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On January 30th, students from the Bachelor and Master in International Relations had the unique opportunity to dialogue with a true man of peace, former President of Timor-Leste (2007-2012) José Ramos-Horta. On his way to Bogota, where he had been invited by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, to help him in the process of building peace after decades of conflict, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1996) and member of the Club of Madrid José Ramos-Horta stopped by Madrid and visited IE School of International Relations.

José Ramos-Horta is a journalist and political activist who, along with Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, received the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to lead Timor-Leste, a former Portuguese colony that was under Indonesian control from 1975 to 1999, into a peaceful transition to independence. “Today, there are no countries in Asia that have a better relationship than Timor-Leste and Indonesia”, a relationship that has impressed everyone, even Shimon Peres, former President of Israel.

How was that possible? By “making prevention a doctrine”, by having humble leaders who listen their people, make education a priority and managing the country’s resources in a reasonable way. José Ramos-Horta served as Prime Minister of Timor-Leste from 2006 to 2007 and as President from 2007 to 2012, a period of time in which several oil and gas reserves were discovered in Timor-Leste, bringing rapid economic growth to the country. “One of the smartest things we did, explained José Ramos-Horta, was the national sovereign fund, where all oil and gas revenues go”. In 6 years, Timor-Leste collected $16 Billion, divided into 1.000 portfolios.

In 2013, José Ramos-Horta became the United Nations’ special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). A year later, he was appointed by Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon to chair the United Nations High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. The Panel drafted a comprehensive report in 2015, providing observations and recommendation to keep building Peace. Some of these recommendations have certainly inspired the Colombian President José Manuel Santos in his negotiations with the FARCs. But José Ramos-Horta warns us: “each country is different and has to find its own peace.” His advice to Colombia: “it’s time to forgive, not to forget”.

Written by Soizic Belliard, Associate Director of Admissions, IE School of International Relations



Sciences Po Exchange Testimonial

Written on January 25, 2017 by Waya Quiviger in Europe, Master in International Relations (MIR)

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Looking back on the Sciences Po experience 

While our 2015-2016 classmates are already fully settled in cities like Chicago, Geneva, London and Doha; those of us who received the opportunity to pursue an exchange semester are wrapping up our Master Degree just now. One thing I can definitely say: it was a challenging, but most importantly rewarding experience from the first until the last day.

In this post, I would like to share my thoughts about the strengths of two very different, yet both leading academic environments. In addition, I would like to explain in more detail what Sciences Po added to the 10 months in Madrid.

Few academic environments will top IE’s one in terms of diversity of nationalities and backgrounds. Studying with classmates from all corners of the world enabled us to broaden our perspective, understand differences and now position ourselves as a bridge between different people. This clearly increased my employability as diversity and inclusion stand high in every company or organization. The entrepreneurial spirit present at IE is also one that will be hard to top. Sciences Po’s strengths stem more from its advantaged localisation in the heart of Paris. To be more precise, it opens so many more networking opportunities with business fairs, weekly corporate breakfasts, daily seminars, and guest speakers from private, public and social sectors. And, its size enables students to pick and chose classes from different masters, and expand their skillset as they are able to specialise in what really interests them, but also to take electives out of curiosity.

While Daniel was able to deepen his regional knowledge by taking IR regional classes not covered by the MIR, Kiyeon had the chance to satisfy his appetite for more finance related courses. As for myself, Sciences Po enabled me to expand both my hard and soft skills. I will provide you with examples of a few classes I was able to choose, and what they brought me.

  • Digital Business Strategies enabled me to have a closer look into the start-up world and meet inspiring founders of digital disruptors like Uber and Snapchat, guest speakers from the digital world like ING direct, and numerous investor. This course highlighted the importance of understanding the digital transformation that the world is undergoing, and taught me the necessary skills to help transform companies digitally, but also to launch a business plan.
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets helped me understand the basic policies for investment to expand a business into a country like India, Nigeria or Brazil whether through organic or inorganic growth. It also emphasized the importance of the STEEP framework (Social, Technological, Economical, Environmental and Political) and enabled students to apply their knowledge by working in teams on expansion projects.
  • Country Risk Analysis turned out to be a follow-up class to the MIR Micro-Macro course as well as the Economic Development Theory class. Analysing the risks of a Foreign Direct Investment or a Sovereign Loan crafts your risk management skills.
  • And, other courses like Negotiating Successfully and Leading People and Teams complemented the Strategic Communication and Global Leadership courses from IE.

To conclude, my additional semester at Sciences Po strengthened my skills portfolio, complemented my course list from the MIR, and expanded my professional network. I am honoured to say that I completed an IR Master at a Business School, with courses of a Business Master at a Political Science School. I strongly believe that this brings an interesting twist and enables strong personal and professional development, better preparing me for the next chapter.

Written by: Sophie Bik – Master in Economics and Business at Sciences Po Paris.



Jacqueline Williams, MIR 2016/2017 Candidate


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Jacqueline (Jackie) Williams is the IE Fellow Scholarship Recipient for the Master in International Relation’s Program (2016-2017). A native of Syracuse, New York, USA, Jackie attended the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2013 where she received a Bachelor’s in Politics with a focus in International Relations, as well as a Minor Degree in Spanish. During her time as an undergraduate student, Jackie spent her free time participating in one of CUA’s acapella vocal groups as well as volunteering with the international co-ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She spent a summer abroad in Madrid, Spain studying at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She’s interned with the Embassy of Peru in the Office of Public Diplomacy and with the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence in Washington, D.C. After graduating, Jackie moved to Lima, Peru where she worked for several months with the NGO Krochet Kids International. Upon returning to D.C., Jackie worked for FHI 360, a well-known non-profit human development organization. After some time at FHI 360, Jackie moved back to upstate, New York to work on the Democratic Primary Race in the 24th Congressional District. Once the election ended, Jackie decided to return to Madrid and continue her education in International Relations at IE.

