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Written on April 28, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in News

Saturday, 25th April 2015, 11:56 AM.

Image:It was the time and date when Nepal was struck by a massive 7.8 Richter scale earthquake. It has since then devastated the country and continues to do so. 3800+ confirmed deaths, 7000+ injuries, 70+ aftershocks and our families are out living on the streets in fear of going inside after having felt the wrath of nature. Our own immediate families are safe, but we consider every Nepalese to be our family. Right now, they need us. When we decided to come to IE, we knew we were leaving our homes, our families but had never thought that we would be leaving them to this. At this critical time, we feel helpless being here. For some of us, IE has been a home for the last 4 years. For others, a lot less. Nevertheless, it is the place we now call our home. We can only imagine the pain that Nepal is going through right now, and so we have started a funding campaign to help our friends, our families, the families of our friends, and the friends of our families. Now we ask the IE community for their support; now we ask the IE family for help.

Smaller campaigns allow us to reach the communities accessible to our family and friends, and help those that foreign aid may not. A lot of the times, larger charities are limited by their priorities, and while help is needed by everyone, these charities can only support those that need immediate help. We want to help those that may not have faced the entire burden of the quake but need help nonetheless- these communities are usually overlooked by larger charities who have more pressing issues to deal with. Bearing that in mind, we would like admit to you that we are yet to look at charities and do not want to take a hasty decision. The help we are hoping to provide is not immediate and is rather long term and so we will have to wait for the situation to subside a bit before knowing which organization/organizations has been and will be truly effective. We want to plan before we take a decision. What we can give you right now is an idea of what we want to do, as we see it, and as Nepalese we feel we need to do.

With the IE Fundraiser, we intend to fund a local charity or relief effort that we know will do good work rather than a larger charity. We are in contact with like minded people who are also raising funds in different continents and who want us to pool our funding. That being said, we want the power to be within the ones who care. For that, we would like to request the IE Community not only for financial support but a lot more. We need help identifying the charity or effort we will be supporting. As locals, we will compile a list of charities that we think are effective in their work in Nepal. With them, we will provide a short description of each charity and/or relief effort, what they do, and what they want to do. Once we reach the target of funds, which is 5000 Euros at this time, we will then call for a vote by the IE Community. Each and every member of the IE Community, whether a donor or not, will have a chance to say where the money will go.

In order to facilitate the process, we need a supervisor, most preferably a professor, or a caring IE Community member that will supervise the entire process. We also need volunteers that are willing to help us physically raise funds in Segovia and in Madrid. We would be honored if they want to go to Nepal with us and volunteer. Finally, we need your voice. Every Euro may help save countless lives. You may help save countless lives. With that, we request that you please support our campaign at:

Keep a look out for our volunteers in University, and do ask them a couple of words in Nepali before you donate. If you want to become a supervisor or volunteer, please contact Tsering Kenji in the Segovia Campus and Anup Satyal or Nischal Shrestha in the Madrid Campus. 



Four EU countries in top 10 world economies

Written on December 30, 2014 by Waya Quiviger in Global Economy, News

BRUSSELS – Four European countries are in the world’s 10 largest economies, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

The annual World Economic League Table 2015 published on Friday (26 December) by the London-based think tank puts the US as the world’s main economic powerhouse, followed by China and Japan.

Germany, the UK and France take the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, respectively, with Italy, in the eighth place, the only other EU country in the top 10.

The UK has edged ahead of France into fifth place in this year’s rankings, although the Cebr comments that the $1 billion (€850 million) gap in output between the two countries is “well within the margin of error” and would likely be extinguished if France’s markets in drugs and prostitution, which “may prove to be ‘larger than their British counterparts”, were included.

In June, the UK economy received a statistical boost of £65 billion (€80 billion) following the introduction of new EU accounting rules allowing the so-called ‘grey economy’, which includes proceeds from drug trafficking and prostitution, to be recorded.

Meanwhile, Russia is the main loser in the new list, dropping from eighth place to tenth in the rankings, with Cebr chief executive Douglas McWilliams suggesting that Moscow’s role in the ongoing Ukraine conflict was a factor in the country’s economic decline.

“The fun of the world economic league table is that it brings things back to hard figures,” said McWilliams.

He added that “countries like Russia and Argentina, who have invaded neighbouring countries and whose leaders spout aggressively nationalistic rhetoric, are brought down to earth by their falls in the league table as their economies collapse”.

The Russian economy is poised to endure a 4.5 percent recession in 2015 as a result of falling oil prices and the effects of western sanctions.

Last week the country’s central bank was forced to spent around €3 billion of its foreign currency reserves to prevent a run on the rouble currency.

But the next 15 years are likely to be about the continuing rise of some of the ‘Bric’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

China is projected to overtake the US by 2025 as the world’s largest economy, the Cebr forecasts, while the “unstoppable” rise of India will see it become the world’s third-largest economy by 2024.

