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26
Mar

Harvard WorldMUN

Written on March 26, 2019 by Campus Life in IE Stories

The Harvard WorldMUN conference lasted from the 18th of March until the 22nd of March with over 1800 delegates from all over the world, IE University Debate Club Segovia sent 11 delegates from the BBA degree, BIR degree, Architecture as well as Law. The conference took place in Madrid Palacio Municipal de Congressos and it was an amazing opportunity for the students and members of the debate club to put into practice the theory from class and meet students from all over the world with various perspectives. Our 11 delegates were representing the states of Kuwait, Gabon and Dominicana across a committees such as Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, Special Political and Decolonization Committee, Historical Legal Committee and the World Health Organization. Below we have the day-by-day report of what occurred in the various committees and overall events of the conference.

Day 1 Monday

The day started off with a training session for the General Assembly committees. It was basic and short. It cleared off all the parliamentary inquiries that we had and what we would be expecting for the coming four days of the conference.

The atmosphere of the whole event was pretty enthusiastic, but people were also tired from their travels. After the training, we had the opening ceremony. The ceremony was grand, with an orchestra, dance performances and speeches from very important people. We had Mayor Carmena speak about the new Central Madrid, no pollution zone initiative, and then have the King of Spain give an encouraging speech about the leaders of today and tomorrow. The biggest surprise was the presence of the King; for many of us, it was the first time that we saw him. The day also included meeting other people from various universities and countries, getting to know them. These were after all the people we are going to spend the next four days with. Due to this event an interaction is formed between the Madrid and Segovia campus of IE. It was refreshing to see new faces and new perspectives. That night was the most riveted social event of Harvard WorldMUN, Global Village. Delegations from all over the world set up booths representative of their home culture and shared various trinkets and drinks and foods. Our delegates thoroughly enjoyed socializing with those from all over the world and experiencing a different culture right in the heart of Madrid in Palacio Cibeles.

 

Day 2 Tuesday

SOCHUM

The debating session started with the speakers’ list on which the delegates gave speeches on the subject of Women Sexual reproduction rights. The speakers raised different issues on which we discussed later when the motions were opened to moderated caucuses. Some of these subjects included the social cultural norms that are against sexual women reproductive rights of women such as the female genital mutilation.

HLG

The day began rather slowly; Kyle Sargent, the Chair, introduced himself and his assistants, as well as outline some personal preferences for procedures and whatnot. The excitement of the room died down somewhat quickly as the event began as note passing and electronic devices were not allowed for the first hour of the committee session (which was then extended longer).

For somewhere between an hour and a half and two hours, we trudged through the speakers list as we attempted to make our way through the some 120+ delegations present. The first session ended with roughly 60 or so having presented their positions. Lunch was enjoyably spent with other IE students. The second session began to see more liveliness, as various motions comically failed one after another until finally some moderated caucuses were passed, and blocs for working papers quickly began to form. The remainder of the second session remains a blur of constant communication with delegations scrambling to speak, negotiate, and create established collective stances. With papers due by 9am the following morning, some would continue to work on them late into the night.

WHO

As representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica and member of the WHO, I have been able to talk about the usage of biotechnology and its related products, for example, GMO foods. The first committee session has mainly brought forward the position of different countries, which can be largely divided in two big blocs: in favor of and against GMOs. Moreover, some delegates have raised concerns over issues like GMO labelling, risk assessment and public awareness. I, as representative of Dominica, have particularly focused on issues related to labelling and public awareness. During the second committee session, the emphasis has largely been placed on finding common positions with other countries and, therefore, various blocs with particular concerns have emerged as the session progressed. Working paper drafting has already began and the focus is now being placed on finding specific solutions to issues like GMO labelling.

SPECPOL

The start of the sessions began with many speeches regarding the significance between the right to sovereignty and the right to secede. All the speeches gave the delegates an idea and understanding of all the different positions of the various committee members. This enabled the delegates to begin their formation of blocs and once the chair allowed the beginning of lobbying time, double delegations left the conference hall and proceeded to lobby extensively forming blocs and started working on the working papers; well into lunchtime. As debate raged inside on the various points and issues to include in the working papers, and delegates outside worked tirelessly we were ready to anticipate the rest of the conference and the solutions to emerge out of our committee regarding peaceful ways to declare independence and self govern.

