2
Nov

Susana Torres, a Cambridge Scholar

Written on November 2, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

 

23
Oct

By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Executive President of IE University

Last week in Zurich, during a conversation with CEOs at the Lorange Network, I raised the question as to how blockchain technology might help in the global battle against fake news, a growing challenge in today’s post-global, post-truth society, where social networks now provide a large part of many people’s news and information diet.

Blockchain technology already provides global online databases that anyone, anywhere, with an internet connection, can use. Unlike conventional databases, which are owned by companies or public institutions, blockchains belong to the whole community.

So why not create a blockchain news repository for the global community containing verified facts and data? This would be a reliable ledger of objective information about what is going on in the world, from weather conditions to election results, or the rate of divorce in any country or its average butter consumption.

This information would be permanently updated, constantly verified or classified, and then stored and distributed through the network of computers of its users. Decentralisation would prevent manipulation and cheating.

As we have seen, blockchain can be used across a wide range of industries and business processes. For example, it can track commercial transactions globally, such as the trade in goods across continents, or validate academic and professional certificates.   Read more…

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…

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