It has become one of our Schiller traditions to participe in an Annual Vineyard Excursion. This year was not going to be any different. This is what Nada Hssain, one of our current MBA students had to say about this last excursion:
“Our trip to La Estacada was a great learning experience. We were taught several things such as how to find out if the grapes were ready to be picked. The answer might come as a surprise but it’s by tasting the skin of the grape ! If it is bitter then the wine will be bitter.
We also received some insider tips for picking out the perfect barrels to ferment the wine in. Oak is the best wood, it’s toasted on the inside and gives some flavor to the wine but not too much that it becomes overpowering. Where the Oak comes from is also a factor to keep in mind as the wood in certain areas releases more oxygen into the barrel than others.
We had the honor of receiving a personal tour of their facilities and having a wine tasting session. The aromas used, the age of the wine and it’s fermentation was now noticeable from everything we had learned. Starting from an older wine to a younger one and finishing the tasting with a beautiful Merlot that had only been fermenting for a few days. It was a perfect transition from bitter to sweet.”
Thank you to everyone who helped organize this adventure, surely this is a yearly trip that our SIU students will be looking forward to attend again.
Today we would like you to meet Almudena Molina, an International Hospitality and Tourism student here at Schiller Madrid. She started with us in September of 2015 and has not only studied at our campus in Madrid, but also spent some time in our campus in Heidelberg. When asked about her experience here at SIU, this is what she had to say:
“My experience at Schiller International University has been truly amazing! It has given me the opportunity to travel to different countries and learn their cultures. Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management has allowed me to learn much more about the different departments there are within the hotel industry such as Food & Beverage Management, Front Desk Management, and the Reservations Department, just to name a few. This program has also taught me how to interact well with the client and has equipped me with the skills needed to handle difficult situations with customers. If you are looking for a university that offers you a high standard of education, qualified teachers, a great academic curriculum and a truly international environment, then this is your University.”
Stay tuned for more testimonials like Almudena’s coming soon to our website and social media
Today we welcomed our new and returning students to Schiller’s Madrid campus with the kickoff of Orientation Day, one of our personal favorites. The staff, faculty, and students had a great time getting to know each other, as well as discovering all of the new activities that will be happening this coming semester. Of course, it just wouldn’t be the Madrid campus without our newfound Schiller tradition of sharing a delicious Spanish paella together. Without a doubt, it has been a great start for the academic year here at SIU Madrid.
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.