- Annual Enrollment:
- Approximately 120 new graduate students per academic year
- Work experience (in yrs):
- 2-15 years
- Employment sectors:
- Public affairs and lobbying, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, economic policy institutions, think tanks and NGOs, ESG and sustainability, private-sector consulting and business-government relations, financial services industry.
- Degrees offered:
- Master in International Relations, Master in International Development, Master in Applied Economics, Executive Master in International Development
- Unique features:
- Strategic degree partners: OECD and UN System Staff College
Membership & alliances: APSIA, ECPR, CIVICA and NASPAA
Some of the capstone partners: NATO, UNDP, UNICEF, OAS, Inter-American Development Bank, Médecins Sans Frontières
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and economic and political instability are factored in, the changing role of economics, international relations and global affairs has never been more important. IE School of Global and Public Affairs takes a proactive lead in preparing our students to lead the way in a new era of global citizenship. With our internationally acclaimed faculty, innovative curriculum and groundbreaking facilities, we are committed to providing a world-class experience—empowering our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a global economy.
Our programs have never been more fit-for-purpose, enhancing students’ abilities to look at the world through a multi-dimensional perspective, think critically and grasp the fundamental principles that underpin economics and global challenges. Providing a unique opportunity to build a worldwide network and gain firsthand insight into international organizations, our curriculum is both academically and culturally diverse. Our array of bachelor’s, master’s and dual degree programs are designed to give students the analytical and policy skills they need to succeed in a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, including public affairs and lobbying, think tanks and NGOs, business-government relations, and ESG and sustainability.
The school’s global mindset is evident in everything from the diversity of our student body to the state-of-the-art facilities. Three-quarters of our students are international, representing over 140 nationalities. This diversity is reflected in our classrooms—our multicultural learning environment not only fosters cross-cultural understanding and respect, but also transforms students into invaluable assets in today’s job market.
IE School of Global and Public Affairs offers students a multitude of cultural experiences through internships, study abroad programs, dual degree master’s programs with other universities, workshops, masterclasses, networking activities, and more. Our partnerships with governmental and multilateral organizations—including the OECD and UNSSC—and our connections with professional bodies—such as APSIA, CIVICA and NASPAA—put students at the heart of an ecosystem of change-makers from day one. And, with access to resources such as the IE Talent & Careers team, as well as our extensive alumni network, our students enjoy benefits and access to far-reaching, lifelong connections.
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IE School of Global and Public Affairs is where inquisitive students emerge as thoughtful leaders. With several graduate and undergraduate programs, a state-of-the-art research center, labs, and hundreds of events, students are fully engaged in international activity.
What makes IE School of Global and Public Affairs unique?
The school brings the concept of international learning and cosmopolitanism to new heights. Our global mindset is reflected strongly both inside and outside of the classroom: three quarters of our students are international, and over 140 nationalities are represented in our campuses in Madrid and Segovia.
Students are able to put theory to practice from the very start, with opportunities ranging from internships to networking sessions. Our immersion week and exchange options take learning global. Thanks to our connections to over two hundred prestigious universities in fifty countries worldwide, students enrich their learning with an international outlook and a global mindset.
What does IE School of Global and Public Affairs seek to achieve?
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the complex and changing roles of international relations, public affairs and economics have never been more important. Our programs enhance students’ abilities to look at the world through an interconnected, multidimensional perspective. Our graduates think critically and analytically, work with data, and grasp the increasingly complex principles that underpin economics and global challenges in the digital and tech era.
What partnerships will students benefit from while attending IE School of Global and Public Affairs?
IE School of Global and Public Affairs partners with multilateral organizations, governmental organizations, private stakeholders, and nonprofits alike—putting students at the heart of an ecosystem of changemakers from day one. We develop our programs in close partnership with institutions, such as the United Nations and the OECD, allowing our students to work in the real world alongside forward-thinking organizations daily.
Our network and alliance connections give students the opportunities and expertise needed to fulfill their professional ambitions. This includes our memberships to the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the European University of Social Sciences (CIVICA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), among others.
