On Wednesday we had the opportunity to welcome Wacef Chiha, the Tunisian Ambasssador in Spain, to Schiller’s Madrid campus. Arranged by Schiller’s own Dr. Rafe Jabari, his Excellency Wacef Chiha led the conference on the Tunisian transition towards democracy, in which he described the history of the country and key aspects of this movement.
Ambassador Chiha started the conference by briefly describing the current situation in Tunisia, a country that has achieved passing the most progressive constitution of the Arabic world, and that is currently moving towards empowering women and Tourism as leading factors to secure an open democracy.
While describing the nation’s history, Ambassador Chiha was resolute, “the only element that has proven to be successful when starting democracy is education,” where other countries try imposing this by force, it is by wisdom and knowledge that truly creates a lasting change in society. This can be seen since the country’s early days and was key when gaining independence from France, which was less traumatic than those of its neighboring countries because it was based on negotiation rather than fought for.
Tunisia’s constitution of 2014 was a great achievement when solidifying a quorum between political parties, Islamic and Laic. Being accepted by all parties stated the importance of a civil state separating religion from its governance and creating the opportunity for an open democratic state.
When describing the country’s current situation, the Ambassador was confident that this transition has helped strengthening its relations to Europe, Spain in particular, giving way to a growing Tourism sector.
We are extremely grateful for Ambassador Chiha’s chat, and all the diplomats and ministers present at the conference together with the Madrid Campus Director, Isabel Campbell, and Schiller’s President, Dr. Alonso Manuel Puig. This was an amazing opportunity to gain insight into the evolving democracy in North Africa and how this will impact international relations between Spain and Tunisia.
University has always been the place were knowledge, wisdom and experience is passed on to new generations. For our student body, especially our International Relations and Diplomacy students, understanding a country’s culture and government and how it relates to other regions of the world is key to their future development.
We are honored to be a part of the diplomatic conference hosted by his Excellency the Ambassador of Tunisia in Spain, Mr. Wacef Chiha, who will introduce us to the “Tunisian Transition and its Relation to Spain”.
Do not miss this amazing opportunity to gain insight into the evolving democracy in North Africa and how this will impact international relations between Spain and Tunisia on Wednesday at 10am at Schiller’s Madrid campus.
Travelingua is a Spanish organization that works with American companies in order to provide students with Internship programs and employment opportunities in the USA. The company works to organize these internships and make them accessible for students from all over the world. These internships encompass a wide range of positions, such as working at camps, to working in amusement parks, or even working alongside top level executives of certain businesses. Most internships take place during the summer months, with some being year round.
Travelingua aims to ease the process by taking care of the visa that is needed for foreigners in order to work in the USA, along with providing students with health insurance, a 24/7 help system, and many other services. Students or recent graduates now have an easy, helpful way to find internships and work programs within the United States that can help them to build their future career plans.
During the SIU Talk – Employment and Internships in the USA, Lucía Viudes from Travelingua was able to convey the company’s main goal, and it is a strong one. Internships are a helpful tool before entering today’s competitive job market. Having practical, hands-on experience will separate tentative job candidates, making students appear much more attractive to potential employers. The fact that Travelingua takes care of the entire visa process is also an important one, as it is the hardest part of being able to work in the United States for non-nationals.Students are also granted a grace period after their internship in order to travel around the United States.
Students, both American and non-American, should undoubtedly take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, as they can have the best summer of their life while working and preparing for their future.
We are extremely grateful to our hardworking Career Services Department for putting together this informative SIU Talk.
Our esteemed faculty here at Schiller’s Madrid Campus is always looking for ways to show our students the different business opportunities waiting for them outside these campus walls. One of the most appealing is of course, the path of entrepreneurship. Although this option might seemingly be “on trend” to some, it is nevertheless, a very challenging route. This is why we never miss the chance of bringing interesting startups, entrepreneurs, and CEO’s who think outside of the box, to come and share their experience in our SIU Talks with our hopeful and future business owners.
On Thursday, February 8th, our students met and heard from Fon de Luján, one of the founders and CEO’s of Parafina Co, a company that manufactures and sells sunglasses made of recycled materials and donates a fraction of their proceeds to NGO’s that improve and implement schools in underprivileged countries.
These are not simply good deeds that the company executes, but are rather pillars of their global mission. Socially aware and eco-friendly, Parafina Co, has found its place in the Business to Business market as a provider for retailers such as El Corte Inglés, the Spanish superpower that forms the largest department store group in Europe and ranks fourth worldwide. Parafina has also collaborated with different brands such as Chupa Chups.
De Lujan was extremely candid during his SIU Talk, and opened up to the students about some of their failures and struggles and shared about how they grew and learned from those experiences. He also encouraged our students to create something new and gave them key tools on how to accomplish their goals by answering questions during the final Q&A.
We are so grateful to Fon de Lujan and our Undergraduate Program Director, Jose B. Pinto, for this amazing SIU Talk, and are looking forward to the next one!
The necessity of confronting and facing real-life and professional situations is one of the most challenging and stimulating experiences for a student. Therefore, Schiller International University’s Madrid campus will host a special session where students from all over the world will hear from a national successful company with great future projections.
After welcoming companies such as El Ganso, One Oak brand and Yamimoto, our International Business program course on Multicultural Competency for Business will host Parafina & Co, a disruptive brand that creates sunglasses and RX eyewear which blend unique and eco-friendly materials with a radical inspiration and a strong social trigger. During the session, Fon de Luján, one of its co-creators, will share with the students everything about Parafina & Co’s business project and the challenge of creating a successful model.
Throughout the duration of the course, the students will have the opportunity to design, structure and present several international market expansion plans adapted to the brand’s DNA. Every participant will pick a different country and present the expansion proposal to the CEO. Thanks to their proposal, Parafina & Co will get useful and key considerations regarding their expansion process.
The presentation will take place at Schiller’s Madrid campus on Thursday, February 8th at 13h. Feel free to drop by and hear more from this unique company.