Day 3 Wednesday

SOCHUM

On Tuesday, we split into seven different groups that had the goal of writing working papers defending their interests and aiming to be a possible resolution for this social and humanitarian issue. As an African country, Sanae and I decided to participate and to have our name written in most of the working papers which we believe were realistic. On Wednesday, the debates began with a presentation of each working paper. We had the opportunity to ask questions to each leader of the group regarding some doubts and asking for some clarifications. At the end of the presentation of these potential resolutions, one delegate launched an immoderate cocus so that each block could collaborate. We therefore decided to bring together three resolutions, 1.5, 1.7 and 1.2 because they were similar and shared the same interests.

SPECPOL

Wednesday was both a tense and a relax day. On one side, the blocks had to submit their working papers very early in the morning for the chair to choose those that would pass. On the other side, we only had one committee session, so after it finished at 12pm we were free to go home or join an in-conference trip to El Escorial. At night some of us went to one of the most famous clubs in Madrid, Discoteca Kapital, to party with the other participants of WorldMUN

HLG

As always the session started with a roll call after which, the entire duration of the committee meeting was spent to discuss a more detailed specifics of the legality of US intervention in Syria 2014 and credibility of G.W. Bush’s declaration of the “war on terror” after 9/11. Part of these debates were dedicated to interpretation of Article 51 of UN Charter VII, justification and possible modernization of Jus Ad Bellum and Jus In Bello principles as well as application of Unwilling and/or Unable Doctorine to the Syrian case in 2014. The atmosphere inside the room was extremely intense as one poorly selected word could change the direction of the debate. Regardless of that, the debate outside of the room got heated too. The chair required at least one of two delegates per country to be present in the room. Meaning that the second delegate could lobby outside of the room. Previously formed blocks based on common interest, quickly gathered delegates outside in order to work on Working Papers, while maintaining communication with inside debate in order to be up to date.

Day 4 Thursday

SOCHUM

We discussed on the proposed working papers 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. The working papers were presented by the proposers of the resolutions and when questions were asked, the bloc members responded in favor of their proposed resolutions. In the end the committee had open the floor for amendments where delegates proposed possible amendments to some of the resolutions and the collective vote by the delegates decided whether or not it would be accepted or not. By the end of the sessions on Thursday we had three resolutions with amendments to be voted on Friday.

HLG

During its fourth session, the Historical Legal Committee spent a considerable amount of time discussing the working papers that had been presented the day before in multiple moderated caucuses. Various delegations put forth concerns regarding the feasibility or legality of some of the solutions written in the working papers. Other delegates also expressed their unease regarding definitions that were created such as the definition for terrorist acts. Following the debate, various blocs merged in order to reduce the amount of resolutions presented to the council and combine similar ideas within the papers.

Following the break, and the 2:00 PM deadline, five resolutions were presented to the council. Of the five, only three were allowed to be formally introduced: 1.1, 1.3, and 1.5. Nonetheless, following technical mishaps and a slight misunderstanding, resolution 1.2 was also allowed to be presented. The day concluded with the presentation of the resolutions and opportunities for questions and answers.

SPECPOL

Thursday was an intense day for the committee as delegates scrambled to merge the various working papers into draft resolutions. In the spirit of diplomacy and negotiations, merging was heavily emphasized, resulting in the need for delegates to find common grounds amongst their various policies and state interest. It was remarkable to see the skill of diplomacy being tested as the draft resolutions were worded and re worded again and again to satisfy all member states. The intensity in which each delegate were pursuing their individual state policy lead to an extension of time to work on the papers, causing the time allocated for amendments to be moved to the next day.

Day 5 Friday

SPECPOL

For the last committee session in SPECPOL, both blocks presented the amendments for the Resolution drafts. Indeed, amendments such as strengthening the Agenda 2030 of the Decade of the Sustainable Development for Non-Self-Governing territories (SDGS 4 NSGTs), to specify the recognition cases, the requirements of the formation of states or the necessity of involvement of special committees in the execution of self-determination were made. Countries as Albania, France, Russia, Macedonia or Papua New Guinea were the main presenters of the resolutions. By the end, Resolution 1.1 was voted and approved by the majority.

HLG

It was the last day of the conference. The draft resolutions were finally going to be voted on. After the submission of quite a few amendments, and some persuasive speeches from delegates, it finally came down to voting. The first two amendments failed by a long run. The one that won, DR 1.3, was a really close call; just 1 extra vote. Either ways, with that the formal committee session came to an end. We still had time, and finally it was the most awaited time of any MUN Conference. The Motion for Entertainment. We had a delegate singing songs in 6 different languages, an accent battle between the chair and the delegate of Saudi Arabia, a flash mob, where everyone came in the centre of the room dancing, and a competition between the best memes made in class. The last session was the best one by far.

