|Motto||"Unus Mundus Mentes Diversae"|
|Location|| Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
IE University was founded in Santa Maria la Real Convent after Instituto de Empresa Ltd. acquired Universidad S.E.K. (S.E.K. are the initials of San Estanislao de Kostka, Saint Stanislaus Kostka in English language), which was founded in 1997 and was owned by the Educational Institution SEK. In 2004, the regulator, the Junta de Castilla y León approves the bylaws of the Universidad S.E.K. On November 30, 2006, la Junta de Castilla y León authorizes the partial sale of ownership of Universidad S.E.K. to the business firm Instituto de Empresa, S. L. (owner of the IE Business School). In 2007 the Junta approves the modification of the bylaws of the Universidad S.E.K. In 2008 the name was changed from Universidad S.E.K. to IE Universidad in Spanish language, and the commercial name IE University in English language (IE being the initials of Instituto de Empresa). IE university began operations in September 2009, and its first class will graduate in 2013.
The student life is very active thanks to activities organised by the university's clubs and student office. There is a residence in the Segovia campus of the university known as the University’s Reyes Católicos Hall. However, most students choose to reside in apartments in the area due to very limited space in the residence. The Madrid campus however has no residence and students must reside in apartments in the city alternatively.
Student body composition
There are approximately 75 nationalities on campus and counting.
The campus is situated beside the Eresma river, at the foot of the old city walls that surround Segovia’s historic quarter, and a five-minute walk from Segovia’s Roman Aqueduct.
The IE University campus has a surface area of over 18,000 m2, and facilities include a library and canteen. Further installations and resources include:
- Wi-Fi all around campus
- Virtual classrooms
- Art and exhibition rooms
- Center of Applied Psychology
- Fully equipped radio and film studios
- Architecture workshops
Santa Cruz la Real Convent
According to the Life of Saint Dominic of Guzman, the Convent of Santa Cruz was the first to be founded by the Order of Preachers in Spain in 1218, just two years after the creation of the mendicant order of the Dominicans. Diego de Colmenares, a 16th-century chronicler, adds that Saint Dominic did penance in a cave near the river to the north of the city, outside its walls, and that he founded the order in this spot.
The order's dedication to the holy cross also originates from the early times of this community according to Colmenares and other 14th century documents.
In the fifteenth century the Catholic Monarchs, as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were known, gave their patronage to the convent and this royal protection was what led it to be known as Santa Cruz “la Real”, i.e. the convent of the “Royal” Holy Cross. Although the city's institutions had played a part in the convent's development, the Dominicans were not a prosperous order until the Catholic Monarchs came to the throne, when they were given control of the Inquisition. The convent was rebuilt over the former 13th century Romanesque structure and the current church, with its monumental portal, was also erected under Friar Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor and prior of the Holy Cross community.
The Dominican presence in the convent lasted until the monks were released from their religious vows as decreed by the minister Mendizábal in 1836. The convent then became a hospice and, until recent times, it was a nursing home for the elderly under the ownership of the Segovia Provincial Council. It has since undergone extensive renovation to house IE University.
The convent church was designed by fifteenth century Spanish architect Juan Guasa, and is a faithful example of late gothic architecture. It now serves as IE University’s Aula Magna, being used for graduation ceremonies, basketball games, and conferences; it is never used for other key events.
Programs of study
- Business Administration (BBA)
- Law (LLB)
- International Relations (BIR)
- Dual Degree in BBA and LLB
- Dual Degree in BBA and BIR
- IE Brown Summer Program
IE University holds a leading position in Europe among institutions of higher education for excellence in innovation and learning technologies.
IE University holds the first position in Spain and No. 34 worldwide according to the New York Times's 2013 graduate employability survey. The University holds is 9th in Europe, and 37th worldwide for innovation and technologies according to the Education Times of India.
Study abroad programs
IE University runs exchange programs with students (and professors) from international schools and universities, including Architectural Association School of Architecture, Babson College, Brown University, University of Arizona, Universidad de Los Andes, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Politecnico di Milano.
Intramurals and outdoor activities include swimming, aerobics, spinning, pilates, yoga, general fitness, capoeira, judo, taekwondo, kick boxing, Thai-boxing, tai-jitsu, karate, football, basketball, handball, badminton, table tennis, mountain walking, mountain biking and skiing.
Student clubs organize skiing trips to other European locations, cycling holidays in the Netherlands (Bike & Boat trips), Mighty Movers Club for charities, Chess Club, Investment Club, Padel Club, Golf Club, Intra-Personal Skills Club, etc.
- "IE University consolidates its position among the top 50 universities worldwide for recruitment in the International Herald Tribune Ranking", October 25, 2012 - IE University News
- "IE University ranked No. 6 in Europe by 'Education Times & Youth Incorporated'" March 1, 2013 - IE University News