Posts con el tag ‘future’

An exciting challenge

Elreto ESADE An exciting challengeDuring the recent Christmas holidays, I re-read an article by Professor Francisco Longo on the impact of globalisation and the digital revolution in schools and universities. For those dedicated to education and the management of its institutions, this article is a brilliant contribution to understanding the challenges we face today. We have a wonderful opportunity to help shape the educational experience of future generations of students.

I hope that education will soon reach everyone in every corner of the planet – regardless of the place or circumstances in which they were born. Technology and communication will be key elements. But the challenge goes further: our schools and universities must develop new models of learning for people facing important tasks.

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The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than ever

eugenia1 300x207 The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than everIn early September ESADE’s Barcelona campus became a true reflection of today’s global, interconnected society as more than 500 people – professors, researchers, students and business leaders – gathered for the 49th CLADEA Annual Assembly from 3rd to 5th September.

For three intense days, ESADE’s auditoriums, classrooms, hallways and grounds became the nerve centre of Latin America’s largest business school network. It was an academic celebration of the exchange of trend-setting ideas and the collaborative launching of innovative educational initiatives.

Most importantly, however, this year’s assembly demonstrated that building bridges of collaboration between business schools is the only way to successfully fulfil our responsibility to train global leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limits

aprende emprende1 Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limitsEntrepreneurship knows no limits and no borders. Conceiving ideas and creating industry-changing, custom-shaping businesses is within anyone’s reach. At ESADE, we are dedicated to promoting this vision of the world. Our students learn to assume risks in order to develop new initiatives and meet existing needs.

I am therefore very proud that the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) recently teamed up with the Prevent Foundation, to create an academic project called Aula de Emprendedores: Aprende y Emprende. This unique programme provides rigorous training and mentoring to entrepreneurs with disabilities who want to create a company or accelerate a recently created business initiative.

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Nine Proposals for the Democratic Regeneration of Public Life

unijesfinal 255x300 Nine Proposals for the Democratic Regeneration of Public Life
In June, the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research published a troubling statistic: only 27% of Spaniards trust the current political system. This marks the first time in several decades that this figure has fallen below 30%, and shows just how far Spanish trust in politicians has plummeted over the past few months.

Last week, ESADE and the other members of UNIJES, the federation of Jesuit universities in Spain, unveiled the “Declaration for Democratic Regeneration in Spanish Public Life”. This declaration sets out our concerns regarding the current social and political situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leaders for Justice

law1 150x150 Leaders for JusticeLawyers have the potential capacity to reduce injustice. And that’s something that today’s world really needs. 2013 is a very meaningful year for ESADE, because our Law School is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. I’ll never forget the first graduating class of 96 students back in 1994. They were hopeful of changing the future. I’m sure many of them have achieved their dreams by now and are doing great things for society.

The creation of the Law School in 1993 marked a turning point for ESADE because it expanded our academic horizons. Twenty years after its foundation, the School has grown at a steady pace and our programmes have consistently made it into the top rankings. 80% of our Bachelor of Law students find work before finishing the programme and 90% of them find their first jobs thanks to our career services. Forging this path was not easy; it is the result of hard work, commitment and perseverance.

Over the years, we have also overcome several major challenges, such as adapting our portfolio to the demands of globalisation and complying with Bologna’s new requirements. We became one of Spain’s pioneering institutions to adapt our undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes to the new European standards. These were crucial times for the School. Another vital moment was when we expanded our academic network and exchange programmes throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia, to offer our students a truly international experience and prepare them as international-calibre lawyers. We also became the first and only Spanish Law School to be a member of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), one of the most innovative initiatives in the legal field linked to globalisation. The School is also the only institution in Spain to offer the Joint Certificate in International and Business Law (Themis Programme), a pioneering programme that provides an international perspective on business law.

The Law School’s first Dean, Antonio Marzal Fuentes, once said that one of the major challenges we faced as an institution lay in finding the right path to enable us to provide answers to society’s demands. His reflection has accompanied the Law School throughout these last twenty years, and I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.