Finally, everyone adjourned for the closing ceremony. There were songs by Queen and Imagine Dragon, and many more artists, that everyone sung along to. We had dances, and many speeches. Our delegates are extremely grateful for the opportunity of the past week and to experience and see the application of theory in real life. In the closing ceremony, the directors of this edition of Harvard WorldMUN gave emotional speeches and delegations from Yale and Georgetown university won most of the awards, however, delegations from Peru, Venezuela and Pakistan were definitely the winners of the Conference. The speeches of the closing ceremony and the award giving portion ignited a fired in our delegates to achieve more and And many went out of the building looking forwards to the next edition of the MUN; and a will to win as we saw and applauded the celebration of other delegates from around the world.

28
Feb

Democrazy; the sense or nonsense of Democracy

Written on February 28, 2019 by Campus Life in IE Stories, Professional

Democrazy; the sense or nonsense of Democracy event held by the IEU Segovia Debate Cub invited two IE professors; Oscar Martinez and Balder Hageraats to broadly discuss the advantages, disadvantages, faults and achievements of democracy as a political institution. The debate took the broader form of discussing the ‘sense’ of democracy, and the ‘nonsense’ of democracy which 

at times covered other sub discussions such as foreign aid and the difference between a democratic state’s spending and a non democratic state. The high intensity level of the debate was often felt throughout the audience as over 60 participants showed up, all with varying thoughts and opinions regarding democracy and the various statements the two professors were making.  

The overall format of the event consisted of opening statements by the two professors, and Sarah McFadden as moderator throughout the event. There was a question and answer portion towards the end where the audience were able to ask questions regarding the sense or nonsense of democracy, and due to time constraints, after the end of the event many participants stayed back to continue to discuss at length their questions with the professors. All in all, this event had been one of the Debate Club’s biggest event thus far, and most anticipated event. With enough popular demand, we hope to invite the two professors and perhaps other speakers to further engage the community in discussions and debates regarding varying issues pertaining to the student body.  

14
Feb

More than 200 students, staff, and members of the local community enjoyed the celebration of the2019 edition of IE Creativity Day, held at the IE Creativity Center & IE Segovia Campus. Creativity is a rising value in our society and a human quality that helps to evolve the world. The great minds that have made humanity progress as Da Vinci, Picasso, Gaudí, Edison, or Steve Jobs, had in their character a strong component of creativity that applied in their thoughts and actions. A creative person is, in short, the one who dares to think differently, who handles his life with imagination and positivism, and who seeks to give practical and original solutions to the problems that arise in his day to day. IE University, aware of the high added value that creative innovation produces in the university environment, celebrated a new edition of the Creativity Day, this past Wednesday, January 30th 2019.

IE Campus Life organized a complete program of activities where original thinking was the protagonist in its multiple manifestations. Art and design exhibitions, workshops dedicated to entrepreneurship, debate tournaments, music recitals, demonstrations of creative gastronomy or talks given by professors and experts form a complete agenda of more than twenty events that took place throughout the day in the Campus of Santa Cruz la Real and, fundamentally, in the Creativity Center of IE University, located in the cultural building of Casa de la Monedain Segovia.

 

NEW SPACE The most important novelty of the 2019 edition was the official opening of a space for entrepreneurs in the IE Creativity Center as an extension of “Area 31”, the dynamic innovation space of IE Business School in Madrid, where the talent and entrepreneurial abilities of the students are enhanced. This new space in Segovia, open to the entire IE community, was born with the aim of enhancing the creative talent of students with great initiatives and a strong entrepreneurial spirit “The word creativity comes from the Latin”creare”which means to generate or produce, but it is also linked to the Latin word “crescere”, that is, to grow, in this sense, at IE University we understand creativity as the personal growth of our students and as a key skill to achieve something as important as innovation”, said the director of IE Campus Life Juliana Pereira “The human being is creative, feeling the world more alive and vibrant; creativity is capable of producing something that did not exist before, but also generates original values ​​and lifestyles, and establishes unique connections between apparently disparate ideas,”said Pereira, who stressed that Creativity Day is”the most important that we celebrate in the IE creativity Center, on this occasion, more than fifteen student clubs will participate and there are more than one hundred and fifty students enrolled.”

