On February 1st, 108 Master in International students gathered at Aula Magna for the grand opening of their intake. Both language tracks were equally represented (with 54 students in each track) coming from 27 different countries: Australia, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, and Venezuela.

This intake´s profile in brief was as follows: average GMAT of 665 with a maximum score of 740, an average of 3 languages spoken per student, an average of 2.69 countries lived in per student (not counting Spain), and 85% of the intake being international students. With an average professional experience of 2 years, they hailed from undergraduate schools across the globe and companies such as L’Oreal and Ernst & Young, among many others.

Welcome speeches were given by Santiago de Iñiguez (Dean of IE Business School), and other Academic Deans and Directors of IE´s Alumni & Careers, Admissions, and Academic departments. The closing key notes were given by IE alumnus, Bernhard Niesner, founder of the online language learning community Busuu (www.busuu.com). The conclusion being one we´ve all heard, but many times forget: “follow your dreams”.

When asked by Niesner, “Who wants to be an entrepreneur?” The new students, a little nervous like on all first days, showed their entrepreneurial ambition when the overwhelming majority raised their hands, setting an exciting beginning of what will certainly be an action packed year both on the academic and social arena.

Following the closing of the ceremony, the students and the program´s staff enjoyed a networking lunch, so all could get to know each other better before the first case method work shop of the day.

This is just the beginning of a year long journey that will certainly change them forever, with newfound knowledge and friendships that will last a lifetime. We wish them the best, now and in the future.

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