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.  

25
Feb

Public Speaking and Drama Club Collaboration

Written on February 25, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

The year 2019 has been a year of continued collaboration here at the IE Public Speaking Club. Our last collaboration with the IE Drama Club was a testament to that. A big thank you to Anna Lotta Hattig and Alan Mekibel from the IE Drama Club and one of IEs students, Ellen Buckland, a professional actress with multiple years of experience teaching theatre tools and techniques to boardroom executives.

The workshop was something out of the ordinary, hosted in the basement of the Valezquez building, we had no chairs and a lot of space to move. And that’s exactly what was needed. Public Speaking is as much preparation of your slideshow; focus on your body and voice; and preparation as it is being brave enough to stand in front of a room full of people. In this workshop, we were taken through numerous exercises used by those who live for the stage.

All these exercises were out of the ordinary and had our members almost rolling on the floor with laughter. But behind all the fun and games was an amazing lesson – we were learning to be comfortable in front of other people in very uncomfortable ways.

This was proof that learning can be more than just fun, it can be an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and act a little silly at times. Whether it was sticking your tongue out and gawking or pretending you were a prince or a queen, it was a great opportunity to expand that comfort zone a little.

We look forward to more collaborations in the future.

22
Feb

Dinner with Professional Series. Marketing Club

Written on February 22, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

Last night, the IE Marketing Club held its first Dinner with Professionals at Aire de Serrano. As this was our first dinner with professionals, we were very eager to make sure it went off without a hitch.
We are happy to report that our first dinner was a success and our speakers and students were happy to be there sharing knowledge. We hosted three speakers and 12 students. Our speakers were charismatic, knowledgeable, and each one was able to share their experiences from their diverse backgrounds. Our esteemed speakers included: Nacho Herrero, CEO and Co-Founder of Never Enough event consultancy; Susana Outeiriño, Client Services Director at VMLY&R; and lastly, Patricia Ramírez Llopis, Regional Marketing Manager for Xiamoi Technology in Spain.
Our speakers engaged in great discussions with our students. They provided industry insights, advice in finding successful careers, shared some anecdotal stories, and answered all the questions the students asked.
Quotable Quotes:
“It’s okay to fail, but learn from it!” – Nacho
“Don’t be afraid to own your voice.” – Susana
We would like to thank IE Campus Life for supporting our event and consistently helping us improve and grow the Marketing Club and we look forward to hosting more dinners in the future.

20
Feb

Discover Georgia

Written on February 20, 2019 by Campus Life in Geographic

On February 18th, the Young Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Spain on behalf of Georgia IE club, hosted an exhibition “Discover Georgia” in IE University student hub. The exhibition presented breathtaking photographs and videos of attractive destinations of various regions and ecosystems of Georgia, beautiful nature infused with cultural characteristics, essential facts and achievements about the country, Georgian national costumes of different centuries, very vividly reflecting the values of Georgian people, the cultural diversity and history of the country. The exhibition explored the living culture of three writing systems of the Georgian unique alphabet, which is interesting for its antiquity, diversity and original outline. Several entertaining activities took place on the event: the guests were able to participate in the writing contest, trying to write their names correctly in Georgian. The major contest, that took place twice throughout the event, was the online kahoot quiz about Georgia. In the activity, participants were asked to answer interesting multiple choice questions about Georgia and compete with each other on time and amount of correct answers. Winners of all contests received Georgian wine and Georgian-Spanish dictionaries.

Tamara Arveladze
IE Georgia Club Madrid Chapter

15
Feb

IE Cultural Excursions club visits El Escorial

Written on February 15, 2019 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Social

On Saturday February 19th, IE Excursions club and students from the Madrid and Segovia campus went to visit the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The small town was quite a sight as the city is characterized by its rich architecture and symbolic presence in Spanish history. The city is full of restaurants, bars and cafes with terraces for everyone to enjoy the fresh mountain air and dazzling landscapes. Although the town itself is elegant and entertaining, it is eclipsed by colossal sight of the Monastery built during the 16th century by Felipe II.

The monastery is made up of several halls, and huge chambers that serve different purposes such as a library containing previously prohibited books by the church, incredible art galleries, a Basilica that Felipe II tried to mimic from Rome, tombs of the kings, queens and other royal family members, and finally vast gardens. The monastery was so big we were only able to experience 1/3 of it in a little over two hours.

We then had around 3 hours of free time to enjoy lunch with friends and explore the town wherever we pleased.

Lastly, before sunset, we went to a place called ‘La silla del Rey’ about 10 minutes from the town which is a set of platforms in junction with the landscape that Felipe II used as an observatory to look at the construction of the Monastery and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For more trips like this, make sure to follow our Instagram page (IE Excursions Club) and keep up to date with the latest news on upcoming trips!

Sebastian Sosa Balbuena
IE Cultural Excursions Club

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