IE presents its Master in International Relations

Written on October 9, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

opening-ceremony-ie-master-in-international-relations.jpgIE today presented its new Master in International Relations, run by the IE School of Arts and Humanities, and focused on professionals set to map a career path in the field of international relations in both the business and institutional worlds.The inauguration of the program included an address by Ana Palacio, former Spanish Minister Foreign Affairs, on ‘Energy: A Global Challenge’, together with contributions from Arantza de Areilza, Dean of the IE School of Arts and Humanities and Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Master in International Relations.

The IE Master in International Relations is run onsite at IE’s Madrid campus, and includes a week of fieldwork in Brussels to equip students with a privileged insight into key EU institutions. It runs for 10 months, is taught 100% in English and is aimed at graduates from disciplines that include Political Sciences, Sociology, Law, Economics, Business Sciences, Communication, Languages and Literature. The program includes sessions on managing multinationals, international financial markets, negotiation in the EU, challenges in Latin American democracies, global terrorism, approaching contemporary China, and new players on the strategic map: China and India.

The program’s student body has a markedly international profile, with participants from Spain, Mexico, US, Russia, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Lebanon. The program faculty comprises professors like Riordan Roett, international analyst and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University (Washington, US); José María de Areilza, Director of the Jean Monnet Chair at IE and Dean of IE Law School; Fernando Reinares, expert in international terrorism and senior lecturer in political science at Rey Juan Carlos University; and José Ramón Montero, senior lecturer in political science at Madrid’s Autónoma University.

Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Program, sees it as a natural progression of the process that has made IE Business School an international school with 35,000 alumni working in five continents. “A global institution like IE needs a program dedicated entirely to teaching and research in the field of international relations. That is the vocation of this new master program, which shares IE’s commitment to academic excellence and a student-centric learning process based on interactive experience.”


Written on October 8, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

IE Business Schoolâ??s 8th International Careers FairOver 150 Spanish and international companies will be participating in the 8th edition of the IE Business School Careers Fair to recruit executive talent for their organizations.

The fair will serve as a platform for recruiting companies to give presentations on their strategic development at the IE campus, and to hold interviews with 800 students and alumni of IE Business School programs. The number of participating companies is 48% higher than the previous year, having risen from 105 to 155 companies, which further consolidates the IEâ??s Career Fair Week as a leading recruitment event in Spain.

The overriding objective of the Careers Fair is to serve as an interface between recruiting companies and the students and alumni of IE Business Schoolâ??s MBA, Executive MBA and specialized master programs. Participating companies have an international profile that requires top-level managers for their organizations to meet the demands of expansion and diversification. This yearâ??s participating companies include Accenture, Amadeus, Arthur D. Little, Avon, BBVA, Barclays,  Santander, BT, Beiersdorf, Carrefour, Cemex, Deloitte, Dell Computer, GE, IBM, Ikea, , Hilti, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Lâ??Oreal, LVMH, Mercer, Microsoft, Oracle, Philips, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Roland Berger, Schering Plough, Telefónica, Vodafone, Wrigley’s.

The last day of the fair is dedicated to the field of law and tax, and this year over 30 law firms will be presenting their organizations and holding interviews with students from IE Law Schoolâ??s Master in Legal Practice, Master in Tax Law and Master in Law in International Legal Practice. Law firms at this yearâ??s Careers Fair include Allen & Overy, Cuatrecasas, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Garrigues, Latham & Watkins and Uría & Menéndez.

Some 85% of the students and alumni that attended the last edition of the IE Business School Careers Fair were interviewed by participating firms, and 65% were hired as a result. The fair enables students and alumni to gain a privileged insight into the key strategic developments of the participating firms on both a national and international level, and of their hiring policies and job opportunities. Rosalía Rodriguez, Associate Director of Careers Management at IE Business School feels that now, more than ever before, firms are acutely aware that hiring talent is the best way to tackle an economic crisis. â??Talent is a scant resource and there is a great deal of competition in the market. Firms are seeking new formulae in their search for talent, like our Careers Fair, where they have direct access to top-tier managers. This is why we have seen a 48% increase in the number of participating companies this year with regard to last yearâ??s edition, rising from 105 to over 150 firmsâ?.


Africa – a new focus of international interest

Written on October 3, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

Africa - a new focus of international interestIE University and consulting firm Gavin Anderson & Company presented on October 1 the findings of a survey on embassy networks in 18 countries. The information presented in the report was based on bilateral agreements among participating countries and between said countries and the rest of the international community, complete with export figures.

The study, which was coordinated by Professor Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo of IE Business School and academic director of the Master in International Relations, covered the G8 countries (Germany, France, UK, Italy, US, Canada, Japan and Russia) and the countries that comprise the BRIC group formed in 2001 (Brazil, Russia, India and China), along with Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Venezuela.

Spain has diplomatic presence in 84% of the countries (192 in total) included in the report through numerous embassies or accreditations, the same level as China and lower than that of countries like Germany, France, Italy, US, Canada, Japan and Argentina. The countries with which Spain enjoys the greatest trade relations are Germany, France and Italy.

