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!!


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…


Manuel Muñiz, new Dean of IE School of International Relations

Written on February 20, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations

Manuel Muñiz, a renowned expert in innovation, geopolitics and regional and global governance, has been appointed Dean of IE School of International Relations. In this new phase, Muñiz will focus on developing initiatives aimed at consolidating IE School of International Relations as a benchmark in the field of education programs for global leadership. Muñiz will also create the IE Center for Change Governance, dedicated to the study of challenges resulting from the acceleration of technological and social change in public and private sectors, and to the development of solutions and tools required to provide optimum governance.

Muñiz is currently Director of the Harvard University’s Program on Transatlantic Relations. He will take over from Arantza de Areilza, who has served as Dean of IE School of International Relations since its foundation in 2008. “Manuel Muñiz is a model academic entrepreneur with a brilliant international trajectory,” says Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University. “His strategic plan will transform IE School of International Relations into a source of future architects of the global society.”

Manuel Muñiz has undertaken research on cooperation and integration in Europe and the North Atlantic aimed at gaining an understanding of how states tackle interdependence and complexity.

Muñiz is a Professor of global Transformation and Director of the Program on Global Leadership at the Rafael del Pino Foundation. He is also a local affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Finance from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He is also a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission and a holder of the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship. In 2016 Esglobal included him among the top 25 intellectuals who are redefining Ibero-American thought.


The Lost Train

Written on February 17, 2017 by Susana Torres Prieto in History

In the next few days, it will be the hundredth anniversary of the abdication Nicholas II as the last Tsar of Russia, after almost 300 years of the Romanov dynasty in the Russian throne. It was done in a haste in a train that should have taken the Tsar back to Petrograd, but was diverted to Pskov. This abdication and the creation of a provisional government that could put an end to the massive strikes and protests in Petrograd would have created, so it was hoped, a more modern Russian Republic that would have joined the path of other former European empires in their progressive social and economical updating. It probably would have happened if Lenin, who certainly invented the rhetoric of “no means no”, had not been so stubborn, or so interested in his own party. Unfortunately, Nicholas had also lost the favour of his people when, 12 years before, in 1905, a peaceful demonstration led by the Orthodox Pope Gapon, had ended in a blood bath in front of the Winter Palace, the Russian Bloody Sunday.

The February Revolution of 1917 (in our calendar, the March Revolution, really) should have sufficed to change not only the government, but also the state, and would have spared the life of millions of Russians who fell victims to the subsequent October Revolution, the Civil War, and all the purges, first by Lenin, then by Stalin.

Almost seventy years later, in 1983, President Boris Yeltsin also had the possibility in his hands of granting Russia a proper constitution and a solvent parliamentary system in order to create, again, a new Russia, one that could leave definitely behind decades of terror and misgovernment. He chose to use the Army’s tanks to bombard the Duma, instead, and to create one of the most powerful presidential systems in the planet, where the president has almost unlimited power in all spheres of government. For the third time in the same century, Russia’s leaders lacked the sense of state and future vision to make out of their country a better place. None of them, nor the Tsar, nor Lenin, nor Yeltsin took the opportunity that History put in front of them for doing the right thing. Between themselves and their people, they chose themselves; between autocracy and Russia, they chose autocracy.

People often ask nowadays how is it possible that people in Russia like President Putin. The answer is quite simple, really: they have been brutally educated for it for more than a century, and, as the saying goes “spare the rod and spoil the child”.


Las dos sedes acogerán del 14 al 22 de julio el XXXV Congreso del ITI-Unesco, el quinto Simposio Internacional de la Danza y el primer Festival Internacional de Teatro Universitario.

Hasta el último momento, Segovia y el Real Sitio de San Ildefonso compitieron con la ciudad de Hamburgo para acoger el XXXV Congreso Mundial del Instituto Internacional de Teatro-Unesco (ITI por sus siglas en inglés) de la Organización Mundial de las Artes Escénicas. En la votación los dos municipios segovianos se impusieron de forma casi unánime a la ciudad alemana, pues la candidatura solo tuvo en contra el voto alemán, según relató este jueves el director del centro español del ITI, Alberto García Castaño. Y no fue fácil obtener la sede del congreso, añadió, porque solo hace dos años que España regresó a la organización del ITI; fue determinante la visita que realizó a Segovia el pasado verano el presidente del instituto de la Unesco, Tobías Biancone, para asistir a la clausura del festival Segovia en Danza, y la posterior en diciembre (durante el puente de la Constitución y la Inmaculada) de una veintena de miembros de la ejecutiva del ITI.

La decisión la tomó el ITI-Unesco hace cuatro meses en Eslovenia, en la asamblea a la que asistieron los 91 países que lo forman. Segovia y el Real Sitio presentaron su candidatura a través de la Delegación española del ITI, que acoge a su vez el Instituto Universitario de Danza Alicia Alonso de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, que preside Alberto García Castaño. Y en la votación final el proyecto segoviano superó a los de Hamburgo, Estambul, El Cairo o La Habana.

La satisfacción y el orgullo de entonces de García Castaño es ahora compartida por la alcaldesa de Segovia, Clara Luquero, y el alcalde del Real Sitio, José Luis Vázquez, que han presentado este jueves el «acontecimiento» que se desarrollará en julio en el antiguo Salón de Plenos del Ayuntamiento de Segovia. En realidad serán tres eventos y muchas actividades las que acogerán la ciudad y el Real Sitio, que se transformarán entre el 14 y el 22 de julio en «capitales mundiales de las artes escénicas», declaró Luquero. Read more…

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