Tell us more about your experience in Peru


Upon graduating from college in the spring of 2013, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Lima, Peru and work for Krochet Kids International, a non-profit organization established there in 2011. The focus of Krochet Kids international is the empowerment of individuals, particularly women, through a program that provides employment, education, and mentorship support in order to create a holistic approach to development. Once I arrived to Peru and settled in at the headquarters in the ocean front town of Pacífico, a low-income community in the Municipality of Chorrillos, I set to work. I assisted with the Knitting Initiative and the roughly thirty women who worked there at the time. That meant I was in charge of weighing the yarn that needed to be distributed for production, the quality control of products after completion, and the oversight of the women on that floor.

The services provided to the beneficiaries; honest employment, a trained skill, classes in reproductive health and finance and the mentorship program, are all critical in order to equip the women with a path towards independence and free from poverty. I spent most of my time with the women benefiting from the program in their communities and built lasting relationships that continue to this day. There are over a hundred women and some men benefiting from Krochet Kids Peru’s empowerment program today and many of my friends who have now graduated from the program have moved on to further their education and careers.

Share with us a story from your experience at the White House


One of the best internship opportunities I had while studying for my Bachelor’s degree at CUA in Washington D.C., was interning for The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. In this particular office of the White House, I responded to U.S. constituent letters and e-mails on behalf of President Obama. I also had the opportunity to correspond to letters from Spanish speaking citizens in the Spanish Correspondence Office. One of my favorite experiences during my time there was meeting and chatting with First Lady, Michelle Obama. She thanked me for my hard work and dedication to the office and graciously accepted my compliments on her new haircut and her magenta boots that naturally matched her dress. It was an honor to intern for the Obama Administration and something I’ll always cherish.

Why did you choose the MIR Program?


I chose the Master in International Relations Program for a number of reasons. First, I love Madrid, and the time I spent studying abroad here for a summer in 2011, wasn’t enough time to take advantage of everything the city has to offer. I’ve wanted to come back and explore this city, get to know its’ people and understand and appreciate its’ culture further since then. Secondly, being a Mexican American who can trace my ancestry back to Spain, it’s important to me to continue to use and better my Spanish speaking skills and absorb as much history as Spain has to offer. Thirdly, not only is IE a well-known prestigious multi-cultural school, but it’s also much more affordable than some of the master’s programs I was accepted into in the States! Lastly, I get to spend a year with classmates from 17 other countries who speak a combination of 36 other languages, who, I can tell already, will become some of my lifelong friends.

You just started the program, how do you feel?


I couldn’t be more excited to be back in Madrid and be at IE. Although, the settling into Madrid process has been a bit overwhelming, orientation went great and it’s been a pleasure to get to know all of my new classmates and professors! I’ve heard a number of times that this year will come with some stressful and sleepless nights, but I’ve also been encouraged by previous students and professors alike to go out, enjoy Madrid and cherish this experience. I’m confident that I will be able to manage my time here and do just that!

What would you like to do after the MIR Program?


After I complete the MIR program, I would like to continue to work in international relations. I’m most interested in conflict resolution and humanitarian aid, so I’m hoping this year at IE will help me decide which path I should focus on and I’m excited to see where it will lead me.





The MIR Family on Exchange in Paris

Written on October 12, 2016 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR), News

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Pursuing a Master in International Relations at IE in Madrid is more than getting exposed to a great variety of courses, acquiring hard and soft skills, and spending endless hours working as teams. The MIR opens so many more doors. It is all about #goingbeyond. Upon completion of 10 compulsory months in Madrid, you can add an exchange semester in Paris.


Always dreamt about living in the capital of France?

This is an opportunity that you should not miss. This year, Daniel Morales, Kiyeon Kim and myself were lucky enough to get accepted at Sciences Po Paris, and we are honoured to represent IE and the MIR. Parisian life is filled with lots of culture and museums, strolls through the beautiful French streets or along the Seine, red wine and good cheese.


Wondering what Sciences Po is all about?

Studying at a top university like Sciences Po enables people from the MIR family to specialise even more. While one of us is pursuing the IR branch, the other two of us are pursuing the Economic and Business branch, taking classes in digital business strategies, finance projects, accounting, doing business in emerging markets and more. These additional classes help us further enhance our skillset to ultimately transition into an international job-market.


What is the added value of Sciences Po?

Besides specializing an extra semester in the direction of your choice, Paris is a global networking hub. Seminars, corporate breakfasts and company presentations happen every week around campus. And, on Friday 30 September, Sciences Po students gathered at Maison de la Chimie in the heart of Paris for a Business Career Fair. Over 85 companies were present, covering diverse sectors like banking, consulting, luxury and retail. It was an opportunity for us to ask questions and make contacts, ultimately giving our CV and applying for internships or jobs.


Written by: Sophie Bik

MIR Students in Paris: Daniel Morales, Kiyeon Kim, and Sophie Bik



MIR Class of 2016/2017

Written on October 10, 2016 by Waya Quiviger in Master in International Relations (MIR), News

MIR 2016


On October 4th, the IE School of International Relations welcomed its 9th intake of the Master in International Relations. 18 nationalities were represented in a very diverse new class.

British Ambassador Simon Manley was the keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremony and his apt words on a Global Britain for a Global Century resonated well with the new intake.



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