Enjoy a successful and healthy 2014!

Written on January 3, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE wishes a Happy New Year!


Week Zero – it starts all here!

Written on December 30, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Starting university is a big step but it does not need to be a hurdle… see how smoothly you will start in your university life at IE University’s Week Zero!

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Studying on the go… IE Campus apps

Written on December 23, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Missing any important session during your Master is no longer an excuse. Get your grades when you’re chilling out in the outskirts of Madrid. Forgot the case you have to prepare over the weekend? No issue with the new IE Campus app… everything is in the palm of your hand allowing you studying non-stop!

Sorry, it’s only for IE Students! You can apply here!

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All positive in positive leadership?

Written on December 17, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

One of the most recent programs launched by IE is the Executive Master in Positive Leadership & Strategy. Students from the first intake talk about their impressions and their learning outcome… stay positive!YouTube Preview Image

For more information on the program, plesae visit www.ie.edu/exmpls.



Young Talented Leaders Scholarship

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

Sin título-2Can you imagine to start your university career overseas but hesitated because of the cost involved? Now you can continue dreaming with a 4 years scholarship covering all of your expenses and providing you with annual internships. To good to be true… well, here it is:

AJE, the producer of BIG COLA, and the IE Foundation recently launched the Young Talent Leader Scholarship. It is aimed at Indonesian and Thai high school students with IB Diploma or A’Levels. It covers 100% tuition fees plus living expenses and housing.

Why wait? Apply for your Bachelor Degree and for the YTL Scholarship here!

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

Get all the details here!


3 start-up benefits that go beyond monetary compensation

Written on December 10, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Gessica Lomonte, MIM Graduate

The following post was composed by one of our MIM Alumni, Gessica Lomonte. You can check out how her start-up is doing, here.

When you are starting a new company finding awesome team members can be one of your biggest challenges. Your salary is likely to be much lower than the market rate; your boss could be younger than you are and you’ll probably become tired of listening to sentences like “We are running out on cash”. It is going to be hard, but living with these kinds of fears will really make an impact on you. Maybe you might not ever gain much in terms of monetary compensation, but on a personal level rewards are priceless. Here are three benefits you will have:

First-hand Experience

Maybe working for a huge multinational company would give you greater security, but on the other hand, it would also entail more corporate ladders and less responsibility. In a start-up everyone is expected to contribute right from the beginning, to actually make decisions and all in an environment with almost no hierarchy, which means you will manage and learn multiple parts of the business at the same time and a faster pace.

The Chance to make a visible Impact

Problems are catalysts for start-ups. Companies are created with the aim of finding solutions for everyday problems, or for making our lives easier. By working in a start-up and given that teams tend to be rather small, you will be able to contribute and be part of that solution through your ideas and your work.

Attitude and Environment

As Steve Jobs said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. But most importantly, whether you love your job or not will depend on the people that surround you. Start-up teams are usually made of young and ambitious individuals, and chances are they are also a bit crazy, or at least that is what the rest of the world thinks of them, just because they believe in the unbelievable – and that positive attitude towards the future will shape your personality.

Maybe your salary will be lower, maybe you will have to bring your own laptop to work, and maybe you won’t have monetary benefits; but you will build great friendships and most importantly you will see the outcome of your actions and you will be seen as a person, not a mere number in the annual balance sheet equation.

First published on the Master in Management Blog.


IE Entrepreneurs: MBA inspired jewelry

Written on October 1, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Doing an MBA at IE and living in Madrid for a year and half is a life changing experience. I have met the most amazing people and made friends all over the world. Madrid is a wonderful city to live in and has plenty to offer, which can sometimes be a challenge to staying focused on school while living there.  When it comes to MBA itself, at first I was very frustrated thinking I was not receiving the knowledge I expected, but it wasn’t until the end of the core period that I realized how much I had changed and the amount I had actually learnt.  It is so that I have gained many skills that I can now apply to my new business.

When I first joined IE, I wanted a career in investment banking or consulting, but during my stay at IE, I realized that I would be mislabelled if I joined any of these fields. I realized that I would only be happy while helping other people and that, if I wanted to help people, I needed a sustainable business model. With the help of friends and a lot of research, I concluded that handcrafted jewelry would be a good line to start with. Finally in March 2013 Fairose was born, with 5 product offerings, which we plan to expand soon. Fairose will devote 25 percent of its profits to help the community and save certain handcrafts from being extent. For the coming 2 or 3 years we will focus on producing jewelry but after we hope to start producing apparel. We also hope we can replicate our model in different countries to help as many people as we can.

By Hany Abdel Shahied (IMBA 2011), first published on the International MBA Blog.


TYBA, winner of Venture Day Madrid 2013

Written on September 24, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

BBA Students Eiso Kant and Jorge Schnura talking about their company TYBA and their IE Venture Day win. They explain how the company was created and how it feels to be the first undergraduate team from IE University to win first place at IE Venture Day.

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Celebrating Diversity: IE Global Village

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

IE Business School held Global Village 2013 in June this year. Five hundred students and alumni from over 80 countries took part in the multicultural event, which served to showcase the best of their countries’ cuisine, art and traditions.

There were stands from 25 countries in this ninth edition of Global Village, providing information on tourism and cultural heritage. The event also featured gastronomic exhibitions and music and dance from the different countries, including capoeira, belly-dancing, tango, typical dances from India and Mexican rancheras.

The funds raised by the sale of tickets for the event will be used to fund the IE Social Responsibility Forum 2013, an international workshop that serves as a platform where experts from around the world examine the corporate strategy challenges in the field of social responsibility, and which is set to take place on November 22 and 23 in Madrid.

Giedre Pavalkyte, Campus Life Manager at IE Business School explained that Global Village is unique to IE Business School. “It is aimed at celebrating the cultural diversity of our students and showing the rich tapestry of countries on our campus. Global Village permits students to get to know each others’ countries by showing the best of their home countries, their traditions, their music and dance, their gastronomy and folklore, thereby enriching their academic experience.”

The Global Village event is organized by IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter. Net Impact serves as an international platform comprised of 40,000 students and professionals in over 300 chapters around the world who use best business management practices to change the world, promoting initiatives in fields that include CSR, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship and responsible investment. IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter has just achieved gold standing within the Net Impact network, the highest distinction awarded to the chapters that form part of the organization, for work undertaken in the 2011-2012 academic year.

“We are delighted to receive this distinction in recognition of the hard work and dedication of IE Business School’s Net Impact Chapter, as well as the commitment of the entire IE community to the idea that we can change the world through sound business management,” said Tanya Shariff, former President of IE Business School’s Net Impact chapter.


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, busuu.com) met with second-year BBA student Carolina, to discuss success, failure and the right time to be an entrepreneur.

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