The study has also revealed that the greatest changes in the last two years in terms of diplomatic representation have taken place in Africa, due to the interest in the natural resources of the African continent.  Trade between Africa and China has risen from 18.5 billion dollars in 2003 to 73 billion in 2007. China is Africaâ??s second biggest trade partner, after the US. 85% of African exports to China are from five oil-producing countries (Angola, Ecuatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Congo and Sudan) but it also imports other African raw materials like copper, wood and diamonds.

Brazilâ??s foreign policy has placed numerous diplomatic tools in Africa to serve its interest. According to the report, between 2003 and 2007, Brazil opened 12 new embassies in Africa, and Brazilian exports to African countries rose from 2.5 billion dollars in 2003 to 7.5 billion in 2006.

Turkey, Korea and Venezuela have also shown their interest in building on their diplomatic network in Africa.  This has led to an increase in trade between Turkey and Africa. Turkeyâ??s volume of business grew from 5 billion dollars in 2003 to 12 billion in 2007.  Meanwhile Korea has already announced that it is to open embassies in the Congo and Cameroon as part of a plan to expand cooperation in the field of natural resource development, and Venezuela has expressed its intention to establish embassies in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and the Congo.

The growing democratization of the international community led to the disappearance of the distinction between embassy and legation, which used to be based on the importance of the country in question. However, the Commonwealth countries (an association of 53 independent states headed by the Queen of England) still call the offices they have in other commonwealth countries â??High Commissionâ? as shown on the maps and tables that form part of the report.

Multiple accreditation is the term used to describe numerous diplomatic offices that represent the state not only in the country in which they are located but also in other, often neighboring, states.  The phenomenon of multiple accreditation is also covered by the report, as are cases in which two countries do not maintain any type of diplomatic relations.


IE Master in Finance – against the turbulence?

Written on October 2, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

master-in-finance-opening-ceremony-2008.jpgJust some days ago IE Business School inaugurated its Master in Finance the first 100% Finance focused program. This program is along with the Master in Advanced Finance the continuation of the Master in Financial Management.  Even though the financial industry is not experiencing its best moment and every minute there can be a new money devalueing news on the ticker, 35 students decided to dedicate the next 10 months to immerse into the academic world of finance.

Over this period they will learn about key areas in today’s finance including derivatives, mergers and acquisitions
or private equity and covers up-to-the-minute fields that now play a critical role in the finance world, such risk control as emerging markets, current global economic issues, financial entrepreneurship and how to invest in markets.

That Finance is not anymore a male domain demonstrates the high percentage of women in this intake with nearly 1/3 of the entire class. The globalization of the world economy and its financial system makes that there is a wide spread of nationalities – 25 – with no dominant culture in class. Asia is represented with roughly 15% of the class and shows the increasing importance of this region in the financial industry.

Just only 11% of the class brings previous industry experience into the classroom where the work experience is around the targeted 1 year. Once they finish the program in July 2009, will start as analyst in the investment banking, private equity or hedge funds in those companies which has survived the current crisis.

If you wish to learn more about the Master in Finance or the Master in Advanced Finance just click the corresponding link.


IE Business School holds the No. 10 position worldwide and No. 5 in Europe in the annual ranking of MBA programs published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The EIU ranking positions IE Business School 6th in the world in terms of network potential and points out that IE has alumni clubs in 49 countries. The survey also places IE 7th in the world in terms of its capacity to open new career development opportunities for its MBA students. In this regard, on October 6 IE will hold its 7th annual Careers Fair, with over 150 participating Spanish and international companies. The Fair will feature corporate presentations and interviews with some 800 IE students and alumni, making it a key event in the sector.

Some 20,000 students and alumni from around the world have participated in the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking , which is based on criteria that includes access to new career opportunities following the MBA, personal development, academic quality, the diversity of the student body, the degree of internationalisation of the MBA program, salary progression or the importance placed on networking.

MBA programs at IE Business School develop not only management knowledge, but also key skills like communication, negotiation, teamwork and project leadership. This integral focus, together with the high level of internationalisation of IE programs and its profoundly innovative and entrepreneurial approach, serves as a catalyst for the professional advancement of the Schoolâ??s 35,000 alumni, who hold management positions in over 100 countries.


IE comes to Manila – October 6, 2008

Written on September 25, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

IE will be in Manila on October 6 for the IE Insight Session from 19:00 onwards.

Learn about what one of Europe’s leading business schools has to offer and why studying in Madrid can be such an exciting and life changing experience.

For more information, just watch the following slide show.


Investment Trends

Written on September 24, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

1569.jpgSeptember 2008 | By Ignacio de la Torre, Professor of Finance and Academic Director of IE’s Master in Finance.

Except for the odd diehard, nobody is denying that we are facing a credit crisis that is affecting the mainstream economy. The question is: Where do we go from here?

In the city of Boston in the 1920s, an Italian immigrant, Roberto Ponzi, convinced hundreds of people that investing in Spanish and Italian stamps with guaranteed profitability levels was a better option than buying traditional products, such as bonds and shares, whose high prices had rendered them less profitable. Of course, the promised levels of profitability came from the revenue generated by those who were the last to buy the stamps, which is why the English term for this type of con trick is “Ponzi scheme”, which made Roberto eternally famous.

