It is almost obligatory for business schools to trumpet their love of innovation, but Spain’s IE has a better claim than many for trying fresh approaches to business education.
Established in 1973 in Madrid, and now ranked as one of Europe’s leading schools, IE was among the first to offer an executive MBA 20 years ago, and later spearheaded a move into online education.
The school’s international reputation now helps it attract about 2,000 students from more than 90 countries each year, and it has built an alumni network of more than 40,000 with links to 25 offices spread from India to Chile.
“When we ask our students why they chose IE, they often say it is entrepreneurialism first, and diversity second,” says Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, the dean. “We have one of the highest-diversity environments, not just in terms of the numbers of passports, but in terms of gender, culture and different visions of the world.”
These aims are well demonstrated by IE University’s cross-disciplinary approach to teaching law, architecture and business and by the combined executive MBA programme with Brown University in the US, which sees students take courses in social sciences, literature and philosophy...