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20
Jan

Last Wednesday, the students from the Segovia Campus had the opportunity of enjoying the third event planned within the Cycle of Conferences, focusing this year on India, and organised by the IE Humanities Center. This session, entitled “India: Visions from Within” revolved around the self-perceptions of Indians about their country and traditional culture, and the future challenges for Indian society. We were honoured with the presence of Veena Venugopal, writer, journalist and editor of Blink and the Hindu Business Line, and of Prof. Eugenio Luján, Dean of Philology of the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and Associate Professor of Humanities at IE Business School, and one the most renowned Spanish specialists in India’s religion and culture. Their conversation was moderated by Susana Torres, Professor of Humanities at IE University.

The conversation started by highlighting the vast diversity of languages, ethnic origins and religions of the peoples of India and how each of these factors serves as a personal and social identifier of Indians today. Veena Venugopal stressed the idea that conflict and riots are often used as a political weapon, particularly before elections, in order to gain votes, as well as the high degree of tolerance that is common in Indian society. We then talked about the cast system, and Eugenio Luján explained its origins, deeply linked to religious beliefs, going back to almost 3,000 years, and how is it related to social and economic development in India. It was agreed that the level of awareness of their own cast is more powerfully felt by Indians of lower classes and Ms. Venugopal explained the pros and cons of current policies of cast quotas and the social response to them.

One of the issues that also emerged in the talk was the situation of women in Indian society today, the tension between their traditional roles and their place in current society. There was time to discuss how they are portrayed in modern cinema and television, what the reaction of Indian society, and of women in particular, has been to attacks on women that have made international headlines recently, and how Indian women try to find their own place in modern Indian society and politics.

The floor was then opened to students, who asked about several social and political issues in modern India and gave their own first-hand impressions of some of the questions discussed.

21
Dec

Happy Holidays! – Winter Break 2016/17

Written on December 21, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

2
Dec

The subtle voice of intelligence

Written on December 2, 2016 by Susana Torres Prieto in Conference, IE University

11428Dileep Padgaonkar, former editor of The Times of India, passed away in Pune last Friday November 25th.

Dileep was our guest in Segovia during the last Hay Festival and during his conversation he could expose his particular view of India’s current challenges in view of the changes undergone by the country in recent decades. For someone who has been on the forefront of journalism for more than four decades, it might seem something easy to do. But Dileep not only had a special talent to see the dots between questions that most of us missed, and formulated the most poignant questions, he also had the special charm of someone who is equally comfortable, and competent, discussing the future of the Congress Party in India and the nature of love and sexual drive in both Western and Eastern literary traditions.

His exquisite education, by Jesuits, as he liked to point out, his many years spent abroad and his witnessing the second half of the last century, with its many lights and shadows, gave him a rare capacity for understanding the many depths of the human soul. He was a delight to listen to, he was a breadth of fresh air mixed with calmed wisdom, he was the West and the East in one (a clear proof that intelligence does not know any geographical borders). And he will be much missed.

25
Nov

IE University estrena el Centro de Creatividad de la Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia

Written on November 25, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

picture1El Edificio Cultural de la Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia, en tiempos la casa donde estuvo instalada la fundición de metales, es ahora el Centro de Creatividad de IE University (IEU), un espacio que podrán compartir los alumnos del centro universitario privado y los jóvenes de la ciudad para convivir y elaborar proyectos conjuntos. Al entrar se ve una gran estrella multicolor de ocho puntas y la leyenda IEU Art Society Creativity Center, en la misma planta de calle están la sala de exposiciones, la de danza y teatro y la sala de yoga (no debe sonar extraño, en la Universidad de Stanford hay una similar en el patio de la Escuela de Negocios); en la primera hay salas de descanso (con mesa de billar), el estudio de música o sala de ensayo, espacios para conferencias y para reuniones, y en el ático está el estudio de pintura y otra zona de descanso.

Acondicionar este edificio, utilizado por IE University desde hace cuatro años en virtud del acuerdo suscrito con el Ayuntamiento, ha costado cerca de 100.000 euros, aunque como indicó este jueves el vicerrector de alumnos, Miguel Larrañaga, «ahora es cuando empezamos a gastar». El responsable universitario se refería al coste de dotar de contenido a las actividades previstas en este Centro de Creatividad, que ya cuenta con las instalaciones y equipos necesarios.

Larrañaga fue el maestro de ceremonias de la inauguración, a la que asistieron el rector, Salvador Carmona, la alcaldesa de Segovia, Clara Luquero, el diputado delegado del área económica de la Diputación, Jaime Pérez, las concejalas de Cultura y de Turismo y Patrimonio, Marifé Santiago y Claudia de Santos, otras autoridades académicas, profesores y alumnos. Este espacio ha sido concebido gracias a la renovación del convenio firmada el pasado mes de mayo, que otorga a IEU la utilización del edificio durante cuatro años más. Aunque será un uso compartido y, en realidad, su apertura supone iniciar una nueva fase de utilización del inmueble. Y con un nuevo concepto.

Salvador Carmona destacó en la inauguración que la puesta en marcha del centro entra en los valores humanísticos de la universidad, que llevan el concepto de la educación más allá de la acumulación de conocimientos, y que en este caso combinan las actividades culturales con el carácter emprendedor que es consustancial con IE University como lo fue para la primitiva escuela de negocios del Instituto de Empresa. También con la internacionalización, otro valor fundamental del centro privado, que es «la universidad más internacional que hay en el mundo», con un porcentaje de alumnos extranjeros que supera el de cualquier universidad americana y que es el resultado de muchos factores, del campus de Santa Cruz la Real, de la internacionalidad de la ciudad y de «lo que tratamos de inculcar a los estudiantes, que es fundamental el encuentro entre los estudiantes y los jóvenes de Segovia».

Este es uno de los objetivos del Centro, cuyo coordinador y gestor cultural es el segoviano Juan Carlos Redondo. Será uno de los responsables de que, como destacó la alcaldesa, de allí salgan proyectos interdisciplinares, compartidos por los alumnos y los jóvenes de Segovia que tendrán este lugar como punto de encuentro, también con las instituciones y las empresas. Porque, declaró Luquero, «la innovación la tiene Segovia en los genes y la creatividad está en la base de toda innovación». Por eso mantiene su sueño de que Segovia sea ‘territorio creativo’, y por eso este centro «encaja en la estrategia que tenemos diseñada para la ciudad», dijo.

El centro estará abierto la próxima semana, de 16:30 a 22:00 de lunes a viernes y de 12 a 20 los sábados. Los jóvenes de Segovia interesados pueden contactar con las concejalías de Cultura y de Patrimonio o con la Oficina de Alumnos de IE University.

Publicado en El Norte de Castilla (24/XI/2016)

24
Nov

IE GOES TO COMPIMUN2016

Written on November 24, 2016 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations

unnamed-6By Carlota Marcoartu Jauregui (BIR 2018)

Last week members of the IE Model United Nations Club, had the opportunity to participate in the Universidad Complutense Model United Nations 2016. All of our participants in this MUN did a great job, representing IE University and walking away from the conference feeling their achievements after the challenge it had posed to themselves.

Our delegates have had the opportunity to take part in this competition as representatives of states in committees such as Joint Crisis (UK representatives), European Commission, Euro Group, Security Council, Peacekeeping Operations Committee and UN Women. IE team was comprised of Renata Villafuerte Co-Chair of ONU MUJERES committee, Carlota Marcoartu Chair of Peacekeeping Operations unnamed-5 Committee and thirteen students who participated as delegates. For the majority of IE students this MUN has been their first of many more yet to come. In spite of this, four IE students walked away on Friday 18 with more than just the participation diploma, the award to Best Delegate from the Euro Commission went to Elizabeth Prieto and three mentions were given to Elena Balrod who competed in the Euro Group, Xénia Elena Greenhalgh and Layan Al-sayeh, delegates in the European Commission. Thus all the IE students who participated must be congratulated, for their hard work and dedication.

As students, their participation in this Model United Nations allowed them to share their past MUN, debate experiences as well as acquire knowledge and skills that will help them in their future careers. This conference has enhanced their abilities while experiencing diplomacy. Furthermore it has been a chance to promote a better understanding of what the United Nations is today and a way to gain further experience in this field, to broaden horizons while enhancing a career profile. Being an opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge they have now the pleasure to know.

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