Last Tuesday the MIM Opening Ceremony for the January 2020 intake was celebrated with insightful speeches by IE directors and alumni success stories.

Victor Cantavella, Executive Director of the MIM & MIF programs, Miguel Larrañaga, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, Erik Schlie, Vice President for Global Alumni and Talent & Careers, Stephanie Villemagne, Associate Dean of the Master in Management Program, Robin John, and Simone Konrad, Master in Management Alumni were the speakers for the day.  With hope and enthusiasm, they shared their experiences and how IE gave them the tools to change in all aspects of life.

Some of the highlights of the day were the speeches of our Master in Management alumni guests from the Class of 2017. Both shared their experiences with the MIM January 2020 intake students about their IE journey. Additionally to set the mood and to take us back to the middle ages, Miguel Larrañaga, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs shared with the incoming class the story of the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, a historic building declared a national heritage site in 1931 and that was founded by the Catholic Kings. This is the host building of our Segovia campus and where the Opening ceremony took place.

Robin John, a former student and current professor at IE has founded multiple startups and is the recipient for the prestigious horizon 2020 award by the European Union. Currently, he is serving as the Director of Stemlabs S.L., a Software development firm based in Madrid. John talked about the importance of critical project management, team building and entrepreneurship skills for him to transition from a technical to a managerial role after IE. Simone Konrad, decided to emphasize on the importance of acquiring digital business skills in order to enter the consulting field. Thanks to her digital business skills acquired in Madrid, her first project at BCG brought her back to Spain to work on digital initiatives in operations of an aerospace company. In her current role as a consultant, she works internationally on mainly digital projects within the consumer and industrial goods industry.

Candidates also enjoyed a cocktail where they were able to exchange ideas and meet each other before actual courses start and they had the opportunity to participate in a class activity.

This incoming class is composed of 48 different nationalities and 86% of the student body it’s international. In terms of geographic distribution, 41.4% comes from Europe, 14.16% comes from Spain, 23% comes from LATAM, 11.5% comes from Asia, 6.64% comes from Africa and the Middle East and 3.3% comes from North America. Additionally, we can see how the gender gap is closing since 53% of the students are male candidates and 47% are female. Regarding Industry and Sectors, an important percentage of students comes from financial services, Industry, Energy and Construction, Consulting and Technology/Telecommunications.