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L´Orient Le Jour – IE Lebanese Club

Written on January 28, 2019 by Campus Life in Geographic, Social

It is a common belief that when young people leave their home country in order to study abroad, they forget their roots and devote themselves entirely to their new life. It is not always the case and a group of Lebanese students is the living proof. These students studying at the IE Business School manage the IE Lebanon Club; a club dedicated to bringing together the school’s Lebanese students as well as to promote Lebanon and its culture. Through its many activities, the Club introduces the land of Cedars to students having sometimes never heard of the country.

The club is headed by several Lebanese students, including Hatem Rizkallah, Michael Atmeh and Ralph Sassi. They share their customs with a diverse and varied public, sometimes even playing tour guides when, for instance, more than thirty people joined them on a visit to Lebanon last summer in order to discover the beauty of the land.

The club even organized a Lebanese farewell to the academic year, which brought together more than 400 Lebanese and non-Lebanese students to celebrate the end of the year. The ultimate goal of the evening was to sponsor the club’s upcoming events, and to share some of the funds raised with a Lebanese charity as a Christmas present. This is how, once again, these Lebanese students demonstrated that although they are far from home, Lebanon is always in their hearts. In line with the theme of education, the funds were donated to the NGO “Include”. Founded in 2010 by parents and friends of children with different abilities, “Include” works for the inclusion of people with special needs in the Lebanese society, at the levels of education, employment and leisure. In 2018, the NGO welcomed its first class of students with different abilities at Université Pour Tous, a branch of Saint Joseph University – a first in Lebanon.

One thing is certain: these students remain rooted in the Lebanese culture regardless of whether they return home or end up pursuing new adventures around the world.



Written on October 31, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

Tras asumir formalmente, las nuevas autoridades del Club Argentino, organizaron un evento de networking en la embajada de la República Argentina. El embajador, Ramón Puerta, se mostró muy entusiasmado con la iniciativa y propuso realizar nuevos eventos para los alumnos de esta institución. De izquierda a derecha: Angel Centeno, Ana Truppel, Alfonso Saieva, Andrea Antolín, el embajador Ramón Puerta, Valentín Oneto, Josefina Capelle y Alvaro Sampedro.

The new authorities of the Argentina Club organized a network cocktail in the Argentinian embassy. The Argentinian ambassador, Ramón Puerta, expressed his enthusiasm by proposing to host more events for Argentinian IE students. From left to right: Angel Centeno, Ana Truppel, Alfonso Saieva, Andrea Antolín, the embassador Ramón Puerta, Valentín Oneto, Josefina Capelle y Alvaro Sampedro.

Los más de 20 alumnos argentinos del IE que fueron invitados a la embajada de la República Argentina, fueron recibidos por el embajador Ramón Puerta en un cocktail donde se discutió sobre la importancia de la capacitación de los profesionales argentinos para el desarrollo del país sudamericano.

The Argentinian students from IE that were invited to the Argentinian embassy. The more than 20 students were received by the Argentinian ambassador, Ramón Puerta, in a network cocktail where he emphasized the importance of postgraduate education in the development of the south American country.


EU- China Tourism Year

Written on September 27, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

On September 25th, IE China Club along with China Club Spain, hosted ‘The EU – China Tourism Year’ Conference on Innovation and Digitization of the Chinese markets. The topic of discussion was insights into future opportunities in tourism between China and Spain.

The China Club invited the General Director of Turespaña, Mr. Héctor Gómez. Director of Corporate Relations Director of IE, Antonio López de Avila. CEO of AsialinSpain-Ctrip Spain Destination and president of CHINA CLUB SPAIN, Jennifer Zhang. Sales director of EMEA, USA and ASIA in IBERIA, Head of Research of European Travel Commission.

During the event, the guests talked about the tourism digitalization. Mr. Gomez special emphasize the Digital Injection to be used in China.  Now, Ctrip is using a data control center to analyze all the patterns of foreign tourists. Iberia using data analysis to decide which route should be opened between China and Spain. Also, it´s very important to maintain a balance between online business and offline business.

In 2017, there are more than 130 million people travelling outside china, Spain has received more than 80 million tourists, but only 720 thousands of people are from China. The tourism between China and Spain has a very bright future.

Blog post by Haowei Gao


IE India Club: Diwali/ Deepavali celebration at IE.

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

India is a spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing India and its culture at its best. One such amazing festival is Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers, and celebratory events across the world every autumn.

The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colorful lights and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gifts.

With the support of IE Campus life, IE India Club had an opportunity to organize an event followed by a dinner for Diwali 2017. We shared Indian ghee (Clarified Butter) sweets contributed by an Indian restaurant Sagar and Desi gourmet at the main buildings of IE which are MM31 and MM31 bis. we enjoyed the celebration by sharing sweets, greetings and Rangoli (Rangoli is known art form, in the Indian subcontinent, in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals). Many students participated in doing the Rangoli and decorating the stalls.

Later that night we all enjoyed a delicious Indian dinner at IBEX bar and Kitchen, tasting a variety of Indian traditional food and drinks. This year 2018, November 7th will be celebrated as Diwali. We hope to celebrate again here at IE with the support IE Campus Life better than ever before.


India: Political and Economic Outlook

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

On 5th April 2018, the IE India Club in association with IE International Relations had the honor to host Mr. Surjit Bhalla, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India at IE Business School. As a guest speaker, Mr. Bhalla introduced the various facts of the Indian economy and the economic system. He introduced the session by acknowledging the importance of the Spanish language in the financial world and in the world economy. Mr. Bhalla mentioned that the structural changes in India are so rapid that it was difficult to experience the same in any other economy other than India or China and highlighted the importance of Millennials in this change and their role as leaders and change recipients in the forefront in the era of structural changes.

He pointed an important note towards the Democracy. The fact that India being the largest democracy of the world is a boon, but it is also a bane in this time of changes and the bureaucracy hinders the speed which doesn’t happen in any other economy. This is what rises agony in millennials and Gen Y, but he reaffirms that Democracy is the element that differentiates the old conventional India to the new unconventional one. He also noted about the transition in the thought process of Indians about how it went from starting with logic and evidence-based economic journalism to a jaadu (magic) economics backed journalism where people are no more looking for evidence and are going beyond logic.

The conversation ended with Q&A by students who participated and asked questions about demonetization and its perceived benefits, unemployment in India and the social consequences followed as a result, education as a tool to raise social mobility in India, policies such as RTE, and “Make In India”.

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