2021, a year of reuniting
We've reviewed the biggest milestones, news and initiatives that have shaped IESE over the past 12 months
At IESE we'll remember 2021 as a year full of reasons to regain hope.
Photo: Edu Ferrer
December 22, 2021
As 2022 approaches, the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it continue to be a harsh reality that we all have to live with every day. Still, at IESE we’ll remember 2021 as a year full of reasons to regain hope. Because despite the masks, the distancing and the restrictions, over these last 12 months we’ve consolidated activity across our campuses, launched new initiatives and projects, and resumed events that we missed so much.
Record number of MBA students and the number 1 program in the world according to The Economist
The class that began the MBA program this academic year was the largest in IESE’s history, with 387 students. The British publication highlighted as IESE’s strengths in its 2021 ranking the close collaboration between students and teachers, innovative learning methods and personalized master’s training.
IESE is MAD
Our new Madrid campus opened its doors as we inaugurated a spectacular new building that triples the space available in the Spanish capital.
The new campus was the site of the Global Alumni Reunion 2021, which featured more than 35 global experts on business and sustainability.
In person and on campus
Our classrooms have welcomed students and participants from around the world, some of whom had to go through true odysseys to live the IESE experience in person.
The Sound of Purpose
Of all the great stories that have inspired us on campus this year, that of pianist Ignasi Cambra’s ability to adapt has been among the most impressive.
A drone’s eye view
Our professors have taken off their masks to show us what they’re like beyond the cases, books and classrooms.
IESE research in Science
The prestigious Science magazine has published two articles featuring research by our professors: one by Sampsa Samila, which looked at biomedical patents to find links between the presence of women inventors and research into women’s health, and another by Pietro Bonetti, on the relationship between fracking and surface water quality.
Sustainable Leadership Initiative
2021 also saw the creation of a new IESE initiative aimed at contributing to a more enlightened form capitalism, which focuses on creating long-term value and takes into account the needs of all stakeholders and society in general.
Highlights from IESE Insight
Other important research and publications this year have been:
- The Sweeping Change of Net Zero Emissions, by Miguel Duro, José Azar, Igor Kadach and Gaizka Ormazabal.
- Resilience of the Financial System to Natural Disasters, by Xavier Vives.
- The Future of Capitalism issue of IESE Business School Insight.
- Negotiate Good, Negotiate Well, by Kandarp Mehta and Guido Stein.
- La empresa, una comunidad de personas, by Antonio Argandoña.
- Las conversaciones que no tenemos, by Santiago Álvarez de Mon.
Highlights from IESE StandOut
Our IESE StandOut blog has continued to provide advice and inspiration to leaders who wish to grow throughout the different stages of their career, with articles such as these: