4
May

IE Campus Life Spotlight: Susana Torres Prieto

Written on May 4, 2017 by Susana Torres Prieto in Education, Video

3
May

Africa: The Next Big Thing in Higher Education

Written on May 3, 2017 by Santiago Iñiguez in Education

By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Executive President of IE University

Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s region with the biggest potential for growth in higher education. According to a report of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), only 6 percent of young people in Africa attended university in 2015, as compared to the global average 25 percent. But the pace of growth is unparalleled: In the past decade the number of university students more than doubled in the region.

As I am heading towards Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the State of Education conference organised by AAI, I am reflecting on the fabulous opportunities for academic entrepreneurs in Africa. Also on the potential risks, such as imitating old fashioned educational models, outdated and questioned, or using traditional management models.

A cultural caution is pertinent as well. Even if we may talk soundly about higher education in Africa on the aggregate, the continent is hugely diverse. In fact, it would be more appropriate to talk about several Africas, particularly in the case of universities. Higher education is closely linked to the idiosyncrasy of each particular society, still heavily dependent on the regulation of national governments.

The rapid growth of higher education in Africa has witnessed the entrance of many new players, both local and international, over the past years. The AAI report identifies 200 public universities along with 468 private institutions in the region, which also shows the high expectations on the economic potential of higher education.

This amazing growth evidences the attractiveness of the continent, supported by its young and dynamic population. However, as I have shown elsewhere [1], returns from education always require longer periods to substantiate as compare with others industries, a fact that only few investors, the true long term entrepreneurs, realize. Read more…

3
Apr

The Humanities Center at IE University opens the possibility for internal Faculty members to enjoy a research stay in CRASSH, University of Cambridge, either during the first or the second semester of the academic year 2017-2018.

The research interests of the applicants will have to be related to the current research projects at CRASSH (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/projects). The Fellow’s accommodation and fees will be supported by IE University (excluding transportation). The Fellow will be accommodated at Wolfson College. Meals are available but not without charge. The Fellow will be provided with adequate working space in the Centre and will be given access to seminars, research events and research facilities at the University of Cambridge. It is expected that the Fellow will actively engage in the life of the Centre at Cambridge by attending weekly seminars and appropriate number of lectures on his/her own research conducted at Cambridge.

  • Who can apply?
    • Internal Faculty of the Humanities Center, the School of International Relations, the School of Communication.
  • How long is the Fellowship?
    • There is a short Fellowship during Michaelmas Term (Oct-Dec) and a long Fellowship (Jan-Jun). The teaching assignments will be rescheduled to the other remaining semester of the academic year in case of successful applications.
  • How to apply?
    • Please send a CV (including list of publications) and a research statement to Susana Torres (Susana.torres@ie.edu) before April 15th.
29
Mar

WORLD BOOK DAY 2017

Written on March 29, 2017 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in Literature

One more year, on the occasion of the World Book Day we are hereby inviting you to take part on a very special event. This year we commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Isaac Asimov, an outstanding landmark in contemporary literature. Regarded as the father of science fiction and one of the greatest humanists in literature.

Representatives from various departments gathered together to organize it and we encourage you to enjoy this exclusive event with us, which will take place at the WOW Room in María de Molina 4 (with access from Pinar Street) next April the 21st. From 15:00 to 16:00.

The event has been divided into three parts: (1) an audio introduction, (2) continued reading of a short story written by Isaac Asimov by participants from different countries of the diverse IE community, (3) ending with a talk followed by a debate headed by Manuel Alonso Coto, our Digital Marketing Professor.

Through this e-mail we would like to invite you to take an active part on the reading of the short story, reading a text in English which we will previously send you, for a total of 20 seconds approx. With an average of 25 people, connected and reading in sync. at the WOW room. If you like to take part, you just have to send us an e-mail at your earliest convenience at ieeditorial@ie.edu, with your name, nationality and the program in which you are enrolled.

Places are limited and will be awarded by order of registration!!!. Sign up as soon as possible!!!. It is going to be a very special event!!!.

We look forward to count on you!!

6
Mar

By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Executive President of IE University.

Almost everyone will agree that gender diversity in the composition of the different groups of stakeholders at business schools enriches the learning experience and promotes innovation.

However, there is still ample room for growth in gender diversity, as current data show.

The compiled figures below show the average of women participating in three major groups of stakeholders at top business schools offering MBAs, according to information collected by the Financial Times.

Gender Diversity at Business Schools (MBA rankings, Financial Times 2017)

 

The good news from these stats is that the percentage of women at the top 25 MBA programs has increased by ten percent over the past decade. The other two magnitudes, though, remain flat.

These and similar statistics lead some analysts to say that there is still a glass ceiling at business schools, particularly at the level of postgraduate programs. Unfortunately, this also has consequences in the number of women at top management positions in corporations, given the correlation between holding MBAs and climbing the corporate career ladder.

The two main reasons frequently mentioned to justify why women do not pursue MBA programs, as often as their male counterparts, are the lack of inspiring role models in business, and that increasing business career demands seem to disrupt the desired work/life balance, particularly at critical phases in life associated to childhood and growing up a family.

In the past years, many business schools have implemented proactive schemes to increase the number of women across business degree programs. However, AACSB data show that the progress has been meagre. Between 2010-11 and 2014-15 the percentage of women at MBA programs experienced flat growth from 36.3% to 36.9%. Something similar happened at the doctoral programs where the percentage of women over the same period increased only from 37.6% to 38.9%. Read more…

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