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Moldova Day

SIU Madrid is always proud to prove that the international in our name is not a marketing strategy but the nature and vision for our institution. It is in that chord that, Tuesday September 10th, her excellency the Ambasador of the Republic of Moldova, Violeta Agrici, presented the country to Schiller’s students and staff.

Moldova, a country that many have never heard of, or confuse with the Maldives, has many things to offer. From the amazing landscapes, food, wine, to its people, that will make everyone feel like home.
The Ambassador spoke about the country’s politics and economy, presented its potential as a rapidly growing investment destination and also as an “exotic” tourist destination.

After having learned a bit about Moldova, everyone enjoyed some typical foods: Sarmale, a very old dish brought by the Ottoman Empire, consisting of rice, vegetables, and sometimes meat, all wrapped in vine leaves or pickled cabbage leaves and baked for several hours, Plăcinte, a flaky pastry traditionally filled with cottage cheese, potatoes, or cherries, as a sweet desert, Prunes filled with walnuts and soaked in wine, buttery dough filled with rose jam.

And finally, the staple, the product for which Moldova is known worldwide, it’s wines! SIU students and faculty had a taste of red and white wines, as well as a variety of sparkling white and rosé wines.

We would like to thank everyone from the Embassy who came and showed her support.

Fall 2019 Wine Trip

It has now become an SIU Madrid tradition to welcome the fall semester with our Wine Trip. As a university, we want to see students develop their skills outside the class and see them immerse in the Spanish culture.

It is for that reason that our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor José Pinto, prepared a trip all of us will remember. This time we went to “Finca la Estacada” a vineyard where all SIU family, students and professors, had the opportunity to learn more about how wine is made and the excellence they use in the process.

While we were there we also had the opportunity to have our “Wine Trip Games” a series of competitions between groups of students and professors. So, we all got ready for the challenges and created some wonderful memories of a time well spent.

In the end we all enjoyed a good meal in honor of a Spanish tradition to never leave a place with an empty stomach. We can already assure you we will come back again next year!!

Orientation Lunch

Orientation Day – SIU Madrid

Hello everyone, this is your future self. Today you started a new journey, woke up early, prepared your things and got ready for Orientation Day.
At first you didn’t know what to do, everyone was new and they seemed to have this day figured out, but trust me they felt exactly like you.

I am here to remind you of that day for a specific reason. On that day, you knew you were going to start a new journey, but you didn’t know how great of an adventure it was going to be. This university will give you the opportunity to discover new subjects you never thought about before, but will fall in love with in no time. You will discover that professors can be open and friendly, while also being demanding and tough, shaping you for the future you have ahead. You will also make friends, and not just the ones you shared a hot dog with or sat next to during the orientation speech, but many more interesting ones, from countries you have never visited and cultures you are still curious about.

And here is where it starts – your curiosity, your endless search for answers to questions yet to be asked, for solutions to problems no one else seems to be concerned about. This is where your future starts, your business idea, your career.

You sure enjoyed this first day, but keep your eyes open, it’s about to get even better.


SIU Meets CES Conference

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.

Bangladesh Meets SIU Madrid

They say there are no two countries that are the same, therefore, it is important to see every country as an opportunity to explore and learn something new. This is the idea behind our International Days, it gives every student the opportunity to know more about culture, history and people previously unknown. 

We were honored and pleased to meet his Excellency Mr. Hassan Mahmood Khandker, Bangladeshi Ambassador in Spain, who opened our eyes to a country and history that has sometimes been overlooked. His Excellency shared about the rapid development of the nation, both politically and economically, giving us a positive outlook of the tourism industry in Bangladesh.

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