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Santiagophotoarticle Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño
IE University Rector

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All eyes are on the new Rector of IE University, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, who is set to combine his new position with his work as Dean of IE Business School. Iñiguez has taken up the challenge of making IE University one of the most important universities in Europe. This is the objective the new management team will keep in mind when they take the first steps toward converting IE University into a leading international institution.

IE University breaks with traditional university education and aims to become a benchmark institution in Europe. What are the key differentiating factors of this new project?
IE University will be an international, innovative and sophisticated centre of learning, focused on educating leaders by equipping them with a markedly global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and humanistic spirit. IE University will be competing for top students with the best universities in Europe and the U.S. by fostering integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching, oriented to meet market needs and demands.

Many criticize the fact that university education is so far-removed from the world of business, saying that it is too academic. What initiatives will IE University employ to bring itself closer to the business community?
IE University will serve as a bridge between Agora, or the marketplace, and Academia, the place where knowledge is generated and disseminated. The titles we will be offering in this first phase belong to disciplines like architecture, communication, arts & humanities, and organizational psychology, in addition to management and corporate law. But IE’s business slant is most noticeable in the composition of its faculty, with highly diverse profiles that provide a large capacity for research and serve as an interface with key players in each profession.

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The new Rector assumed his position in a ceremony presided over by the Counselor for Education of the Castilla y León Regional Authorities.

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Segovia, June 3, 2008. An international and innovative university, which not only generates knowledge but also disseminates it. A place of learning that serves the interests of social and institutional agents, professionals and academics, and which has a marked commitment to attracting talent and educating excellent professionals from around the world.  This is how Rector Sanitago Iñiguez sees the new IE University project in Segovia. Iñiguez was invested today as the new Rector of IE University, taking over from Dr José Javier Sarría in a ceremony presided over by the Counselor for Education of the Castilla y León Regional Authorities, Dr. Juan José Mateos, and attended by key representatives of public, military and academic organizations, and the rectors of the Universities of Valladolid, Miguel de Cervantes and Católica de Ávila.

After receiving the "rectoral medal" in accordance with tradition, Santiago Iñiguez made his first address as Rector of IE University, which included a quote from one of his favorite poets, William Butler Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire". The new Rector underscored the fact that IE University is an educational model that not only generates knowledge but also puts it to purposeful use. "We are not so much a university as a multiversity, created to serve the interests of the different social, institutional, professional and academic players."

The Rector also remarked on the fact that IE University’s key value is its markedly international vocation. More than 80% of the student body will be international, in such a way that the "IE University’s higher education model will serve to complement that of other leading public and private universities in Spain and other countries", he says.

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Art is now on the agenda, so Business schools should also be about how people think, argue and interact

Stuart Crainer

Business schools traditionally took a narrow view of their subject matter: their business was business. But today there is growing awareness that MBA and other business students should have a more rounded education.

Culture is increasingly part of the MBA experience. "Because Oxford’s MBA students inhabit both business school and college worlds, they acquire cultural as well as organisational literacy and we put great store by this wider education. Business schools should be about how people think, argue, and interact as well as how effectively they apply models," says Stephan Chambers, MBA programme director at Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

"Our MBAs have cultural aspects included in their study tours abroad to Beijing and Prague," says Dr Patricia Rees, the MBA programme director at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. "For example, last year the full-time MBAs went to the opera in Prague, a first for many of them. In Beijing they also went to the opera and visited the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Deeper cultural insights serve to provide students with an edge."

In search of culture, students are increasingly peripatetic. This spring, for the first time, students studying at Audencia Nantes School of Management spent time at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and in Bilbao, home of the Guggenheim Museum. London centred on the business of art and the fine art market while Bilbao looked at the city’s cultural policy.

"Audencia was the first school in France to offer a special study track in the management of cultural organisations. We consider general culture as indispensable for understanding the complexity of management and decision making," says Jean Charroin, director of Audencia’s Master in Management programme. "As our students increasingly work outside France, such a specialisation had to offer a truly European take on management in this area. Thanks to the partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Bilbao University of Deusto, our students can study the Anglo-Saxon notion of private sponsorship and the more southern European notion of municipal support for culture." His students have to speak three languages by the end of the programme. There are compulsory lectures on a range of nonmanagement subjects, such as the history of theatre, art and religion, film analysis and journalism.

Few business schools have embraced culture to the extent of Spain’s IE Business School which now includes liberal arts studies, defined as applied culture, in its different Masters programmes. This, says Arantza de Areilza, dean of the IE School of Arts and Humanities, is a direct response to increasing demand from the business world for managers with a knowledge that goes beyond traditional management education.

"The market calls for businessmen and women who understand the global surroundings in which they live and work and who are sensitive to cultural differences," says de Areilza.

