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IE launches a new model of elite international university

Following the acquisition of a Spanish university by the IE Higher Education group in January of 2007, the rollout of IE University has now officially commenced. The University project has been conceived to provide an academically rigorous but innovative approach to undergraduate and post graduate education, initially focused on disciplines that include architecture, humanities and liberal arts and communication. The institution will be developed around the core values of an international outlook, innovation at the heart of learning, and the utilization of new technologies, imbuing students with an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanitarian spirit.

The processes of globalization have created pressures and opportunities that require innovative resolutions and solutions. With an ever increasing demand from both business and society for committed, socially aware, change agents the University will help participants to understand the changing demands of the world around them. Housed in the 12th century Monastery of Santa Cruz la Real, IE university fuses traditional academic disciplines with the highly innovative approaches to management developed at IE Business School. This will provide young scholars with the opportunity to develop their thinking in a highly international environment, working in cross-cultural, diverse teams, to find solutions to the complex questions of the 21st century.

With the expected increase in the number of students seeking higher education programs outside their home countries following the standardization of education systems throughout Europe as part of the Bologna accord, IE University will be positioned to provide a high quality international offering. The aim is to have 80% of students drawn from outside Spain within two years.

“We are looking to build a continental Oxford, characterized by academic rigor and quality, whilst remaining focused on solving the issues we see around us today and in the future. With this ambitious project we are seeking to create a new university model, where the professors and knowledge flow amongst the different disciplines, programs and mediums. We will give our students a global vision, creating enterprising, innovative professionals with a strong sense of social awareness. We have felt the demand for this already from companies and individuals, but feel that we can take a more active role in the key discussions in society” commented Santiago Iñiguez, Rector of IE University.