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A new initiative for entrepreneurs

cems small A new initiative for entrepreneursBecoming an entrepreneur is a difficult challenge, but if one has the perseverance to overcome the obstacles ahead, the results are definitely worthwhile. The Global Alliance in Management Education-CEMS has recently launched CEMS Entrepreneurs, a new initiative to support those who have initiated the journey to becoming an entrepreneur and promote entrepreneurship around the world.

Two out of the three founding members of this initiative are ESADE CEMS alumni, Ivo Vasilev, co-founder of Bulk Labs, and Ariadna Masó, analyst at BBVA. Out of the 40 entrepreneurs currently taking part in this initiative, up to a dozen are also former ESADE students who have decided to make entrepreneurship their career path. Among them are several social entrepreneurs who have launched new start-ups in pro of sustainability, and others who have found market niches in new technologies, finances, digital marketing and youth entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is rooted in our DNA at ESADE, and it’s one of our major pillars both in the classroom and outside of it through the launch of initiatives like ESADE’s EGarage. It is a great honour for us to see our alumni and alumnae become entrepreneurs. We wish them the best of luck in pursuing their dreams.

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Lessons from the euro crisis

barber 300x199 Lessons from the euro crisisLionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, came to ESADE this week to deliver an address on the euro crisis on a very special day for us: the opening ceremony for the 2012-2013 academic year.

We start this new academic year at ESADE in a context that is extremely difficult and uncertain. The economic and social crisis has reached its fifth year, and its negative impact on individuals, families and institutions continues to spiral. These are hard times for Spain.

Lionel’s speech about the euro crisis was very powerful, full of strong, well-argued messages that invited global reflection and kept its distance from the blaming game that dominates the political debate in Europe. If we want to get out of this crisis before it’s too late, we need to start taking serious action. Procrastination will only exacerbate the damage, and the consequences of inaction may be devastating. We cannot afford for this to happen.

Today, what we need more than ever, as Lionel said, is political courage and decisive action. We should not forget what John F. Kennedy once said: In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognise the opportunity. Europe can get back on track. We just need to remember that if we work together towards the same goals, we’ll achieve them much faster.

See the full text of Lionel Barber’s speech at the Financial Times

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ESADE Alumni: Builders and Protagonists of the Future

alumni 300x203 ESADE Alumni: Builders and Protagonists of the FutureYesterday, more than 1,000 ESADE graduates came together for the 6th ESADE Alumni Annual Conference. Madrid’s Palacio de Congresos was abuzz with excitement and positive energy: excitement at reuniting with old friends and classmates, and positive energy because our guest speakers – Spanish Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos, Telefónica CEO José M. Álvarez-Pallete, and ESADE Alumni President Miguel Trias – inspired us to look ahead to a future rich with opportunity that holds a place for every one of us.

Time and again, two themes emerged: innovation and entrepreneurship, two pillars essential to stimulating the national economy and repositioning Spain’s companies and professionals on the world stage. But there’s more to it than that. As José M. Álvarez-Pallete noted in his talk on initiatives such as Wayra, we need innovation and entrepreneurship to drive transformation and growth.

Many of our alumni take the leap and commit to an idea – their idea. To be sure, launching a business means taking risks and investing time and money. But with hard work, enthusiasm and motivation, these professionals have defied their main competitor – themselves – and made their dreams come true. I’m talking about Manel Adell of Desigual, Antonio Rami of Kantox, Andrea Lisbona of Touchland, María Alegre of Chartboost, Jacinto Roca of Wuaki.tv, Pere Costa of Bicentury, Miquel Àngel Bonachera of AB-BIOTICS, José Manuel Villanueva of Privalia… and many others.

In fact, yesterday’s participants included José Manuel Villanueva’s business partner, Lucas Carné, as well as Miguel Silva, who co-founded Blusens. ESADE’s Javier Santiso, in a vibrant talk entitled “Spain 3.0”, discussed his origins, challenges and successes. I came away with two insights about entrepreneurs: their passion and their ability to say NO to fear.