Does this sound familiar?

A scenario of economic expansion with controlled inflation, as took place in the 1920s or, more recently, since 2004, eventually leads to a heavy increase in the money supply. This leads to increases in the real prices of assets (fixed assets, stock exchanges, bonds), dampening their implicit profitability. Investors look for alternative products that can give them greater profitability, causing successive “bubbles” in said assets as they attract investments (in 2006, the JP Morgan index for emerging bonds offered profit levels that were only 1.3% higher than the North American bond). Paradoxically, as pointed out by the economist Hyman Minski in the 1970s, trust in the central bank´s success can involve a disproportionate expansion of credit, which, in turn, brings about greater falls in default (since the refinancing of the debt is easy in this kind of environment), giving rise to a vicious circle. The circle is blown to pieces when a significant event (such as the non-payment of the subprime mortgages) leads the market to reconsider its appetite for risk and this reconsideration brings about a fall in credit, which is quickly transferred to the real economy with the threat of a possible recession (which is where we are today). Read more…


IE Professors on the move

Written on September 23, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

Professors at IE are constantly on the move. Apart from participating in conferences about their fields of research they are conducting seminars or promote IE as a whole. As you see in a way of example, currently 3 of our professors are in 3 different continents:


Prof. Dr. Gildo Seisdedos at the Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners in Dalian, China Professor Gildo Seisdedos is to serve as Chair of the  workshop on â??Concepts and Policies against Urban Sprawlâ? at the congress. The forum acts as a platform for the exchange of urban development experiences from around the world. In addition to the International Society of City and Regional Planners, this yearâ??s congress will welcome for the first time the City Planning Society of China, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, the Chinese Society for Urban Studies, and the Ecological Society of China.


Prof. Dr. Rubén Henriquez to take part in a seminar in Mozambique.  The seminar will be held in Maputo on September 21 – 25. Henríquez will talk about the use of biotechnology as a tool for socio-economic development, sustainable development and the conservation of genetic resources. Ruben is  Academic Director of the Master in Biotechnology Management and at the same time CEO of the Madrid based Biotech company Apoteknos.


prof-daniel-soriano.jpgProf. Daniel Soriano to open DINERO (Colombia) entrepreneurship workshops in Bogota. Columbian magazine DINERO is organizing the most important Venture lab event in Colombia.


Business in times of Economic Uncertainty – IE Alumni Conference

Written on September 17, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Live IE


This is the theme of this year´s conference from IE’s Alumni Association which takes place on Friday, 21 November in Madrid. On this occasion, some of the world leaders will answer some of the questions that we all are asking: What is really happening? What does the immediate future hold? And: How does all this affect me?

Apart from a range of IE professors, some of the speakers are:

  • Jim O´Neill, Head of Global Economic Research, Goldman Sachs
  • José Manuel González Páramo, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
  • Antoni Brufau Niubó, Chairman, REPSOL YPF
  • Santiago Fernández Valbuena, CFO, Telefónica
  • Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Economic Chair of Columbia University

We look forward to yet another highly successful conference. At last yearâ??s Annual Conference I had the opportunity of meeting over 1,500 of you from over 30 different countries. This is yet another example of the strength of networking, which we have to develop still further on a day-to-day basis, because it brings guaranteed success.


10,000 Women: Goldman Sachs

Written on September 16, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

10000women.jpgIE Business School has signed a collaboration agreement with Goldman Sachs to act as academic partner in the â??10,000 Womenâ?? project, an initiative whereby universities and business schools from around the world will provide management education programs for 10,000 women in developing countries. IE Business School will be running a program for women entrepreneurs in Brazil, with the collaboration of professors from Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas de Sao Paulo, a partner school of the Sumaq Alliance.

The business schools that participate in this project will design and implement business management programs that run for between 5 weeks and 6 months, covering areas that include how to prepare a business plan, strategic planning, financial planning and marketing, all aimed at consolidating participantsâ?? business projects. The schools will also be preparing practical case studies of successful local businesses as well as launching programs for trainers, designed to improve the quality of business education in participating countries.

In addition to IE and FGV, other academic partners in the project include Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Thunderbird School and Wharton School in the US; London Business School, INSEAD, HEC Paris and Judge Business School in Europe; Zhejiang University, Tsinghua SEM and National Entrepreneurship Network in Asia; Fundação Dom Cabral in Latin America; and Camfed International Zambia, in Africa.

â??This project is aimed at advancing management education for women in developing countries and at helping to close the gender gap in business managementâ?, says Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School. Lloyd C. Blankfein, President and CEO of Goldman Sachs feels that â??One of the powerful ideas behind 10,000 Women is educational institutions, development organizations and the private sector coming together to help address a profound challenge â?? driving and sharing economic growthâ?.  Blankfein sees the initiative as a way to help 10,000 women â??realize their dreamsâ? and to bring business education to future generations of women directors and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

For more information on the 10,000 Women Project go to www.10000women.org.

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