IE Master Programs Soccer Cup

Written on December 7, 2016 by Campus Life in Sports

The first IE Master Programs Soccer Cup took place on December 4th in the sports facilities Dehesa Vieja, located in San Sebastián de los Reyes (Madrid).

The event lasted all day from 9:30 am to 19:30 pm, bringing together more than 100 students and representing most of the IE Schools (IE Law School, IE HST School, IE Business School…). Despite the adverse weather conditions and the fatigue, the 12 teams that participated showed a high-level football playing 34 matches in total.

The winning team, MIM S6 (MIM Program), defeated the team S7 (IMBA Program) on the final by a tight score of 2-1. Sheik United (IMBA Program) achieved a meritorious 3rd place. The day ended by 8 pm with the handing over of the trophies to the teams.

The competition was an excellent opportunity to promote fellowship and sports values among students and strengthen the IE football community.


Chinese Café: Discover China

Written on December 1, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic, Other Activities, Social

chinese-cafe17th November, IE China Club organized the first event of the year, at María de Molina 4. Our participants came from different programs of IE University, including students from Segovia campus. Throughout this event, China Club promoted Chinese culture and shared the latest economic phenomenon about China.

The event started by welcome message and China Club’s activities plan of upcoming year by the newly on board IE China Club president Un I Wong. The project leader Shuai Shen, presented the event and introduced our team of Chinese teachers to participants, every participant was assigned a “learning buddy” during this academic year.

Afterwards, participants were invited to join a quiz about interesting facts of Chinese economy and society. In the next part, the vice-president Sirui Huang did a presentation about Chinese online influencer and their business model.

During the event, our club prepared traditional Chinese tea and snacks to all the participants and showed the authentic Chinese art of calligraphy as a gift to participants.


Fashion Club is Back

Written on November 30, 2016 by Campus Life in Other Activities

photo_meet-greet-session_fashion-clubThe Meet & Greet Session of Fashion Club took place on the 22nd of November at 7 pm, in MM 31, room 502.

The coordinators wanted this meeting to represent an opportunity to know the members of the club and for them to get to know each other too. Taking this into consideration, the meeting started with the presentation of the 4 coordinators of the club.

Claudia Vázquez Pineda is an MCC Student and she is Spanish and American. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and International Affairs from The George Washington University and a fun fact about her is that she spent this past July at the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design in London.

poster_meet-greet-session_fashion-clubKunwar Abhishek is an Indian IMBA Student. He studied 4 years of Fashion School in Accessory Design, with Majors in Footwear and Leather Carriables. In addition, he worked as a Visual Merchandiser for Tommy Hilfiger for 7 years, heading their India Operations.

Rosa Italia Porras is a Nicaraguan and American MCC Student. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Psychology and Philosophy from Ave Maria University and a fun fact is that she won the Senior Superlative for being the Most Stylish.

Sara Plácido is also an MCC Student. She is Portuguese and she has a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Communication from the Catholic University of Portugal. A fun fact about her is that she spent this past July at IE studying Entrepreneurship.

After these introductions, members were given a chance to present themselves and get to know each other.

The meeting concluded with the coordinators presenting a year outlook of potential activities. They received a lot of great ideas from the members. Let’s get all hands on deck and do great work!

The first event of Fashion Club finished with a moment for a photo.


US Elections: What’s next?

Written on November 24, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic, Professional, Social

us-electionsThe results of the US elections on November 8th were to many spectators and voters, especially among the young and middle aged constituencies, quite surprising and possibly even shocking. The so called ideological divide created during the campaign and the uncertainty of the policies of the new President-elect have created a vast confusion and left many of even specialist wandering how will the trajectory of the US politics both internal and that of the foreign affairs change in the wake of the elections and the new Presidency…Considering the still pivotal role of the US in international matters of security, trade, development and many others, how will the world in large respond, if it will react at all, to what seems to be (at least at face value) a turn back to the good old American isolationism and protectionism. Are we seeing a “right” turn in the moods of the US population following suit of the previous Brexit and other populist movements in Europe and elsewhere?