Like these entrepreneurs, many of you have found support at ESADE thanks to our faculty, experts and professionals, as well as initiatives such as the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute, ESADECREAPOLIS, EGarage and our networking events.

Did you know that ESADE BAN has raised more than 20 million euros to finance Start Up Spain? Through this excellent initiative and others, Javier and his team have showcased Spain’s entrepreneurial capacity. I am so grateful for their steadfast commitment to Spanish entrepreneurs and the innovation economy.

Businesspeople and entrepreneurs: we are dedicated to people like you. At ESADE, you can share and develop ideas and embark on new journeys. At this hub of education and knowledge, you can acquire skills for today’s globalised world and learn to shape your own future.

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Educating, Transforming and Improving through Sport

sports danone 300x199 Educating, Transforming and Improving through SportBusinesses that incorporate social commitment issues are always a role model to be followed. On 16th April, the ESADE Observatory for Behavioural Studies: Society and the Consumer, together with Danone and the Association of Athletes for a Better Childhood (ADDIM), presented the findings of their study ‘Educating, Transforming and Improving through Sport’. The research analyses the impact of Danone sports schools in neighbourhoods at risk of social exclusion over the eight years that the schools have been up and running.

These results are encouraging. The more than 5,000 children – between 6 and 12 years of age – who have taken part in activities at Danone sports schools have improved their general health, eating habits, school grades and interpersonal relationships through practising sport, remedial classes and being taught the importance of values. Childhood is undoubtedly the key age in which to inculcate behaviours that will mark people’s future development. The study shows that the Danone and ADDIM social projects have succeeded in transforming the lives of children from families at risk of social exclusion. Were it not for such initiatives, many of these children would have been more likely to have failed at school and would have left school at an earlier age.

Started up in 2004, Danone sports schools aim to raise student achievement levels and promote social values – from childhood – in Spanish state schools in socially deprived neighbourhoods with high educational failure rates. The research, led by Manuel Alfaro and Ismael Vallès from ESADE, demonstrates that the Danone and ADDIM initiative is a model social innovation project for the promotion of future personal development among children at risk of social exclusion.

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The Future Is Diversity

gaes 300x199 The Future Is DiversityI  recently had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion on equality as a safe bet for pioneering companies. Held as part of the 3rd GAES Equality Conference, the roundtable brought together several prominent experts from business and academia.

At the session, the speakers expressed several different points of view on the topic of gender equality in the business world. According to Conchita Gassó, president of the GAES Equality Committee, 70% of GAES employees are women. Ms. Gassó shared specific examples that show how equality in the workplace improves productivity and efficiency. Francina Vila, Councillor for Women and Civil Rights for the City of Barcelona, argued in favour of promoting co-responsibility, enabling companies to implement their own equality plans. The designer Rosa Clará noted that, although 80% of her employees are women, she still has a long way to go in terms of increasing the presence of women in her company’s upper management (33% women). Clinical psychologist and ESADE Lecturer Imma Puig, remarking that performance and equality should go hand-in-hand, proposed replacing the concept of “equality” with “equivalence among people”, which, she said, is more respectful of each individual’s uniqueness.

The panel also included Manel Giménez, Organisation and Personnel Director at GAES. Mr. Giménez discussed the equality and compatibility policies that GAES is applying in order to boost job satisfaction. He explained that the company has adopted policies such as flexible scheduling, telecommuting two days per week, and an anti-gender-discrimination plan featuring specific objectives such as increasing the number of women in executive posts.

The audience members had the chance to reflect on an interesting fact: that the promotion of diversity is, for companies, an investment and a commitment to the future. But why? Because innovation occurs in teams that are diverse. In other words, diversity is clearly a key driver of creativity and innovation in companies. To achieve diversity, however, companies must implement specific policies. Numerous pioneering companies – Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers and many others – have done just that. The future is diversity.

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