The Council for European Studies (CES) is based in New York at Columbia University and is one of the biggest academic organizations in the world that produces and funds multi-disciplinary research on Europe and European Studies. The 26th Annual Conference of the CES was held at Carlos III University in Madrid from the 20-22 of June this year, and it attracted more than 1100 scholars from all over the world in almost 200 panels. The overall topic this year was Sovereignties in Contention: Nations, Regions, and Citizens in Europe.
Schiller International University’s Madrid campus was represented by a panel dedicated to the Catalonian separatist movement under the title “Catalan Separatism: Causes and Consequences.” It was organized by Fernando de Vicente, Lola Romero, Chris Kostov, Alexandra Aaron and Aranzazu Narbona.
Professor de Vicente’s presentation, “The Catalonian Crisis: Legal Implications and Consequences,” dealt with the constitutionality of the attempted referendum in Catalonia, while Professor Romero’s presentation, “The Catalan Language in the Sovereignty Process: Linguistic Implications,” tackled the importance of the Catalan language for the formation and maintenance of a strong Catalan national identity. Professor Kostov addressed the issue of the manipulative use of the educational system and quasi-embassies abroad called Catalonian houses by the Catalonian separatist leaders in order to promote their separatist agenda domestically and abroad in his presentation, “Textbooks and Delegations Abroad as Pathways to Catalonian Independence.”
SIU Madrid Registrar and Professor, Alexandra Aaron, who is also a Schiller Alumnus, analyzed the impact of the illegal Catalonian referendum for the largest companies based in Catalonia during her presentation on “Economic Consequences and Market Analysis Driven by Political Instability in Catalonia.” Professor Narbona’s presentation “New Evidence onFirms’ Location Decisions: Is Catalonia Losing Appeal?” focused on the impact of the Catalonian referendum on future investments in the Spanish region.
All of the Schiller faculty presentations were very well accepted and will be published in an academic volume on Nationalist and Separatist Movements in Europe next year.
Costas Miltiades joined SIU in May this year and he is teaching the IR&D Workshop on International Negotiations focusing on the theories and aspects of international diplomatic negotiations. This course also examines traditional and emerging negotiation strategies with a view to providing students an insight to the complexities of the international negotiation process.Continue reading “Meet Schiller Paris Faculty member – Costas Miltiades, former senior diplomat from Cyprus”
We would like to congratulate Mr. Fabrizio Veneziano, member of the Paris Campus staff, for successfully completing the Data Scientist certificate delivered by the CEPE/Ensae (École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique), “one of the most prestigious French Grandes Ecoles of engineering and a member of ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology) [also] known as the branch school of École Polytechnique for statistics, data science and machine learning” (source).
|Data science is a discipline at the crossroads between statistics and IT which “employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information science, and computer science, in particular from the subdomains of machine learning, classification, cluster analysis, data mining, databases, and visualization.” (ibid.)
The goals of a data scientist can be more oriented towards analytics descriptions or towards predictive modeling, and often start from data mining actions to collect and clean information needed for the analysis from either structured or non-structured data, and include a data visualization part to present the results to both a technical and non-technical audience, as well as to extract patters which are hard to derive from numerical outcomes only.
Two languages in particular are widely employed by data scientists, that is Python and R, along with a host of different technological tools such as SQL, Hadoop, and Apache Spark among others, the last two in particular are a popular choice for dealing with big data and exploiting cloud storage and distributed computing.
Deep learning in particular has become a major asset in the toolbox of data scientists in a number of different fields including web and business analytics, a domain of increasing relevance for international business or business administration students.
Staff Spotlight, Jeanette Espinal
Meet Jeanette Espinal, Schiller University’s Corporate Registrar. Jeanette has been working with SIU since the beginning of 2017 and has been in the industry for over 7 years. She begun in the Financial Aid department, then moved to the Registrar department and most recently served as a Campus President. Jeanette describes herself as seeing things in “black and white”, which is why she enjoys her job and the compliance aspect of it in abundance. She sees the role of the registrar in any school as the “central piece of the puzzle the keeps the whole puzzle connected”, while maintaining the academic integrity and carrying out the mission of the University.
Personally, Jeanette is from Jersey with roots from the Dominican Republic and is very proud of her heritage. When asked what her hobby is, she explained that it’s enjoying different cuisine from around the world. Before moving to the Tampa Bay area she lived in West Palm Beach, where she goes back often to see her family.
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