3
Oct
2
Oct

Mito y realidad de Colón

Written on October 2, 2017 by Manuel Lucena Giraldo in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Por Manuel Lucena Giraldo, Profesor Asociado de Humanidades

Lo que molesta tanto de Cristóbal Colón a populistas, indigenistas y totalitarios de todas las procedencias, se resume en que gracias a la gesta que protagonizó el 12 de octubre de 1492 al servicio de la Corona de España, nació un verdadero mundo global. Para partidarios de identidades estrechas y racistas, Colón representa un hecho (no una opinión) indiscutible, que les molesta sobremanera: todos los seres humanos venimos de otra parte. Colón es uno de los fundadores de la sociedad abierta. Como resultado de sus acciones, nadie tiene derecho a proclamarse como indígena, nativo o «pueblo originario», ni guardián de esencia nacionalista alguna, porque la única y verdadera historia global de la humanidad es la de sus desplazamientos. La globalización se explica en dos etapas. Desde que comenzó el proceso de hominización –hace más de cuatro millones de años– hasta el 10.000 antes de Cristo, los seres humanos vivieron bajo el signo de la divergencia. Desde África, nuestra especie colonizó todos los nichos ecológicos que pudo.

A partir de ese momento, devino la convergencia. Todas las culturas empezaron a relacionarse, por vías pacíficas o violentas, la guerra o el comercio. Entonces comenzó la globalización que más importa, la cultural, de la cual derivaron las demás: económica, financiera, ecológica, tecnológica y emocional. Miles de años antes, uno de los continentes de la tierra –llamado desde 1507 América– se había desconectado de los demás, hasta aislarse casi por completo. Ese aislamiento, que duró unos 25.000 años, concluyó cuando una nao y dos carabelas, la Santa María, la Pinta y la Niña, cuyo mando superior desempeñaba Colón, concluyeron quizás en un islote de las islas Bahamas, una arriesgada exploración marítima que habían comenzado en la costa andaluza –Palos de la Frontera– el 3 de agosto anterior. Read more…

18
Sep

IE University today started its 2017/2018 academic year with the launch of two new degree programs (Design and Politics, Law and Economics) along with a global community of 2,900 students of 110 nationalities at its campuses in Segovia and Madrid.

This year a total of 940 new students from 82 nationalities will be attending IE University to study their different degree programs. Of these, 67% are from outside Spain, making the academic institution a reference center for foreign students. In addition, 53% of new students are women.

Addressing students and staff at a ceremony to mark the start of the academic year, and that is the first contact between students and their families and the academic authorities and faculty of IE University, IE University’s Rector, Salvador Carmona welcomed António Bernardo, President for Latin America of global strategy consultants Roland Berger, who gave the opening session of the morning session, while Juan Picón Co-president of international law firm DLA Piper, gave the inaugural lecture in the afternoon program.

In his opening address, Rector Carmona expressed his satisfaction that close to 1,000 students from eighty-two different countries have chosen IE University to study their degree programs. Of this class of 2021, Carmona highlighted the wide range of nationalities and “a good balance in gender, with 53% women,” highlighting how such  diversity “will enrich our students’ experience.”

Carmona recalled that last year saw the launch of a degree program in Management in Information Systems, joined this year by new degrees in Design, as well as Political Sciences, Law and Economics taught by the schools of Architecture and Law, respectively. The Rector noted that IE University will continue to introduce new degree programs at its different faculties. Read more…

12
Sep

How to assess the impact of education: The most popular method.

Written on September 12, 2017 by Santiago Iñiguez in Education

By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Executive President of IE University

Traditionally, the paradigm used to measure the impact of training on the individual is the Four Level Evaluation Model, created by Donald Kirkpatrick..[i] Here I will deal with the pros and cons of this method. The four levels proposed by Kirkpatrick, or different evaluation areas as to the effectiveness of a program, which are ordered on the basis of their complexity, ease, or even whether it can be implemented.

Level 1.

This measures participants’ response and satisfaction. Normally, the effectiveness of this level is measured through surveys after the session or course, registering the opinion of participants about the teacher’s abilities, (e.g., communication, knowledge, attention paid to participants), and how interesting or useful the material was. This is the most commonly used approach, and possibly the one most valued by CLOs, who are under pressure to offer courses that capture participants’ attention.

Perhaps the biggest risk in giving such importance to evaluation surveys is that it may overrate the performance of professors: “star academics” and gurus tend to give very entertaining and interesting courses, even if there is little evidence of any improved learning experience in relation to effort or the development of certain skills. But the simple truth is that satisfaction surveys are necessary: participants on executive training programs must score at least 4.5 out of five, or 8.5 out of 10. We should remember that directors attend these types of programs while continuing to work, sometimes giving up their own leisure or family time, meaning that CLOs expect them to be both entertaining and informative. Poor results in satisfaction surveys do not just affect teachers of the institutions delivering the program, but also directly on the credibility of the CLO. Read more…

11
Sep

Hannah Rothschild and Kofi Appenteng in conversation with Rolf Strom-Olsen

Friday 22 September 2017, 5.15pm Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Sala Capitular

Prize-winning documentary filmmaker and novelist Hannah Rothschild, chair of the Board of Trustees of London’s National Gallery, talks to Kofi Appenteng, a Ghanaian-born lawyer based in the United States and president of the Ford Foundation and the Africa America Institute, about the challenges civil society faces in addressing the future challenges of our society. Moderated by Rolf Strom-Olsen.

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