The activities started with a debate tournament in Santa Cruz la Real Campus organized by IE University students, in which participants demonstrated their creative potential in their arguments. After, the different student clubs of IE University showcased their initiatives at the IE Creativity Center, ranging disciplines such as photography, dance, music, theater and gastronomy. In the latter case, the architecture student, painter and Vietnamese chef Xuan Hoang Do made a gastronomic delight: he built a work of culinary art over a canvas. During this exhibition and thanks to the agreement between Campus Life, Saborea Segovia and Alimentos de Segovia, attendees had the opportunity to taste hundreds of tapas made with local products by several restaurants from the city. There was also a demonstration and a tasting of local craft beer, by Cervezas Artesanas San Frutos, a Segovian company that combines creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

WORKSHOPS. Creativity Day also housed workshops and talks aimed at explaining what creative work consists of and how it is applied. Thus, IE University professor Vincent Doyle offered a practical workshop where he explained the conditions in which creativity flourishes, what distinguishes a creative project from a non creative one, and gave the keys to pull out all the interior potential that helps the generation of new ideas. For his part, Ian Ingelmo, Spanish filmmaker who has worked with Víctor Erice in several of his film projects and expert in creative writing 2.0, spoke about how mindfulness or full awareness, can be applied to the field of creation. Andrew McCarthy, an expert in innovation, design thinking and creativity offered attendees insight to what happens in the brain when we are operating creatively, according to neuroscience. He exposed the keys of divergent thinking that every entrepreneur should know. IE students also received the testimony of Cabify co-founder Vicente Pascual, who provided insight into the success of this transportation platform. The young creators of the Segovian company Baianai also shared their professional experience in the field of entrepreneurship.

Since creativity is at the core of every business idea, the day also gave IE students the opportunity to present their start-ups before a panel of recognized entrepreneurial professionals,that advised them on the feasibility of their projects. T he IE Creativity Day had, among others, the support of several Segovia companies: Olivia The Shop, Siempre en las Nubes, San Frutos, Octavo Arte, Asador Maribel, Restaurante La Postal, De Bote en Bote, Restaurante Casares, Onzas de Sabor, Mesón Restaurante La Codorniz and Juan Bravo/Fonda Ilustrada.

23
Jan

IEU Exchange Experience

Written on January 23, 2019 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Orientation Week for Spring Incoming Exchange Students

Orientation – January 8th

The start of the Semester for exchange students was marked by the mandatory info sessions organized by the International Mobility Office both in Madrid and Segovia. During orientation students met their IEU institutional coordinators (Andreea Vitalaru in Madrid and Lola Rivera in Segovia) as well as representatives from all offices; Campus Life, Student Services, Mentoring & Counseling, etc., that explained what their departments are involved in and how they could help make their exchange experience one they would not easily forget.

Culture shock – January 9th

Moving to a new country, even for one semester, can be overwhelming, for this reason the IM Office in collaboration with SINEWS organizes a Culture Shock Session for Exchange students every semester. The workshop is focused on the effects of culture shock, it´s manifestations and phases, as well as giving students tips on how to adjust to this period of change. These interactive workshops took place on both campuses and even though they were not marked as mandatory in the exchange students agenda, the organizers were very pleased with the amount of attendees!

Tapas Night- January 10th

As part of the Orientation Week for the Spring ’19 Incoming Exchange Students, the International Mobility Office held the Tapas Night event on Thursday 10th both in Madrid and Segovia!  Tapas Night was the perfect setting for almost 250 exchange students to get their first taste of Spain and to socialize in a more relaxed off campus setting. The fun get-together took place on both campuses at the same time and the chosen restaurant in Madrid was “Makkila”, where students were able to enjoy the best tortilla in town, while in Segovia students got to taste the typical segovian tapas at “El Sitio”.

The IM Office would like to give a special thank you to the Student Government representatives that joined us in welcoming exchange students at IEU and for playing an active role in helping them integrate into the community!

22
Jan

IE Volunteers’ T-Shirt Design Contest 2019

Written on January 22, 2019 by Campus Life in IE Stories

The workshop was an initiative by IE Campus Life and it was held at the IE Creativity Center in Segovia, on Tuesday January 15th. Students from Design, Communication and dual degree in Business and Law attended and learned about the basic principles on design in order to create the new T-shirt for IE Campus Life Volunteer 2019. During the workshop students had the opportunity to develop and perfect their creativity and design skills, led by Álvaro Mehrgut, a reference of the design industry and chief of Baianai. Everyone experimented and came up with creative ideas and sketches but only one will have the privilege of having their design printed on the Campus Life Volunteers’ T-Shirt. The jury, composed of members of Baianai and Campus Life staff, will judge based on the originality and creativity of the proposals. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on January 30th during Creativity Day at Creativity Center. 

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