We also partner with companies worldwide to offer real-world experiences. This includes capstone project support from organizations, such as Oxfam International and the Organization of American States (OAS), and firsthand work experience with dozens of institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Development Bank of Latin America, (CAF) or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
How does IE School of Global and Public Affairs continue to influence students after graduation?
IE School of Global and Public Affairs is one of the most diverse academic institutions in the world and has almost 70,000 graduates occupying leading positions in businesses worldwide. Our students engage with and learn from peers and faculty working in organizations, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and different UN agencies or European institutions.
The IE Talent and Careers team offers students direct and up-to-date industry insights from top professionals in the global and public affairs arena. Joining the IE alumni community offers lifelong benefits and far-reaching connections.
IE School of Global and Public Affairs includes prestigious institutions, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations System Staff College, the OAS, and the ICC, as its partners. What do these partnerships mean for the school’s programs, and what opportunities do they offer students?
At IE, we believe that shaping the world’s future leaders requires a holistic understanding of tomorrow. The erosion of trust in institutions, the proliferation of fake news, and the fast pace of technological disruption have created uncertainty exacerbated by global challenges, which include inequality, climate change, and the urgent need to find inclusive and sustainable solutions.
That’s why it is vital we infuse our learning journey with different perspectives that enrich the depth and breadth of our programs. One way to achieve this is by bringing students into contact with partners that offer real-life experience and diverse viewpoints.
We are also strong believers in the need for public and private sectors to work together to solve the world’s biggest problems. By uniting different players from technology, public policy, business, and global affairs, we seek to educate individuals capable of succeeding in a fast-changing and interconnected world.
How do the school’s programs prepare students to be flexible and adapt to an ever-changing world?
Our academic programs combine an interdisciplinary curriculum with hands-on learning and an entrepreneurial mindset. Our students graduate with the knowledge and experience needed to launch or transform their career.
Our programs are designed to prepare global leaders who will confidently stand at the intersection of international relations, economics, development, technology, public policy, and business. The ability to transition between these different spheres of influence and work is central to the design and delivery of all our programs.
What will the next generation of students need to succeed in the field of international development and trade?
We understand that today’s deeply integrated and interconnected world is a complex system that moves at unprecedented speed. In order to fully grasp that complexity, our students must enhance their hard and soft skills while obtaining the necessary flexibility to bring about change. They must develop a critical mindset that questions the status quo, the capacity to adapt and adjust to an ever-changing reality, the ability to seamlessly transition between real and virtual worlds, and the desire to take the necessary risks to achieve sustainable solutions.
What do students gain from their experiences beyond the classroom?
At IE, we are committed to innovation. This is reflected not only by the use of technology in the classroom and beyond but also by our curricula—which are always focused on the latest global developments.
Our new concept, “liquid learning,” combines face-to-face individual and group work, in both real and digital environments, with field exposure, trips, and fellowship opportunities.
All of this is nurtured by the school’s network of partners, enabling us to instill our programs with the best ways to translate theory into practice and policy into delivery. As well, internships and fellowships offer students invaluable exposure to leading institutions, preparing them for their future careers.
How does the IE School of Global and Public Affairs (IEGPA) account for the ever-changing nature of conflict and conflict resolution and of the actors involved?
The nature of conflict and peacebuilding are in constant motion. As seen in the Syrian conflict, social media has altered how organizations recruit fighters and strive for legitimacy. Recent events in sub-Saharan Africa highlight the new role of climate change and environmental scarcity as root causes of civil disorder. New forms of unrest are emerging not only in the developing world but also in the United States and European Union, where radical political movements and breakaway regions threaten the post–World War II status quo. To account for this evolving and increasingly complex panorama, faculty and program directors at IEGPA engage in innovation and renovation of our academic programs and curricula. Our academic faculty, with the values of change and adaptation, are committed to bridging the gap between academic research and the applied world of geopolitics and public policy.
How is IEGPA adjusting its teaching to account for these changes?
