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April 2012

Mr. Hervé Crès, Provisional Administrator of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Mr. Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University have recently signed an exchange agreement that will promote academic excellence and foster cross-cultural understanding between the two institutions.

The exchange will take place between students of IE’s Master in International Relations, International MBA and Master of Finance and Sciences Po’s Master Programs.

The Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris is the second academic institution, after St Gallen University, to create formal collaborative ties with IE’s Master in International Relations this Spring.

“Exchange programs build bridges between universities and create opportunities for students to learn from their host institutions peers and professors. This can only be a mutually beneficial experience for all”, said IE School of Arts and Humanities Dean Arantza de Areilza.


April 2012

Dr. Jurgen Brucker, Dean of External Relations & Development of the University of St Gallen and Maria Eugenia Marin, Director General International Relations of IE University, recently signed a general agreement to promote undergraduate and graduate exchanges between the two institutions. This exchange agreement will particularly benefit the Master in International Relations (MIR) of the IE School of Arts & Humanities. The MIR program plans to send and receive two IR students every year as of the 2012/2013 intake. According to IE School of Arts and Humanities Dean Arantza de Areilza: “The agreement comes as part of the MIR’s internationalization efforts and outreach to peer universities. An exchange with a prestigious institution such as St Gallen in Switzerland can only enrich the experience of future MIR students studying at IE”.


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Madrid, Spain — IE School of Arts & Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of its new Bachelor in International Relations program. The Bachelor in International Relations is an intellectually demanding program that caters to highly motivated students with exceptional academic backgrounds. It is taught entirely in English and aims to satisfy the rising worldwide demand for highly-skilled, well-informed graduates, who are capable of adapting to a rapidly changing global environment. Like the IE Master in International Relations, the bachelor is a hands-on, practical and comprehensive program that prepares students for a career in the international public and private sectors. Its goal is to prepare students for the challenges of working in increasingly diverse and complex international scenarios, while finding solutions to interrelated real-world issues in different contexts.

The new four-year degree is designed to provide undergraduate students with a thorough knowledge of international affairs, combined with solid foundations of business and management, in order to help them bring breadth and depth of understanding to the workplace. This broad multidisciplinary background is intended to produce graduates with an integrated global vision of fields like political science, foreign policy, economics, business, management, international law, international security, history, philosophy, and language. Moreover, it aims to produce global leaders with a profound understanding of the complexity of world affairs, who are capable of applying critical thinking and effective leadership skills to a wide range of issues in both the public and private sectors alike.

The program employs a unique practice-based approach and seminar-type discussions in the IR Lab. Students will learn to analyze interconnections between peoples, societies, governments, corporations, and multilateral organizations beyond the classroom in these semester-long courses, which are a major part of the program’s core curriculum and not only simulate real-life challenges, but also train students in conflict resolution, crisis simulation, strategic thinking, policy-making, public speaking, and news writing. By encouraging the advanced study and hands-on practice of current affairs, and by fostering a critical-thinking learning environment, students will engage in developing creative problem-solving techniques, analytical abilities, and research skills. Students will also be required to demonstrate college-level proficiency in a foreign language and complete a mandatory term abroad at a partner university prior to graduation.

Students benefit from IE’s world-ranked expertise in management and business, as well as of IE School of Arts & Humanities’ internationally renowned faculty and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue dual-degrees offered in conjunction with IE Business School, IE Law School, and IE School of Communication. The program is committed to ensuring unparalleled standards of education, by delivering an ambitious global program that offers a high-quality curriculum and valuable practical training, which are major stepping stones toward specialized graduate programs in international affairs and business.

The program will launch its inaugural class in September 2012.

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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.

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