At Schiller International University we always strive to give everyone the opportunity to come and meet with us, professors and staff, to know more about what is happening right now and what our vision is for the coming months.
That is why we create an open doors night, when current and future students, parents and even alumni come to spend some time together and get to know each other. A moment when we can all disconnect from our daily busy schedule and enjoy.
It is also an opportunity to get to know each students academic development and how as a university we support the continuous growth of every individual.
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As a university we always aim towards developing our students understanding of the business world outside of Schiller‘s walls. Last week we had the opportunity to meet Javier Goyeneche, President and Founder of Ecoalf, a company that strives to give life to the waste produced in industrialized countries, and create fashionable clothing and accessories without compromising its quality, design, and technical properties.
Javier started Ecoalf in 2009, creating a company that would satisfy his frustration with the excessive use of natural resources in our modern world. One of his deepest concerns was closing the the gap between fashion and recycled materials, in his own words, “We are a fashion company and we aim to solve this world’s waste problem along the way, but no one is going to buy an ugly jacket.” The company is built upon their motto: “There is no planet B” aiming to encourage customers and enthusiasts to solve current environmental issues.
During the talk, Javier shared his passion to create a business with a purpose that goes beyond its benefits. When describing his network, he talked about his numerous encounters with fishermen in Spain and some other countries, and his collaboration to recycle their nets to make something that would become valuable to everyday ordinary people.
Commonly when meeting with professionals and entrepreneurs, the main topic of conversation could be benefits, net worth, or next quarter’s projections, and it easily transpires that the significance of what they are doing is found in the monetary return they earn from it. Instead, Javier shared about his adventure to create something that generations to come could be grateful for, and his company’s ability to open people and government’s minds to the necessity of changing the way we use the waste we produce.
We want to thank all students, staff and guests that attended, especially Jose Pinto, our Undergraduate Advisor, for putting this together. This truly was a significant meeting that expanded our horizons to think differently and to find a greater purpose in our workplace.
Our Annual graduation ceremony was held last week here at Schiller International University´s Madrid campus. It was an unforgettable evening with students, family, friends, professors, and all those that were a part of the journey that led to this moment.
Everything we do as a university here leads to this moment, when the students finish their courses and embark on their career. Some will continue here in Madrid, some will go back home, and some will go on new adventures, taking with them not only knowledge, but the experience acquired between the walls of our institution.
It was a day for both our Undergraduate and Graduate students to celebrate together the time spent in this adventure and the journey ahead. As our guest speaker Richard Vaughan, CEO and founder of Vaughan Group said, “Remember it’s all about the long run,” you continue a journey that will define you and the ones around you, run your race, it’s a long one, but a rewarding one.
We have seen you from walking through the door through your admissions process to graduation, every struggle and success, always looking at your passion and determination to creating a better tomorrow. Now we truly believe that the best is yet to come for each of you.
Finally, we want to remember all those that were involved in the process. You encouraged us to dream far beyond our imagination. Thank you, we could not have made it without you.
Our professors here at SIU Madrid are always inviting new entrepreneurs and CEO’s who think outside the box, in order to inspire our students to dream the impossible. Pablo Fernández, Co-Founder of clicars.com, was with us this week sharing his experience about how he came from humble beginnings to become co-founder of a company that is reshaping the business model for used cars sales.
During this SIU Talk, Pablo emphasized the true meaning of success and the important role that failure plays into it. When describing his journey he said, “Failure is needed if we are to succeed in any area of life. Don’t stress when you fail, it is part of the process.” He encouraged our students to dream the impossible, knowing that he is a clear representation of how everyone can achieve what they want in life if they just set their minds on a goal, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. Continue reading “SIU Talk – Dreaming the Impossible”
University is filled with those courses that cannot be understood unless you experience them in the professional field. That is why our professors at SIU are constantly looking for new opportunities for our students to discover these areas.
One example of this is our trip to “Mercado de la Paz,” an event hosted by Edgar Barroso, Professor and Director of our Hospitality and Tourism program. During the excursion, our students from the Food and Beverage Management class had the opportunity to see firsthand how they can develop a successful business model around this concept.
El Mercado de la Paz is a traditional marketplace established in 1882 close to where the Schiller Madrid campus is located in the Salamanca neighborhood. It is one of the most renowned marketplaces in the district, due to its modern design with iron work and is always bustling during lunch time everyday of the week.
The marketplace has more than 60 booths offering a great variety of products for everyone to enjoy, including our students who did not miss the opportunity, not only to learn how to select products for their future businesses, but to enjoy the select Spanish delicacies served in every corner.