Archive for the ‘Bachelor in International Relations (BIR)’ Category


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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