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Javier Solana calls on ESADE MBA students to “be part of the leadership of the world”

solana mbaAddressing some 500 participants from the ESADE MBA classes of 2010 and 2011, of 46 nationalities, ESADE Professor Javier Solana, asked them to not only to concentrate on their careers, but focus also on the globalised world in which we live. “Geopolitics will be very important for your future life” he stated. In his first address as professor of ESADE, Javier Solana touched upon some of the issues that are changing the geopolitical landscape. Firstly he highlighted the transfers of power between countries and within countries post financial crisis, pointing out the changing roles of non-state actors, as well as the shift caused by population growth and the transfer of GDP, from West to East. Also on population changes, he highlighted, “By 2020, half of the population of Africa will be under the age of 18 years of age. This has massive implications for all of us. We all need to be aware of it.” “The world of today is a multipolar world without sufficient multilateralism—and this is very difficult to handle” Prof. Solana said. He went on to explain that Europe has a long history of multipolarity dealt with by war, rather than multilateralism. He continued that the creation of the EU was a positive consequence of this, but that now we must build a structure of governance that will protect peace throughout the world. Prof. Solana called for global solutions to global problems, a profound change in mindset and the involvement of all new countries in world governance. “The G7 and G8 are obsolete, it is important to change the structure of governance to better reflect reality.” He noted that the institutions created post-war, particularly the IMF, World Bank and the WTO must be transformed. “Brazil, China, India, etc must be incorporated” he said, “it makes no sense, for example, for Belgium to have the same number of votes in the IMF, as China.” Focusing on the key challenges for the future Prof. Solana first discussed poverty. “It is true that globalization has produced many benefits for many people.” he stated, “in China, a vast number of people, more than the entire population of the US have risen out of poverty in the past three decades, large parts of the country still lives below the breadline … Do not forget that poverty is not only unacceptable, but will become a source of instability for everyone in the future: we need to solve the issue.” He advised. The second fundamental problem Prof. Solana highlighted is the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 20% uranium enrichment program will cause difficult consequences for the region and the world” he noted. The other major issue he pointed out was climate change. “This is a real and extreme problem” he began, “we have to organize the world in such a manner that every country is willing to do its part to cut CO2, it is not enough for a

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few to try… we must see how we can solve this problem today, not tomorrow. It will only get worse. We mustn’t stifle China’s and India’s development with these measures, but we must cut CO2 emissions.” He called for “Responsible Sovereignty” noting that states cannot just do what they want in this arena. Following Prof. Solana’s address, Dean of ESADE Business School, Alfons Sauquet opened the floor to questions. An MBA participant from Nigeria got the ball rolling by asking about Prof. Solana’s views on terrorism. “It is an important challenge we must all be aware of” Prof. Solana responded, “Terrorism is never acceptable. We must combat terrorism and also look into the reasons that make someone becomes a terrorist.” Other questions focused on Chavez, the current situation in Israel and Palestine, the future of developmental aid, the role of the IMF, the accession of Turkey to the EU and the role of China in the coming decades, among others. Concluding Prof. Solana said “Carry these ideas close to your minds and hearts. It is people like you and institutions like ESADE who can make a difference, we are global citizens, we must engage and commit to the problems of the world at large. There are many, but there are also many solutions. I hope you will be part of these solutions.”

ESADE up three places in European Business School Ranking

Global paper The Financial Times publishes its “ranking of rankings”

BusinessSchoolRankGuides.qxp:Layout 1ESADE Business School has moved up three positions to place eighth in the Financial Times European Business School ranking published today. An amalgamation of the programme-focused rankings published by the FT throughout the year (MBA, EMBA, MSc and Executive Education) this ranking of rankings is intended to give an overview of the business schools as a wholediscount christmas inflatables.

ESADE took part in all the Financial Times rankings concerned, with the exception of the EMBA ranking, the school moved up in all those it was rated in. In the MBA ranking, ESADE holds seventh place in Europe, in MSc’s, eighth, in Open Executive Education Programmes, ninth and in Custom Executive Education Programmes, fifth. The school’s steady improvement in the rankings reflects its commitment to excellence in all its programmes and particularly its rapid response and ability to adapt to changes in the needs of participants, client companies and recruitersdiscount christmas inflatables.

