Archive for the ‘Geographic’ Category


One of the most distinctive traits of IE as a community and as a space of intellectual growth, is the opportunity to interact and learn from the exemplary leaders and practitioners in the field, from individuals who actually make and execute policies, projects and who have a unique and firsthand experience of not just what is happening in the world of business, politics, economics, but who often are the agents of change and innovation. So, it was truly a great opportunity and honor for the International Relations Club in association with the Africa Club to host Hon. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, the Minister of Health of the Government of Zanzibar (Tanzania), who shared with us the challenges that the people of Zanzibar are facing in social development and what steps are being taken to tackle these issues.

We customarily treat Africa, and in particular countries from the Sub-Sharan region, as simply underdeveloped and lacking capacity and knowledge to grow and prosper. Often, for many people from the general public, the image of Africa doesn’t go beyond the UNICEF’s donations plea or the random new headline of another corrupt politician being installed in power. However, current socio-political and economic conditions in African countries are qualitatively more complex and sophisticated than that.

Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa does face many severe problems that we are no longer used to in the West, none more than in the area of general healthcare. As Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo shared with us, an issue such as widespread access to potable water is unfortunately still a major challenge in Zanzibar. A large portion of the modest budget of this nation goes to ensure that all citizens have the capacity to satisfy basic need of clean water. Professional medical coverage is another fundamental challenge that Zanzibar is struggling with. For example, there is only one active radiologist for the whole archipelago! We are looking at a one to more than a million ratio. To put this into perspective, just one large hospital in Spain might have over 10 radiologists. As Hon. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo explained to the audience, the underlying reason for this disparity is twofold: on one hand, time and financial means needed to procure appropriate talent for the scale of the healthcare system in Zanzibar are often challenging to meet. Training a medical professional from the local population, which is ultimately a goal as well for the government, takes significant time and requires an input of relatively large investment and the benefits are only seen after many years. On the other hand, retaining these professionals once they trained, becomes even more challenging as the monetary incentive that the government of Zanzibar is able to offer is often not competitive comparing with job opportunities elsewhere. Thus, there talent exodus becomes a substantial impediment in improving the healthcare system. Finally, the simple issue of funding the budget of the ministry is still relevant. Unfortunately, the budget continues to be heavily dependent on the aid: about 40% of the funds come from international aid sources. This puts obvious restrains on the capacity of the government to act at their own will on the all the issues.

Despite all these issues, nonetheless, Zanzibar was able to embark on a number of successful and progressive reforms and policies that are reversing those negative trends. One of the biggest and truly meaningful achievements has been almost virtual eradication of malaria and AIDS in Zanzibar with less than 1% of the population being affected by these severe ailments. It is hard to underestimate the beneficial direct impact of this feat on the healthcare situation in Zanzibar but also indirectly on the whole social and economic development of the archipelago by liberating the people and the society at large from impediments related to these diseases. Furthermore, Zanzibar is in the course of profound re-building and re-shaping of the overall healthcare system with the concentration on primary, basic and prophylactics healthcare which has time and times again been proven to work very successfully in developing countries. There is a focus on extending coverage through educating the population on healthcare fundamentals such as for example family planning, additional built primary facilities and increasing the human talent dedicated to healthcare services. To further this goal the government is annually allocating 300 scholarships for university level studies including health related degrees that are expected, despite the previously mentioned talent drainage, to increase the professional base for the healthcare in particular and for the society in large at Zanzibar.

The most important aspect that was discussed by Mahmoud Thabit Kombo that is encompassing all of the mentioned above, was probably the fact that African countries and societies are fundamentally repositioning themselves within the international community and in the way how they approach international cooperation and internal challenges. Countries in region are moving more and more towards local emphasis and ground up approach to design and implementation of development solutions using local talent rather than simply consuming international given tools that often have very limited impact on the given local community due to low compatibility with native conditions and which often benefit foreign interest primarily. Thus, the programs that Zanzibar for example engages now are always filtered under internal priorities before they are being accepted for implementation. This is accompanied by a central change in international partnerships that African countries are engaging: when before Europe and in general the West have been the primary sources of international aid and support in Sub-Saharan Africa, contemporarily what used to be coined as South to South cooperation is becoming more and more prevalent. New giants such as China and India are becoming the chief partners of development efforts in many of the countries of the region, more and more replacing the role of the traditional Western influence. For example, China is increasingly investing in Zanzibar not only from a purely economic perspective, but is additionally actively sponsoring large healthcare projects as well, for example by donating 16 million dollars for a construction of a hospital in the archipelago. Furthermore, China is opening travel and study opportunities to African societies that are translating into changing attitudes in new generations towards what they see global centers. The challenge for Europe in this case as the Minister mentioned is that the lack of sufficient interest and involvement in Africa by Europe and West in general with increasing Chinese participation will significantly undermine the economic and political capabilities of the West in the region.

International Relations Club in association with the Africa Club would like to thank Jose Piquer, Executive Director, Undergraduate Studies in International Relations, IE School of International Relations, Campus Life team all the participant for making this event posible.

