2 special scholarships for Master in Management applicants from Russia

IE Business School is collaborating with the organizers of the Changellenge Moscow Cup, which began on November 20th and will culminate with the final competition on December 12th.  The project brings together some of the brightest future leaders, and is great chance for IE to meet potential students for the Master in International Management program. IE…

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Opportunities for entrepreneurs at IE

Check out this new official IE video that highlights the resources and opportunities in entrepreneurship available to students at IE Business School. Entrepreneurship is considered one of the core values at IE. Indeed, we were founded by entrepreneurs in 1973, so it is part of who we are. Students are given every opportunity to pitch…

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Our Top European Alumni at IE!

Founded by entrepreneurs in 1973, the entrepreneurial vein runs deep at IE and with our European and CIS alumni. Over 10% of our over 40,000 Alumni go on to launch their own business at some stage in the career and in Europe we are lucky to have some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial Alumni.…

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Italy: Cooking with the CEO!

In October, a group of IE Alumni shared a “practical cooking” experience with CEOs and HR Directors at “Academia Barilla”, fully sponsored by IE. Invited guests were from companies such as Kellog, Monster, Bosch, Ducati, Carter and Benson, Nike and Barclays among others. Prior to the event the alumni spent some time discussing new opportunities…

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Upcoming MASTER CLASS in Baku: World Economic Outlook: two-speed recovery from the Great Recession

IE Business School and Professor Gonzalo Garland would like to invite you to attend a Master Class titled World Economic Outlook: A two-speed recovery from the Great Recession, taking place in Baku on Monday 28th November. Date and Time : Monday, November 28th, 19:00-21:00hrs Address: Park Hyatt Baku (Amirov room) 1033 Izmir Street, Baku, AZERBAIJAN…

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Business Women series: “Recession or Renaissance: Thriving in the new Era” Nov 3 in Lisbon

Business Women series: “Recession or Renaissance: Thriving in the new Era” will focus on how the crisis has changed our world and how individuals and businesses can respond to make the most of this time of change. The need for growing talent and diversity in the workplace, including gender diversity, will be especially discussed and analyzed.

Speakers include Gayle Allard from IE business school, Siobhan Martin from Mercer, Christine Nielsen from University of Baltimore and Marijo Bos and Rieke Smakman from EuropeanPWN.

The conference will be closed by H.E. President of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, Assunção Esteves.

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Student perspective: Alessandro Procaccini, Italy

Name: Alessandro Procaccini
Home country: Italy
Program and intake at IE: IMBA, November 2010 Intake
Previous job: Consultant

Why did you choose IE?
I was searching for a 1-year program and targeting only European schools. I ended up choosing IE for several reasons: first of all for its innovative program as well as for its focus on entrepreneurship. Rankings were also an important element in my decision. Finally, another important element that made me choose IE, was Madrid: I’ve lived in several European countries, but never in Spain and the opportunity of living in Madrid really excited me.

What´s your favorite thing about IE?
I expected some degree of diversity at IE, but the diversity of nationalities, background and mindsets I found here was impressive! In the beginning, after my experience in consulting, I had to work a lot to adapt my way to work and my language to those of my peers, but I found this challenge extremely important in terms of personal and professional growth. It helped me to understand the limitations as well as the strengths of my background: if you never challenge yourself and what you think you know well, you never really learn and improve.

How easy was it to adjust to living in Madrid?
Being an European who speaks Italian and French, I didn’t encounter many difficulties when moving in Madrid; in the beginning I practiced my Itanol, but after a while my Spanish became less “Italian”. The main challenge was to find a flat: a good way to find a flat in Madrid is walking in the street searching for “Se Alquila” signs, but the Student Office also helped a lot. Besides that all the rest (utilities, bank account, mobile, internet etc.) is quite straightforward, or, at least, not impossible.

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