This year saw ESADE launch the world’s first flexible MBA, which students can choose to study in 12, 16 or 18 months depending on their specific needs. The ESADE MBA class of 2010/11, with 87% of its participants from outside of Spain, hailing from some 45 countries, is also the most international it has ever been.

The school’s MSc programmes are enjoying the extra room for growth derived from their move to ESADE’s purpose-built San Cugat Campus, just outside Barcelona. International students from all over the world are attracted to the Master in International Management, Master in Marketing Management and the new Master in Finance.

In the area Open Executive Education programmes, last month ESADE launched a new Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered in Madrid and Barcelona with an intensive module at Wharton, while the school’s Program for Management Development (PMD) – offered in Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires and Cordova) Uruguay (Montevideo) and Brazil (Curativa and Campinas) – continues to be popular along with the ESADE-St Gallen Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) (with modules in St. Gallen, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona).

ESADE’s custom programmes, imparted on clients’ premises or at ESADE’s Madrid, Barcelona and Buenos Aires campuses, as well at partner schools in other parts of the world, were rated particularly highly by the FT, reflecting the excellent levels of client satisfaction with the programmes. ESADE is heavily involved in corporate universities as well and organises a an annual forum on developments in this area. Clients of custom programmes include Telefonica, Bunge, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Intermon Oxfam, IBM, Kpmg, Wagonlit, and Deutsche Bank, among others.

“With the opening of the ESADE San Cugat Campus and the neighbouring open innovation centre, ESADECREAPOLIS, the hiring of a number of new international professors and a plethora of great developments at a programme level, 2009 has been a busy yet rewarding year for ESADE, we are pleased that the ranking reflects this” states Alfons Sauquet, Dean of ESADE Business School.

To see the full ranking click here

To read the interview with ESADE Dean Alfons Sauquet published in the Financial Times today click here

BusinessWeek ranks ESADE number 4 in the world for Custom Executive Education programmes

bweekESADE Business School has moved up in each of the three bi-annual rankings published by BusinessWeek today for Custom Executive Education Programmes, Open Executive Education programmes and the Executive MBA. The rankings, which all measure client satisfaction, once again place ESADE as one of the global leaders in business education. In custom programmes ESADE placed 4th in the world (1st outside the US) only surpassed by Duke, Insead and CCL. This achievement reflects the school’s work in designing and imparting programmes for clients such as Bertelsmann, Bunge, Deutsche Bank, Ford, Pfizer, Repsol, Volkswagen and many others. In addition, ESADE’s leadership in the area of Corporate Universities exemplified

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by the school’s annual Corporate Universities Forum in Madrid, attended by the Training and HR directors of multinationals such as BBVA, PriceWaterhouse, Santander, Telefonica, and Union Fenosa, many of which are also clients, is thought to have played a role in the ranking. In open programmes ESADE moved up three places to hold the 11th position in the world (5th outside the US). This result is based on the feedback gained from participants of general management programmes such as ESADE’s Programme for Leadership Development (offered in Bilbao, Madrid, San Sebastian and Seville), the Advanced Management Programme (offered Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Madrid), and Programme for Management Development (offered in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cordoba (Argentina), Curitiba (Brazil), Madrid and Montevideo (Uruguay) as well as a number of regional capitals across Spain). ESADE’s Executive MBA programme taught in Madrid or Barcelona, with international modules in the UK, the US, India and China moved up four places to number 17 in the world (4th outside the US). This part-time programme, taught every other week on Fridays and Saturdays as well as through five intensive modules, attracts participant profiles from many different sectors and includes and adaptation of ESADE’s well renowned LEAD programme. Overall BusinessWeek rates ESADE as one of the four best business schools in the world in the areas of Leadership, Strategy and General Management. While the rankings are mostly dominated by American schools ESADE is one of only six non-US schools to be consistently ranked. To see the ranking and read BusinessWeek’s analysis of it, click here.

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