talent.

Tyba provides a platform where companies can search for, screen, organize and follow up on potential candidates, making it easy to gain fast access to candidates with innovative profiles. Candidates not only provide a description of their professional and academic achievements, but also present intangibles such as personality traits and what they can contribute to the firm, all key factors when it comes to recruiting young people.

Tyba opened its offices in September of 2011 and now has a team comprising 12 people of nine different nationalities. It has obtained €240,000 in funding to date and is currently in the process of raising further funds with a view to expanding to new markets.


IE University´s BBA ranked 8 worldwide

Written on March 29, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

IE University holds the No. 6 position in Europe and No. 29 worldwide in the ranking of universities drawn up by Youth Incorporated and the education supplement of Times of India, “Education Times”, which has one of largest circulations on the planet.

IE University has climbed 8 positions since the previous ranking, to become a leading university both in Europe and worldwide. Youth Incorporated sees IE University as 8th in the world in terms of university business programs, and tenth in terms of campus facilities. It also places IE University in seventh position worldwide for innovation in teaching, three places higher than last year’s ranking.

IE University and Pompeu Fabra University, which holds the No. 94 position, are the only two Spanish universities that made the ranking. The ranking is based on a survey carried out in over one thousand centers of education in fifty countries. Participants comprise students, recruiters and professors, who evaluate the key factors in university education like program content, employability and job opportunities after graduation, levels of diversity among student body and faculty, innovation, international exchanges, student satisfaction, campus facilities and financial aid. One of the main features of the ranking is that it contrasts the opinion of universities and their students with that of leading international recruiters who intend to recruit from them in the future.

“It gives us great satisfaction to know that recruiters worldwide recognize our international profile, and that they also value our commitment to education in the field of management and the employability of our students,” says Isabel Sánchez, Adjunct Vice Rector and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Business Administration at IE University.

The first three places in the ranking are held by US universities Harvard, Stanford and Pennsylvania. IE University holds the No. 29 position worldwide with a score of 94.9 out of 100, making it the top-ranked university in Spain and sixth in Europe.

IE University’s position in the Youth Incorporated ranking is the latest in a series of achievements in terms of recognition by international media, including the latest higher education ranking carried out by International Herald Tribune, which places the IE University in No. 43 worldwide in terms of employability of its students.

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IE University || Let the students talk…

Written on March 14, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Follow this brief introduction to the BBA from IE University by two current students of that degree.


IE University || Study your BBA entirely in Madrid

Written on January 26, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The Bachelor in Business Administration will comprise two sections run in Madrid and Segovia as from the 2012-2013 academic year.

IE University’s Bachelor in Business Administration will have a section based in Madrid for the coming 2012-2013 academic year in addition to that of Segovia. The Madrid-based option is the latest addition to IE University’s business administration programs, which to date have been run exclusively at the University’s Segovia campus. Both sections will offer a degree program with a markedly international slant and a special focus on entrepreneurship, with the same faculty, program content, and extracurricular activities.

The launch of this new section marks a new development phase for IE University designed to offer new options to students. IE University students can now opt for the Madrid-based campus situated in the city’s financial district, or the historic Segovia campus housed in the Santa Cruz la Real convent built in the 12thcentury, with 1,100 students from 75 countries.

The Bachelor in Business Administration, recently accredited by international management education accrediting agency AACSB, will be run in both English and Spanish in both Madrid and Segovia. It is an officially recognized degree program with 200 students from 52 countries who receive a solid education oriented to doing business in a global arena.

The differentiating feature of the program is that it combines management education with a solid grounding in humanistic values in an international environment. Students undertake highly diverse activities such as the Social Impact Project internship program, whereby they work with NGOs and Spanish and international institutions on innovative projects focused on social development in different areas of the world.

“IE University’s commitment to a dual campus will benefit future students by providing broader educational options,” said Salvador Carmona, Rector of IE University.


IE University || A coffee chat with Tarun

Written on January 20, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The other day we met with Tarun to talk about his first impressions on his new life at IE University. He started the BBA program in September 2011 and met with classmates from over 70 different countries. Tarun graduated with his IB Diploma from the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore.

What attracted you to come to IE University?
I have always wanted to study business or economics for my career and was on the lookout for exceptional universities in this area. IE University’s exceptional and innovative style of education was what drew me so strongly towards it. Its methodology and emphasis on practical knowledge through experience sets it apart from the other universities.

Tell us a little about your first impressions after your first semester studying the BBA and about the diversity on campus.
At first, I was under the impression that if I didn’t brush up my Spanish skills, I would find it difficult to adjust here. However, my experience here proved otherwise, especially due to the warm and friendly nature of the students here. Due to the extreme diversity, I have had first hand experience with people from all walks of life and have managed to build relationships regardless of borders and regions. If globalization is the ultimate goal of the world, IE University is probably Utopia already.

What is the thing you find most exciting about life at IE University so far, any difference with your country?
The most exciting difference is the abundance of opportunity that IE provides. While people would support freedom to pursue my own dreams in any part of the world, IE takes it a step further with the inclusion of the advisor, who does whatever they can to help you achieve what you want, and give direction and shape to your dreams. At IE, one can aspire to be anything, and the university will do its best, on its part, to help achieve that dream.


IE University || Student Talk: Eric

Written on October 19, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Meet Eric, IE University student of the Dual Degree BBA + Bachelor of Laws and listen to what he’s got to say about his experience so far.

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