The group that guided the creation of IESE's MBA program back in 1964, and which still meets annually, will convene on IESE's campus today. The Harvard-IESE Committee includes faculty members from both schools, and meets to discuss global trends in management education, as well as joint research and teaching projects.
The meeting underscores the close ties that IESE has shared with Harvard throughout its development. Over the years, IESE has collaborated frequently with Harvard Business School to offer international executive education.
IESE currently offers the Global CEO Program for China, for example, together with HBS and CEIBS. Aimed at senior executives in China, the program sharpens participants' leadership skills and broadens their vision of global markets. The program features modules on the three partner schools' campuses.
Last year, IESE and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government launched the program Driving Goverment Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results, which was held in Madrid. The program was attended by a group of 40 participants comprising senior public executives in charge of public policy in diverse countries such as Belgium, Poland, Italy and Angola.
The recent celebration of IESE's 50th anniversary coincided with Harvard's centennial celebrations. Last year, the late IESE Prof. Eduard Ballarín, president of Harvard's Spanish alumni chapter at that time, delivered a special address at Harvard's centennial event in Madrid, which was attended by leaders of Harvard's 30 European alumni chapters. The Dean of Harvard Business School, Prof. Jay O. Light, spoke at a special ceremony marking IESE's 50th anniversary held in Barcelona.