Conference: Macro Economic Outlook for Portugal and Challenges for University Students, October 2010

“Economic crisis generates opportunity, and young graduates should take advantage of such opportunities, by becoming entrepreneurs for example” this was the message Eduardo Catroga, the Chairman of Sapec group and former Portuguese finance minister, given to young graduates present at the Conference*.

IE’s Ibrahim Al-Marashi also urged graduates to leave their comfort zone and study abroad, “it will enrich you not only academically and professionally but also personally”, a message backed up by Sebastião Beltrão of Santander Universia, who said contracting a loan and investing in a master degree is an option that graduates should seriously consider.

Paul André of Baker Tilly Portugal, also urged young graduates to be more entrepreneurial in their search for job opportunities, saying “now is the best time to take calculated risks, opportunity cost is lower and family obligations are still in the future”!

*just before he sat down to negotiate Portugal’s next budget with the current finance minister!


IE Law School Master class at PLMJ, November 2010

Greg Marsden, IE Law school professor and responsible for our joint ExLLM with Northwestern gave PLMJ lawyers, IE candidates and alumni a class in negotiation. We were split up into 2 teams and given a brief case study to prepare. With strategy and tactics planned, two brave trainee volunteers began the battle at the negotiation table, reaching an agreement cheered by the enthusiastic crowd. Lesson learnt in a fun practical way! We are all looking forward to more negotiation training from prof. Marsden.

IE University present at Escola Alemã parents evening, November 2010

Escola Alemã invited us to speak to parents of classes 10-12 at their annual evening with Universities. It was a great opportunity to meet with parents and students interested in studying at top Universities abroad and a personal pleasure to hear siblings of our current students recommending IE to their friends!