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IE Brown Executive MBA becomes joint degree

Written on May 29, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School and Brown University announce a joint degree through the IE Brown Executive MBA. Students who enter the program in 2015 will be the first to earn the joint degree from these internationally top-ranked institutions.

The world-class IE Brown EMBA leverages the strengths of both schools. Launched in 2011 as a degree program at IE enriched by a partnership with Brown, the new joint degree program will expand the collaboration of the schools, deliver a well integrated curriculum, and inspire business leaders to build their competitive edge. With the joint degree, IE and Brown expand the global reach and impact of the IE Brown EMBA.

The IE Brown EMBA prepares reflective leaders by integrating management science with the humanities and social sciences, and by building their capacity for entrepreneurial action. This highly competitive program maximizes the advantages of the knowledge, pedagogies, and faculty from IE Business School and Brown University, and includes applied, experiential learning. Designed for executives who seek a unique perspective on management education, the IE Brown EMBA builds participants’ understanding of the cultural, social, and historical context, all critical for business success.

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Meet the IE Brown EMBA Class of 2015

Written on March 20, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The 4th intake of the IE Brown EMBA, Class of 2015, just got together for the first last week. Check out the fantastic diversity, entrepreneurial experience and international exposure!!



No easy feat, but it’s done!

Written on June 18, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

When the IE Brown Executive MBA March 2012 intake began we interviewed a few of the participants to understand why they chose the program and what they expected to get out of the experience.  Gregorie Perez, Executive Director at Gifts and Graces in Manila, was one of the participants we interviewed (see the original interview here).  Fifteen months later Joël McConnell, IE’s Director of International Development for Asia Pacific, caught up with Gregorie in Madrid to see how the program went.


JM: Gregorie, first of all congratulations for your graduation! What have been your personal highlights of the program?

GP: Overall, I’m more than satisfied with the program and I’m really proud and happy at having completed this big step in my professional career.  For me, the best parts of the program were primarily:

1)      The friendships I have developed with classmates, as it really was an honor to have been part of such a diverse cohort

2)      Madrid (which is a wonderful city in October, but is even better in June!)

3)      Having been part of such an innovative program that really does allow students to gain a broader perspective, better their critical thinking skills, and also acquire hard business skills too.

At the same time, I have to be frank that the program wasn’t easy!  The final exam presented a big challenge, especially as the case assigned was only provided 30 days before graduation. Concretely, the final exam focused on a PPP project between the Brazilian government and GSK, specifically surrounding the dengue epidemic. While we had to use the case to showcase everything we learned during the program, we had to present our recommended course of action as if we were GSK employees, no easy feat!


JM: That sounds like an exciting finale of the program! What would be your top recommendations for potential candidates applying to an MBA at IE?

  GP: Be yourself, especially during the admissions interview.  The admissions process at IE is very interactive, and it is as much about the school choosing you as it is about you choosing IE.  Being yourself will help both sides gauge whether you’re a good fit for the program at IE.  When completing the application form, use the essay components to differentiate yourself.

If you are admitted to the program, keep in mind IE handpicks its program participants and if you were chosen, there is some special value you bring as a student on the course.  So, be generous once you’re in and share your expertise and knowledge with your peers.  Being overly competitive can be counterproductive in innovative programs like the IE Brown Executive MBA, the idea is to learn from the program and your (very experienced) peers.  The master degree is not just about getting an education, it’s about a “whole” experience – something you’re more likely to get at a top European school.  But keep in mind also that by doing the IE Brown Executive MBA, you get the benefit of being an alumnus of both a top European school and a top US school.


JM: Now being alumni with a lot of sudden free time, what are your next plans?

GR: Well, I’m off to see the best of Spain, France and Italy.  When I return to the Philippines, I will dedicate myself primarily to developing a design lab at Gifts and Graces. I expect to apply my knowledge from the MBA with regards to creating and managing the lab, and I will use crowd-sourced funding to fund this project.  In fact, if someone is interested in learning more about the lab and how to participate in the funding process, they can see here for more information.