In Europe, meanwhile, Cebr predicts that Germany’s ageing and declining population, coupled with the weakness of the euro, will allow the UK to overtake it by 2030.


Launch of the FT|IE Corporate Learning Alliance (FT|IE CLA)

Written on December 18, 2014 by Waya Quiviger in News

On Wednesday 10 December,  Santiago Iñiguez,  Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University, announced the launch of the FT|IE Corporate Learning Alliance (FT|IE CLA), a 50/50 joint venture (JV) created by  IE Business School and the Financial Times Group to design and implement in-company programmes, executive development programmes and customised education for companies. We expect the FT|IE CLA to become a benchmark in the field within the next five years.

The FT|IE CLA has several unique and distinguishing features:

– The combination of IE’s academic strength and the FT’s presence in the corporate global sphere, coupled with the reputation and prestige of both brands.

-IE’s experience and leadership in the blended programmes sector, where we hold the leading positions in major international rankings. Blended programmes for companies will combine high-quality online courses with face-to-face learning. The FT|IE CLA will run a significant number of its courses using this blended methodology given the ever growing demand among companies for this type of program.

-The collaboration of some of the most important business schools in the world who will participate as partners in the FT|IE CLA in the design and teaching of courses, contributing local knowledge and relationships with stakeholders in their respective regions, as well as facilitating the distribution of courses in several languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. Partner business schools include Yale School of Management (US), Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), Jiao Tong University Business School (China), Renmin University Business School (China), Centrum (Peru), Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina), PUC-Universidad Católica (Chile) and Singapore Management University (Singapore).

-A carefully selected faculty team with the types of profile required by client companies for in-company programmes. The team will comprise IE professors, associate and adjunct professors hired by the JV, consultants specialised in executive development, and renowned thought leaders from the FT.

– Programme content developed in various formats aimed at leveraging IE’s multimedia content and the editorial resources provided by the FT and the rest of the companies owned by the Pearson Group (Prentice Hall, Random House, etc.).

The FT|IE CLA will have its headquarters in London, marking a further step in the internationalisation of IE with the opening of a campus that will offer education services in one of the most important education hubs in the world. Furthermore, there will be a subsidiary in Spain to which the pre-existing custom programmes unit of IE will be transferred. The plan is for FT|IE CLA to have subsidiaries and operational units in every continent over time.

The creation of the FT|IE CLA represents a further decisive step in the international development of IE, particularly in the area of custom programmes for companies and in our relationship with corporate clients. It also represents an opportunity for IE professors, who will now have access to new executive training programmes around the globe. In the sphere of educational technology it will permit IE to take the next major step toward consolidating its pioneering advantage in blended programmes. Furthermore, IE will further consolidate its presence as a global leader in the area of management education programmes.

The CEO of the FT|IE CLA will be Vandyck Silveira, who has extensive experience of executive education from his time at Duke Corporate Education as well as from his work here at IE. The Chairman of the Board will be Tas Viglatzis, Managing Director of Pearson English and CFO of the FT. The remaining members of the board will be James Lamont, Managing Editor of the FT, Angela Mackay, Publisher of the FT and Professional Education in Asia Pacific, Santiago iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University, Diego Alcázar Benjumea, Vice President of IE, Arantza Areilza, Dean of IE School of International Relations.


Diplomatic Careers: Challenges and Opportunities in the Foreign Service

Written on December 5, 2014 by Waya Quiviger in News

The International Relations Club is excited to host its 2nd Speaker Series – “Diplomatic Careers: Challenges and Opportunities in the Foreign Service” on December 11th at 7:30pm in MM4, Room E107.

All those interested in a diplomatic career, or even one that will deal Foreign Services are invited to learn more with Romanian Minister Counsellor, Anamaria Almăşan. Having more than 16 years of experience, she has held various integral roles within the foreign ministry and is currently President of the Foreign Diplomat’s Association in Spain (ADE). Network cocktail reception to follow.

For more details on this event, click here.



“Arab Spring: where are we now?”

Written on November 3, 2014 by Waya Quiviger in News

“The Arab Spring: where are we now?” Four years after the riots, protests and revolutions that redefined much of the Middle East, we will analyze the aftermath with expert Haizam Amirah.

On Tuesday November 4th, IE International Relations Clubs will host a lecture given by IE Humanities and IR Associate Professor Haizam Amirah Fernández. Besides his teaching duties at IE, Mr. Amirah is a senior analyst of the Arab world at the international think tank, Real Instituto Elcano, not to mention a frequent commentator on the subject in the Spanish media.

The International Relations Clubs would like to invite you on November 4th at 6:30pm in room 101Maria de Molina 31bis to kick off its Speakers Series. Mr. Amirah will set the stage with his presentation and then move to a Q&A session, which will be followed by a networking cocktail reception for all participants.

To register please click here

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