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Universidad e innovación

Written on April 26, 2008 by Rafael Puyol in IE Humanities Center

Rafael Puyol


Reconozco que una hojeada inicial a los ministerios propuestos por el Presidente Zapatero, no me permitió identificar, a primera vista, el nuevo destino que las Universidades van a tener en el organigrama del Gobierno.

No es la primera vez que estas instituciones o alguna de sus actividades básicas (investigación) salen del ámbito de Educación para incorporarse a otros ministerios, aunque hasta ahora ha sido de ida y vuelta ya al cabo de un tiempo acaban regresando al lugar de procedencia.

No me parece mal que las Universidades se inserten en un dominio creado para gestionar la ciencia y la innovación. Hay razones para defender esa inclusión, como las hay para sostener su mantenimiento en Educación. La educación es un proceso continuo que comienza en la escuela infantil y termina en la formación continua, al que convienen políticas uniformes y una organización unitaria.

Este supuesto, sin embargo, ha quedado superado por un diseño que apuesta por convertir a las Universidades en verdaderos centros de producción de ciencia innovadora. ¿Quién puede sustituir la bondad de ese objetivo? Evidentemente nadie, al menos con argumentos sólidos.

Ahora bien, la decidida apuesta por mejorar nuestra capacidad investigadora no debería hacernos olvidar el otro reto inminente y fundamental que tienen las Universidades. Creo sinceramente que o acertamos con la implantación del nuevo modelo formativo que define el Plan de Bolonia o perdemos el último tren para la mejora de nuestro sistema universitario y nuestra homologación internacional.

Queda mucho por hacer para que las universidades españolas implementen las titulaciones de grado y postgrado, el nuevo modelo que define la Declaración de Bolonia con su cortejo de nuevos contenidos, y fórmulas del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje.

La nueva Ministra que todos defiende como persona capaz e innovadora, tiene el reto decisivo de implantar bien un modelo educativo del que depende la formación superior de las generaciones del futuro.

Sólo así, con una enseñanza de calidad, seremos capaces de crear los profesionales que demandan nuestra economía y los científicos que faciliten el progreso de nuestro sistema productivo.


Arantza de Areilza

In October 2008  IE School of Arts and Humanities will welcome the first intake of its ten-month, full-time master’s program in international relations. Aimed at making a real difference in its field, the Master in International Relations will be taught entirely in English at IE‘s urban campus in Madrid. Its ground-breaking profile is based on a unique combination of factors:

  • Madrid’s position as a major European Union capital and reference in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • IE’s commitment to academic excellence and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Students will be admitted to the program on the basis of an excellent academic track record and relevant international experience. While not strictly essential, professional experience will be highly valued.

Please find below the most recent article of Prof. Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Director of the IE Masters in International Relations entitled "Segunda legislatura y asuntos exteriores"

Publicado el 21/04/2008, por Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín

Los comentaristas políticos norteamericanos han acuñado la expresión “second term blues” para referirse a los problemas qLeopoldocalvoexpansionue suelen tener los presidentes de Estados Unidos durante su segundo mandato, y que muchas veces se dicen derivados de esa mezcla de cansancio y arrogancia que da el poder cuando se ejerce durante largo tiempo.

La experiencia de la democracia española no da todavía para establecer una tipología de esos problemas; pero sí cabe identificar algunas tendencias de las segundas legislaturas en lo que hace a las relaciones internacionales. Resulta especialmente interesante a estos efectos el análisis de los sucesivos nombramientos para el cargo de ministro de asuntos exteriores. Los ministros de Asuntos Exteriores siempre han tenido un prestigio especial en las democracias.

En Norteamérica, el renombre mundial del secretario de estado ha llegado a rivalizar, en ocasiones excepcionales, con el del propio presidente. Así ocurrió con Henry Kissinger en la última etapa de Nixon y durante la presidencia de Gerald Ford.  En cualquier caso, sólo los secretarios de estado (y no todos) aparecen junto a los presidentes en las imágenes y los recuerdos que quedan de una época.  Por ejemplo, las presidencias de Truman y de Eisenhower resultan inseparables de las figuras de Dean Acheson y John Foster Dulles, respectivamente.

El menor peso político que ha correspondido a los grandes países europeos en los últimos sesenta años ha reducido la estatura internacional de sus ministros de asuntos exteriores.  Sin embargo, también aquí, si alguien acompaña a presidentes y primeros ministros en su camino a la posteridad, suele tratarse de un ministro de asuntos exteriores.  De este modo, la historia de la República Federal de Alemania se resume en la lista de los cancilleres con la adición de Hans-Dietrich Genscher, líder liberal e influyente ministro de asuntos exteriores durante muchos años.

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