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How IE University is helping students get an innovative learning experience

By Stephanie L

Updated June 10, 2021 Updated June 10, 2021

Sponsored by IE University

Universities that can orchestrate change and go beyond quick fixes and simple tweaks are best placed to prepare their students for the future. One such institution is IE University in Spain. Since its establishment in 1973, IE University has grown to become one of the most innovative higher education institutions in the world.

In September this year, the university will open the doors to its brand-new tech-based urban campus IE Tower, located in the heart of Madrid’s financial district.

Here is what new and returning students can expect…  

Technological immersion across the curriculum

At IE Tower, students can expect an innovative learning space that seamlessly integrates technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence across its programmes to help cultivate new ideas, enhance creativity and encourage collaboration.

In addition, classrooms are equipped with the technology to deliver online sessions simultaneously as part of the university’s liquid learning model which Teresa Martín-Retortillo, Executive President of IE University Exponential Learning explains.

State-of-the-art facilities and resources

IE Tower is a hub that fosters interaction, innovation and creativity among its 6,000-student community. It’s home to 64 classrooms (some of which boast 360° seating and can be extended to twice their normal size), 30 unique learning spaces, a Venture Lab to accelerate the creation of start-ups, a FabLab to develop architecture and design projects and a 600-person capacity auditorium.

Collaboration of student projects with locally based companies

A university’s location can have a real impact on students’ learning when given the opportunity to collaborate with companies and organisations in the local vicinity.

IE Tower’s ideal location in the Cinco Torres complex sees the university promoting urban and social transformation initiatives, re-energizing Madrid’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and developing new collaborative student projects with international companies through its Venture Lab.

Developing a sustainable mindset

As one of the few high-rise university centres in the world, IE Tower has been built with sustainability in mind. But the university’s dedication to sustainability goes beyond the tower’s sustainable structure and design.

Businesses, organisations and governments need individuals who are able to think on their feet, adapt quickly to change and come up with innovative and inspiring ideas to efficiently tackle corporate and social challenges.

This is where IE University steps up, as it aims to promote social impact initiatives and train students during their studies to become aware of their potential for change and capabilities in having a positive impact on the community.

Sports and leisure and arts and culture activities are encouraged

It is important to know how to strike a healthy balance between your studies and social life. Which is why IE’s Centre for Well-being and Happiness encourages students to make the most of the 7,000 square metres of green spaces, state-of-the-art sports facilities and other recreational spaces at IE Tower.

Playing a team sport, meditating, watching a concert, or visiting one of the tower’s art exhibition areas is an opportunity to take a break from the demands of studying and assignments and enhances your overall university experience.

Lead image credit: IE University

This article was originally published in June 2021 .

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As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com (until September 2021), Stephanie created and published a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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