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.


Rehabilitating Snow White

Written on September 15, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

1572.jpgIE Focus, September 2008 | By Celia de Anca, Professor of Diversity Management at IE Business School.

Our idea of a heroine has changed since the days when princesses waited in their towers to be rescued. Todayâ??s heroine is all action, a feminine version of a masculine hero. Therein lies the mistake.

The psychologist Carl Jung argued that by eliminating any element that wasnâ??t strictly rational, the western world transferred a series of stereotypes that were deep-rooted in our primitive collective conscious to our subconscious. Thus man´s relationship with nature, the supernatural or tribal functions became part of our subconscious world, resurfacing in the form of dreams, symbols or myths (1).

Enter the classic hero with a thousand and one faces, as described by Joseph Campbell. However, all heroes share certain features that changed very little since the existence of the subconscious was first acknowledged. Indiana Jones is perhaps one of our most widely known modern-day heroes and, like his forerunners, he demonstrates courage and determination in pursuing his ideals, even if those ideals are somewhat more tangible as a result of changing times.

The heroine, meanwhile, has undergone radical change. She is no longer the princess that waits impatiently to be rescued from her tower. She is an intrepid and independent adventurer who competes with the hero in terms of courage and strength. Although it must be said that it is still the hero who usually saves her from the cliff edge or from perishing in the fire. It seems that the 21st century heroine has become something of an imitation of the male hero, but perhaps a weaker version? Read more…


IE comes to Bangkok!

Written on September 11, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in Go for IE

IE will be in Bangkok on September 18, 2008 participating in The MBA Tour event which is celebrated in the JW Marriott, 4 Sukhumvit Road. Alternatively you may join also the upcoming IE Insight Session on October 7, 2008 from 19:00 onwards.

For more information, just watch the following slide show.


IE University reinvents Communication

Written on September 10, 2008 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

IE University - BA in CommunicationIE University has reinvented university education with its new degree communication, one of the international universityâ??s flagship programme for the academic year 2008-2009. The new degree runs in English and Spanish and will combine online and onsite training with internships whereby students can gain work experience in other countries and learn languages. The new degree programme comprises forwardlooking course content and comply with the requirements of the Bologna process, which is set to align the European university map by 2010. IE University will be competing with leading international universities, with a student body set to comprise 80% international students in two yearsâ?? time.

The degree in communication is a four-year programme run in English covering corporate, institutional and commercial communication, as well as the role of communication in the media advertising sectors. In the last year of the degree students will specialize in journalism, corporate communication or audiovisual communication. The faculty will comprise academic experts and practitioners from countries that include the U.K., U.S., Switzerland and Japan. They include Marc Smith, member of Microsoftâ??s Community Technologies Group in Palo Alto, CA.; Bernardo Hernández, Worldwide Director of Geomarketing, from Google; Francis Pisani, journalist for media agents like Le Monde, El País and La Reforma; Monroe Price from the University of Pennsylvania; Colin Sparks from the University of Westminster; Adrian Monck from City University of London; Benjamin Detenber from Nanyang Technological University; and Daniel Dayan from CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) National Scientific Research Centre.

Students will use a revolutionary learning model that will enable their integration into media, think tanks, lobbies, multilateral organisms, foundations, public sectors and NGOs. The innovative study plan takes students up close to analogical and digital realities in the communication environment. Areas covered include globalization, public diplomacy, philanthropy, pressure groups, minorities, e-governance, virtual communities, brand management, and freedom of expression.

â??The learning process is less subject to assimilation and more to knowing how to make sense of the subjects at hand using simulations and practical case studies. This method is known as ELM or Exclusive Learning Method®â?, says Samuel Martín Barbero, Dean of IE School of Communication, faculty of Communication at IE University. â??High levels of diversity among students and professors make for a rich blend of content and experiences, which enables a break with the traditional aspects of communication. The humanistic, corporate, organizational, digital and civic dimensions are an essential part of our school of Communication. They represent a return to the history workshop style, or Pulitzer News at the beginning of the 20th century. They also entail learning to handle documentation, information, intelligence and knowledge of private firms and NGSs to forge better communicators.â?

In the field of postgraduate programmes, IE School of Communication will be offering a Master in Peace and Security Management as from 2009. This Master moves away from the action-reaction approach of defense departments and military powers to adopt an approach based on intermediation, negotiation and the resolution of crises and armed conflict though the â??soft powerâ? of channels like communication and media agents.

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