My passion and mission is to make a real difference in my local community.


Creating an impact in society: IE Brown Executive MBA

Written on March 3, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Meet Peggy, student of the IE Brown Executive MBA, and listen to what she has to say about the program, the professors and her classmates. Peggy is currently Deputy General Manager of Zenith Bank PLC in Nigeria.

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Critical Perspectives on Management - CourseraIE Business School has signed an agreement with Coursera, the leading international platform for free online courses known as MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses).

Thus IE Business School has joined 61 other prestigious international institutions involved in the Coursera initiative, including Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Berklee College of Music and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

IE’s contributions will include a course led by IE Business School economist Gayle Allard headed Understanding Economic Policymaking, which will examine governments´ roles in influencing macroeconomic factors. Rolf Strom Olsen, professor of humanities at IE Business School, will teach a course on Critical Perspectives on Management, centered on different approaches to analysis and decisionmaking in the field of business management.

Santiago Íñiguez, Dean of IE Business School explained that the two organizations were able to reach the agreement very quickly. “Both our organizations are dynamic and innovative to the point of positive disruption, as well as sharing a belief in social commitment. IE’s experience in online education provides synergies with Coursera and its MOOCs, which are bringing about the irreversible transformation of higher education.”


Liberal Arts meets Management: student views

Written on December 7, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Learn what Greg, current student from the IE Brown Executive MBA, and Mary, graduate from this program, have to tell about their experiences and take-outs of this journey.

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IE Business School ranked no. 1 in Europe: FT

Written on December 3, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School holds the No. 1 position in the 2012 Financial Times ranking of European business schools. 

The FT’s annual survey of business schools in Europe is based on results obtained by leading European schools in the rankings drawn up by FT throughout the year of MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management and Executive Education programs.  This latest result further consolidates IE’s position as one of the world’s top business schools.

In order to prepare its rankings Financial Times employs criteria that include the career and salary progression of business school graduates, the international slant of programs, the percentage of international students and faculty, and the fulfillment of expectations of students and client firms


How to use your lunch break effectively: IE Lunch & Learn

Written on October 22, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

There are many ways to use your lunch break. Forbes recently published a list about it and I would like to benchmark it with the upcoming IE lunch events:

1. Make a plan – definitely!
2. Take a real break – yes!
3. Get up from your desk or work space – no doubt about it
4. Eat – food provided!
5. Enjoy your food – how do you best enjoy your food? In company…
6. Do what you can’t do in the morning or evening – you have to be at the office at a certain time, but don’t know when to leave. So, lunch is your only ‘secure’ time for off-office activities
7. Use the time to connect with someone new – promised!
8. Catch up with old friends – you can bring your friends!
9. Engage in activities that will help you re-energize – we will show you something that will motivate you for a long time
10. Network – up to you…
11. Don’t get stuck in a routine – sure you won’t
12.  Avoid all screens – re-edit: avoid almost all screens
13. Don’t take too long or too short of a break – one hour is just right

So, as long as you’re interested and keen to further your career you have 13 reasons to join our upcoming IE Lunch & Learn events. All events are held at The Executive Centre, Ocean Financial Centre (Level 40), Raffles Place in Singapore from 12noon to 1pm.

Global MBA+ / Executive MBA+
October 23, 2012

Global Executive MBA / IE Brown Executive MBA
October 31, 2012

Masters in Finance
November 6, 2012

Hope to see you there!


Is it that what you expect from an EMBA?

Written on December 17, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

How are Bricolage and an EMBA connected? How does the art of generating value by adapting the resources at hand helps you to be a better manager? Find out through the video from the Creativity and Innovation Workshop of the IE Brown Executive MBA.


What is the value of a piece of paper?

Written on December 16, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

… curious? Explore what the IE Brown Executive MBA students experience in their Innovation and Creativity Workshop during the program.

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