How can we address the conflict in Syria without a drastic reconsideration of European policy on asylum and refugees? How do we re-integrate fighters into “post-conflict” society when they’re from all corners of the globe? Beyond re-integrating fighters, how can we better heal the physical and psychological wounds of conflict’s innocent victims and bystanders? The answers often lie at the intersection of sectors all too often studied in isolation: the international and domestic, the public and private, the strategic and operational. At IEGPA, our programs emphasize the hard and soft skills necessary to transcend these narrow sectoral distinctions and design integrative solutions to today’s conflict problems and processes. Alongside traditional courses in conflict resolution, geopolitics, and area studies, our programs include courses in new technologies, project design and management, adaptive leadership, and policy innovation. We believe this entrepreneurial, transcendental approach to the study of international affairs unlocks students’ potential as global problem solvers and impact makers.
How are you considering technology’s role in mitigating or sparking conflict?
New technologies are at the heart of what we do at IEGPA. The Center for the Governance of Change, one of the school’s affiliated research and learning centers, is dedicated to understanding how new technologies are changing economics, politics, and society and how governance institutions and public policies must respond to these technological revolutions. In no area is the role of new technologies more relevant than conflict and peacebuilding—they have fundamentally altered how conflicting groups recruit combatants, manage organizations, and strive for legitimacy. From the use of cell phones in sub-Saharan Africa, to Russia-funded Twitter trolls in American and European elections, to the use of social media by the Islamic State, research is emerging that highlights technology’s role in facilitating new forms of conflict. However, we at IEGPA also believe that new media have a place in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Social media and virtual reality platforms provide game-changing ways of reaching people across geographic, social, and ideological divides. Properly mobilized and in the right hands, new technologies can be valuable tools for conflict resolvers.
Why does your School aim to educate for “the world of tomorrow”?
The world is changing at an exponential pace. In the last three decades life expectancy increased by an average of three months per year lived, century-old companies ceased to exist and many of the jobs performed by humans for generations were taken over by robots and algorithms. In the last two years alone humanity produced more data than in the previous twenty millennia. Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, the biological and medical sciences and many others will mean that the world where our graduates will live will be very different to the one we know today. Many more of our jobs will be automated, we will have redefined the concept of privacy and of security, and the boundaries between local and global will have become completely blurred. This complex and interdependent world will be in dire need of leaders capable of navigating it and of guiding its companies, institutions and governments. We aim to be at the forefront of the process of educating those leaders both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
How does the IE educate its students to address current and future challenges?
At IE School of International Relations we are committed to innovation in education. This is not only reflected in the use of technology in the classroom and beyond but also in how our teaching is always focused on trends of change. We do not educate for the past but for the future. This requires linking our teaching to the latest advances in the fields of technology and innovation and leveraging the power of the humanities to make sense of such a rapidly changing landscape. It also requires providing our students with a solid foundation on how the private sector works. We are strong believers in the need for the public and private sectors to work together to solve some of the greatest problems of our time. By bringing together knowledge about technology, public policy, business and global affairs we seek to educate individuals capable of succeeding in an ever-changing world.
What is the IE experience and what sort of careers do IE graduates have?
The IE School of International Relations is a cosmopolitan institution. The vast majority of our students are international. Our language of instruction is English. And our students get to spend time in both Madrid, the over-4-million-strong capital of Spain, and in Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the IE owns a beautiful 13th century monastery.
Our Bachelor and Master in International Relations graduates have gone on to work for some of the world’s largest corporations in strategy, business development and institutional affairs departments. Some are working for multilateral institutions such as the United Nations or the World Bank. Others have gone into politics and the public sector more broadly. Others, in turn, are helping some of those in need in our world through their work in NGOs and other philanthropic institutions. Overall, our graduates have made the most of their education and are working at the frontier of global affairs. We are very proud of them. I encourage readers to join us here in Spain, to accept future challenges affronting humanity and to take part in our vast alumni community currently continuing to make the world a better-governed place for all.