October 5 marked the official opening of the fourth edition of IE’s Master in International Relations, run by 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 private and public sectors. The opening ceremony was held in the Aula Magna at IE’s Madrid campus and welcomed over 120 guests, including Mr. Antonio Vazquez, Chairman of Iberia; H.E. Ms. Ana María Diéguez, Ambassador of Guatemala to Spain; H.E. Ms. Audra Plepyté-Jara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Spain; H.E. Ms. Ayşe Sinirlioğlu, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Spain; H.E. Ms. Ana Maria De Lara, Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Spain; H.E. Ms. Ivana Nikolovski, Consul at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Madrid; and Mr. Carlos Westendorp, former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-1996), among many others.

Dean Arantza de Areilza gave the opening remarks and outlined the school’s accomplishments over the past four years, as well as its future goals and challenges ahead. Dean de Areilza was joined by Professor Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the Master in International Relations, and Ms. Waya Quiviger, Executive Director of the program; Ms. Cristina Santos, Associate Director of the Office of Admissions; and Ms. Amber Wigmore, Director of Career Advising at IE.

This year’s opening ceremony featured a keynote address by Mr. José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and founding partner of Pérez-Llorca law firm. Mr. Pérez-Llorca delivered a speech on “Forgotten Islands: International Law v. Realpolitik”, in which he assessed the potential effects of climate change in the arctic region and future tensions between the US and Russia, the strategic importance of the islands in the South China Sea, and the role of international relations in settling potential disputes between states, either by means of international law and the principle of universal jurisdiction, or by reinforced claims to national sovereignty and state power.

The Class of 2011-12 is a thriving and truly international group of 35 students representing over 21 countries around the world: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA, and Venezuela. Students admitted to the program have excellent academic records, valuable international work experience, and come from a variety of backgrounds, including business administration, commerce, communication, cultural studies, economics, finance, government, humanities, industrial engineering, international relations, journalism, law, liberal studies, management, neuroscience, philology, philosophy, political science, public administration, and translation. The program faculty is as international as the overall student body, with 19 professors coming from 8 different countries, such as the United States, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Canada, etc.

The IE Master in International Relations is run on-site 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, it is taught entirely in English, and is aimed at graduates from disciplines that include Political Sciences, Sociology, Law, Economics, Business Sciences, Communication, Languages and Literature. The program combines courses on International Relations Theory, International Organizations, Terrorism, International Trade and Finance, Management of Multinational Corporations, Negotiation, the European Union, India, China, and Democracy in Latin America, among many others.

Dean de Areilza concluded her speech by announcing the launch of a 4-year Bachelor’s program in International Relations, starting September 2012. The Bachelor in International Relations will be a rigorous and innovative degree taught fully in English, and aimed at satisfying the rising worldwide demand for highly-skilled, well-informed graduates, who are capable of meeting the professional challenges of a rapidly changing global environment. Like the IE Master in International Relations, the bachelor program focuses on the intersections between the public and private sectors on a range of international politics and business issues. In addition to mandatory language training and hands-on practical learning, the program will also require students to gain significant international exposure through study abroad programs and internship opportunities.

The School of Arts and Humanities extends its warmest welcome to the new intake of the Master in International Relations. Welcome to IE!

MIR Class of 2011/12 – By the Numbers:

35 Students

21 Nationalities

74% International Students

54% Women

3 years average Work Experience

28-years average age

3 languages spoken on average

In 2010, the Masters in International Relations of IE School of Arts & Humanities was admitted as a Member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), comprised of over 60 member schools in North America, Asia, and Europe. These members promote the enhancement of professional education in international relations and the advancement of international cooperation, cultural tolerance and peace. APSIA serves as an active platform for the exchange of valuable expertise in the international affairs arena. IE School of Arts & Humanities will be hosting an APSIA Graduate Admissions Fair on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 12 to 2pm at IE’s Madrid campus (María de Molina, 27).


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