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Keep Going

keep going Keep GoingLast Friday, I attended one of ESADE’s most representative and moving ceremonies: the graduation of our BBA students. The ceremony, held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, was filled with the special aura that characterises our graduations.

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Universities as spaces of freedom

libertad4 Universities as spaces of freedomThe 9th century saw the birth of the first universities committed to the idea of academic freedom. Many centuries have passed since then. With great sorrow, I see that history often not only elevates the place of universities and their countless contributions to society but also stains it, condemnably, with blood and violence.

The recent massacre of 148 Catholic students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by a group of Islamic fundamentalists leaves one feeling absolutely dumbfounded and powerless. When I heard the news on 2nd April, I was moved to denounce this atrocity and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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Cultivating entrepreneurship from the classrooms

Egarage1 Cultivating entrepreneurship from the classroomsAt ESADE, professors who lecture on entrepreneurship are constantly encouraging their students to start their own innovative businesses. In my case, I would draw on the testimonials of various entrepreneurs to give students as wide a range of tools as possible to manage the risks involved in any business venture. Years later, our alumni, now visionary businessmen and women in their own right, express their gratitude to ESADE – in writing and in person- for having planted the seeds of their passion for entrepreneurship. For a teacher, there is no greater reward than this type of recognition. Read the rest of this entry »

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ESADE MBA students commit to tackling food insecurity in India

hult prize4 ESADE MBA students commit to tackling food insecurity in IndiaThere’s one thing that makes my job really worthwhile: when I see ESADE students helping to change the world for the better.

Social entrepreneurs are a special breed. The MBA students pictured above (Cesar del Valle, Greg Perowne, Monica Noda, John Myer and James Doherty) are a good example of this. They are driven by an altruistic vision to tackle social problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Young business talents

alumni web Young business talents

I recently attended the ESADE Alumni UK Chapter at the Spanish Embassy in London. Over a hundred alumni who are living and working in the city joined us for the occasion. It was a great experience and one that brought unexpected surprises. Among these were Victor and Alba, who are what I call talent in its pure essence.

I think what impressed me the most about them was their energy and clear mindset at such a young age – they stood out from the rest as being the youngest. Read the rest of this entry »

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New MBA Programme facilities

To cope with the world’s challenges, future leaders must have technical, analytical and interpersonal skills, but also characteristics of leadership and responsibility.

These inspiring words were some of the key messages that former Belgian Prime Minister, Yves Leterme, recently conveyed to our students during the official inauguration of ESADE’s MBA facilities.

mba facilities1 300x201 New MBA Programme facilitiesThe new MBA classrooms on our Sant Cugat Campus are filled with life and diversity. The first graduating class to enjoy these facilities is highly multicultural – 92% of students are from over 50 countries around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inside an MBA’s mind

One of our ESADE MBA students, James Doherty, has been putting his business school knowledge into practice blogging for the Financial Times for the last two months. He is one of the 27 MBAs from business schools around the globe, chosen by the FT to blog on their experience of studying for an MBA.

ft blog eb Inside an MBAs mindThe business students all have sharp writing skills, and seem very committed to this project. The FT MBA blog is bursting with activity, with a new story – sometimes even two – getting published practically every day.

Some of the topics these MBA bloggers choose to write about are quite disruptive and include reflections that might make readers question things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cradle of entrepreneurs

egarage1 300x186 Cradle of entrepreneursGreat businesses like Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Google started out from a humble garage. We wanted to create something at ESADE that would resemble this space to encourage our students to become entrepreneurs; and so we founded EGarage a year ago.

This month, we’re celebrating its 1st anniversary with good news. The space is bursting with activity – we’ve organised over 250 sessions, workshops and classes throughout the year, which have been attended by more than 6,600 participants. We also invited many of our alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs, because we wanted them to show our students that everything is possible when you believe in yourself. Alumni entrepreneurs are a real source of inspiration for students who want to make entrepreneurship their career path. 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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Big win for our MBA students

case 300x225 Big win for our MBA studentsTime, pressure and even stress, if handled well, can lead to great results, as demonstrated this week by four ESADE MBA students at the University of Vermont (USA), where they won the 1st Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. Joan Rigol, Banele Levin, Gloriann López, Filippo Checcucci and their coach, ESADE Professor Alberto Gimeno (pictured left), are an excellent example of teamwork.

Case competitions are a great challenge because they demand not only that participants think outside the box but that they do so as quickly and skilfully as possible. Joan, Banele, Gloriann and Filippo only had three hours to prepare each of the four cases and barely 20 minutes to present their results. Convincing the jury – a panel of renowned experts from the United States, Canada and Europe – was no easy task. The ESADE students were competing against 15 other teams of bright students from some of the best universities around the globe.

In their comments, the judges noted that the team’s innovative methodology – learnt in ESADE classrooms – was one of the main reasons for their victory. Congratulations to the MBA team for their achievement. We wish them many more to come.

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