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The profesor of  IE School of Architecture, Andy Bäcker is a finalist with a special mention in the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge, organized by UIT and Telefónica, in support of “International year for Sustainable Energy for All”. The title of Bäcker´s project is “Sure”, it is a transparent, interactive, voluntary and fun certification system to…

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IE University experience… just warming up

How is life on a university campus? This very simple but broad question many of our IE University candidates are asking to their families, friends and within their social media networks. In order to provide that “real life experience” as a kind of  teaser or warm-up, IE University invites the admitted candidates to come to…

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How to lead a project without talking

Have you ever thought of crossing a (virtual) river in the middle of a classroom? – That was one of the Masters in Management student’s challenges in their Project Management class. This entertaining game is made up of two rival teams whose objective is to cross the river by foot. The “river” is basically a…

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University students go online

2012 is an era full of different open initiatives around the globe, but there is still one very important question for institutional learning: How is it possible to integrate online learning and face to face classes effectivly in a formal higher education setting? As some of you may know, at IE University students from the…

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IE’s Global MBA ranks 1st worldwide

IE Business School has been ranked the No. 1 business school in the world by the QS Distance Online MBA Ranking, an international survey conducted by QS Intelligence Unit.

The ranking examines the quality of online, distance and blended MBA programs, and is based on criteria that include the employability of graduates, student profiles, levels of diversity, faculty, academic experience and international accreditations of the MBA program.

The ranking reflects the fact that in 2008 4.4% of MBA program candidates were interested mainly in online and distance MBAs, rising to 15.6% in 2012. Nunzio Quacquarelly, editor of the Top MBA Careers Guide, said that the attraction of this type of MBA is growing among candidates and recruiters, who recognize the value of such programs run by prestigious schools. “This new ranking provides a snapshot of a sector that is evolving fast. It’s a new tool that will help students select an MBA program.” Newton Campos, Director of Admissions for Blended Programs at IE Business School, says that there has been a major shift in the mentality of businesses, particularly in innovative, high-tech companies that operate online. “These firms prefer graduates from our blended MBAs, which combine online and onsite learning, to traditional face-to-face programs. Recruiters realize that these graduates have the profile and skills they need.”

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How to regain your passion?

Are you passionate about what you are doing? You should… but it’s always good to have some others to regain your passion. This was the objective of the recent IE workshops “Passport to Passion” in Seoul and Tokyo. Professors Paris de L’Etraz and Professor Mario Alonzo Puig provided a three and half hour training session…

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Roubini’s magic figures

IE Focus || By Javier Vega, Professor at IE Business School

A famous New York University professor has predicted that the Spanish finance system saga will end in tears and that Spain will be out of the Eurozone within two years. What is the reasoning behind such a prediction?

Professor Nouriel Roubini of New York University, famed as one of the soothsayers who foresaw the US real estate crisis, landed a few days ago at the offices of Financial Times with the prediction that Spanish Banks were going to need between one hundred and two hundred and fifty billion to meet the requirements of the competent authority – based in Switzerland, naturally – of 9% of the capital. Moreover he declared that Spain could leave the Euro in one or two years.

“I once had a broken watch that gave me the correct time twice a day”, said the popular Mr  Roubini. Journalists from accredited media informed, on the same Friday, that the number of potentially toxic real estate assets now stood at one hundred and forty billion, not counting those of Bankia and BFA, which are already covered by the state, and that provisions in place to support them stood at fifty billion. This means that if all the Spanish real estate assets were worth nothing, some ninety billion would have to be deducted from banking profits.  Banks and saving banks should have recurring annual profits of some 20 billion Euros, and not all real estate assets are going to be worth absolutely nothing, unless there is something they are not telling us and the 9% isn’t mandatory. This means that in two or three years the Spanish banking system would be as clean as a whistle. Then, as long as you and your fortune tellers don’t also think that the 10% of the remaining loans (1.2 trillion) are going to become bad debts, just exactly where is Roubini Global Economics Consulting getting that magic figure from? Basically we don’t know, but it is certainly serving its purpose, which is to put the frighteners on us.

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IE Business School ranks again #2 worldwide in Finance education

IE Business School has further consolidated its position as No. 2 school worldwide in finance according to the latest ranking of Masters in Finance published by Financial Times.

IE achieved this result for the second year running in the pre-experience category with its full-time English-taught Master in Finance, aimed at young professionals with an international profile. The student body of IE’s Master in Finance comprises 95% international students from 26 countries, with an average GMAT score of 680. They will complete the program at the end of this month to start work in international companies that include Morgan Stanley, Merril Lynch, Jefferies, Barclays Capital and Rothschild. The Master is the first program in Spain to be made a CFA (Chartered Financial Advisor) program partner, the leading international endorsement for financial analysts.

“The financial sector needs specialized profiles with an international focus,” says Ignacio de la Torre, Director of Masters in Finance at IE Business School. “IE’s finance programs equips students with this type of education, and our graduates go on to work in firms like Goldman Sachs, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Nomura, and in emerging economies that offer enormous potential given the accelerated development of their capital markets”.

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