Alejandro Pereda Shulguin

International Relations Club


Korean Dinner hosted by the IE Korea Club

Written on December 21, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic, Social

 On 29th of September 2016, IE Korea Club organized a Korean dinner party at a decent Korean restaurant near Sol & Opera Metro stations. The club invited all IE members who love or never had Korean food before, and more than 60 IE students attended the party.

The menu proposed to the guests was authentic Korean cuisine, through diverse dishes prepared following the traditional recipes. The event started with Kimchijeon (Kimchi pancake), Japchae (stir-fried starch noodles with beef and vegetables) and more than 10 kinds of Banchans(side dishes) as starters.

The main course consisted of the most loved Korean dish around the world, Bulgogi (BBQ Beef) and Jeyuk Bokkeum (spicy pork BBQ) and Bibimbap (rice topped with prepared vegetables, beef and seasoned red chili pepper paste, Gochujang).

During the dinner, clubs members walked around the hall and explained about food, wearing Hanbok, traditional Korean dress. The club also played K-Pop music video on the screen though the event to give guests a sense of current Korean culture.

At the end of dinner party, all guests were invited to join lucky draw and quiz about interesting facts of Korean culture. Most of them won Korean cosmetics and liquors as a gift. They appreciated the dishes and the enjoyable atmosphere that contributed to create an opportunity for networking and understanding Korean culture more.


Evento de Networking del IE México Club

Written on December 21, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

El día 12 de Octubre el Club de México organizó un evento para que los mexicanos de los diferentes programas en el IE se pudieran conocer. El evento tuvo lugar a las 9pm en el Makkila de Núñez de Balboa 75 en donde se sirvieron distintos vinos así como carnes y quesos para amenizar la convivencia.
El evento fue promovido por medio de posters en la Universidad así como por la página del IE y el Newsletter. La invitación fue extendida a todos los mexicanos de todos los programas para poder intercambiar experiencias así como ideas referente a nuestras diferentes maestrías así como futuras oportunidades de negocio. El evento reunió a más de 40 invitados, sobre todo del IMBA Enero 2016, IMBA Septiembre 2016, MIM y Master in Big Data. El evento se extendió hasta pasada la media noche en donde los asistentes estuvieron muy activos conociendo nuevas personas. 
Este tipo de eventos son muy buenos ya que es de las grandes cosas que te deja el Instituto de Empresa. Es una buena manera para que los alumnos de de los diferentes programas se puedan conocer.


IE Chinese Gathering Dinner – Reunion

Written on December 21, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

On the 3rd December, IE China Club organized Chinese Alumni Dinner at SELFIE Restaurant in Madrid. Current students and some recently graduated students who work in Madrid got together and shared their experiences. China Club worked as a bridge which connected new students and alumni from different programs of IE University.

This event aimed to build and strengthen professional and personal network among IE Chinese students. The newly on board IE China Club President Un I Wong and Vice-president Sirui Huang emphasized the purpose of this event and presented several upcoming events of next year. The participants really appreciated this precious opportunity to share their study and work experiences, meet old people and make new friends especially at a lovely IE atmosphere in the restaurant.

We finished the night with a picture of all the participants holding a big IE flag. Indeed, we were overjoyed and content that the students who attended this event had a great time. Hopefully this dinner will remain as an excellent memory in the participants and also a wonderful memory with IE Campus Life.



Global Village 2016, Korea Club

Written on December 21, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

It was a really big decision that Korea Club, one of the minority clubs with a few members, decided to join as a partner in the global village event. However, since it was a meaningful charity event, we wanted to participate. Of course, we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to exchange was not easy for clubs from various countries to miss a chance to be part of the cultural exchange with other clubs of other countries.

In addition to the Hanbok, Korean traditional dress, we prepared modernized version of Hanbok, which can be worn in real life so that the students can experience it. The colorful and harmonious design of Hanbok and the harmony of beautiful colors made a deep impression on the students about Korean culture. (However, the crowds and hot weather were another problems) Also, students who participated in the contest were given a lottery to give a gift of Nanta performance tickets and traditional Korean liquor, which enabled the student to appreciate other aspects of Korean culture.

Korean-style chicken barbecue, which is a good match with beer, rice cake Gangjeong, which was a pastry dish, rice cake to blow away heat, assorted meals that can not be missed during Korean holidays, sweet bread with sweet honey, which is a sweet finger food.
The time and money spent on deciding the menu, making it, buying food ingredients and carrying the food were only for one day of June 9th. Delicious foods we put our heart into caught many people’s attention and they enjoyed their palates happily. (It is a bonus to realize that I will never choose my career in the restaurant business!)

We finished it all well, but it was an unreasonable schedule. (I will not recommend joining the GV unless the club has than 10 members.) Korea club wanted to participate in stage events, so we had thought of several methods and found that the alcohol show was the only one we could go without leaving the booth entirely (ethic code violation! This show was not allowed by the organizer.) I wish the glorious prosperity of Korea club in 2017.

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