All these questions warranted comprehensive and critical analysis and in that sense, it was perfect occasion for the IE International Relations Club to organize its first event of the academic year in an attempt to start the dialogue among the IE community about the consequences of the US elections. The event which took place on November 15th at IE, asked the question of “what’s next” and also how we got there. It featured two keynote speakers – Dr. Daniel Kselman, Academic director of the MIR, who focuses in his research on democratization, economic development and political governance and Dr. Eliah Bures, who investigates intellectual conservatism as international movement. The panelist invited us to review the historical similarities of the populism’s rise in the US before with the current situation, the economic and social realities of the US in the last few decades, the overall change in global political attitudes, in an effort to understand the possible underlying causes of the results we saw. While further offering their expertise in the exploration of the practical policy decisions that the new administration will take, casting, for example doubt, on the possibility of immediate dismantling of trade deals already in place, however warning at the same time of the possibility of deterioration of the political tolerance and atmosphere in the US.  

The event then transformed rapidly into a very high quality debate with all the participants and spectators which allowed to really dig dip on the subject and review it from multiple perspective. The interest and the academic passions shown by all the participants carried the event well past the original scheduled one and a half hour and really made the conversation memorable. It was really amazing to see our fellow students and other invited guests to express unique and comprehensive perspectives and to engage with our distinguished panelist in a critical and truly collaborative discussion in not just trying to review the individual aspects but to build a holistic understanding of the issues revealed during and after the US elections and further to offer ways on how to address later what seems to become an immense field of policy debate and analysis.

IE International Relations Club would like to thank Dr. Kselman and Dr. Bures, all the guest and participants, the Campus Life team for not just making this first event possible, but making it a success! We hope this to be just first of many interesting and notable events to come from the IE International Relations Club!

Alejandro Pereda Shulguin

International Relations Club


First Rugby 7s Championship

Written on November 2, 2016 by Campus Life in Sports

IMG_20161030_131413216Plus 25 degrees Celsius, beautiful Madrid skies and a warm welcoming sun…the conditions could not be any better for the first Rugby 7s championship of the 2016 – 2017 season organized by the IE Rugby Club that took place at CAU Metropolitano Rugby Club pitch this Sunday the 30th. Despite the Halloween weekend and the overwhelming fatigue from studying hard and partying harder, the IE players arrived in numbers forming two 7s sides and two coed touch sides and with contagious eagerness and energy to play their first match of the year and to welcome the newest members from the fall intakes. We were joined in this celebration of rugby by two spirited teams from IESE (both 7s and coed touch team), the mighty Lions from Madrid and the fast and furious team from IE University.

As always in 7s tournament things started fast by the IE Rugby team A, composed of more seasoned and experienced players, taking an early lead in the competition which they maintained until the end. Game went one after another, of course accompanied by good music, laughter, food and drinks: Lions presenting an experienced and “big” in a literal sense of the word (some big guys right there) challenge at every game; technical and lightning guys from IE university could not be contained, winning most of their games in a good show of skills and fitness; IE Rugby team B representing the meaning of resilience and hard work, and most importantly of becoming a real team, with some IMG_20161030_182042884_TOPof the players having their first rugby game ever. Three very big cheers go to the coed touch teams, who despite most of them also playing rugby for the first time ever and with each other, showed an amazing set of skills and team coordination and most importantly fun. The highlight of the day, in full accordance with Spanish traditions of Madrid-Barcelona sports rivalry, was “el Classico” between IE Rugby A team and IESE 7s team – big and ferocious clashes, amazing solo sprints and saves and of course tries and tries and tries…what a game to watch, especially as the teams left the field saluting and congratulating each other in a good rugby traditions.

In the end, IE Rugby A Team with satisfaction of the well done tournament lifted the champions cup while IE University achieved the second place. The festivities though did not stop there but continued well into the night with the oldest and most prominent of all rugby traditions – the 3d half, where the teams had the opportunity to express their Halloween ideas and most importantly bond, sing and share few “war” stories over some well-deserved beers. IE Rugby Club would like to sincerely thank all the participating teams and fans, and especially the IE Campus Life team for their support in organizing what surely is the first of many more events from the IE rugby community.

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