It is outside of the classroom where we sometimes find the inspiration for the future we want to create, the career path we want to follow. This is why we always encourage our students to join in on Schiller field trips, like our recent visit to the Global Exchange Headquarters in Salamanca.
This ancient Spanish city certainly has the university vibe every student can appreciate. Salamanca is where the very first university in Spain was established, and still continues to run to date. Our students not only had the chance to visit the historic hallways of the renowned University of Salmanca, but they also had the opportunity to meet one of the companies that is present almost everywhere we go.
Most everyone has been to an airport at some point in their life. When traveling to another country, upon arrival, one typical stop before exiting the airport is the Currency Exchange kiosk. For our international students, it was truly an unforgettable experience to be able to visit the office where the Global Exchange develops its strategy.
The visit was coordinated by one of our favorite Professors here at Schiller Madrid, Joan Fulton, along with our very own Registrar/Professor/Alumni, Alexandra Aaron. International Business students from our Entrepreneurship & New Venture class, along with our Microeconomics students, were able to visit the Global Exchange offices and stop by their incredible IT department, one of their greatest successes due to their partnership with Amazon to create its internet infrastructure. The students were hosted by Global Exchange’s CEO, Isidoro J. Alanis, who also took the time to inspire our students to develop a global strategy for their future.
As the cherry on top of this already fantastic day-trip, the students had the opportunity to enjoy typical Salamancan cuisine, mostly known for its world-famous “jamón.” We sincerely hope our vegetarian students had the opportunity to enjoy it as well. We’ll try and make sure that the next trip is more vegan-centered!
Find more about our visit to Global Exchange here.
Blockchain is the technology everyone is talking about today and according to Iñigo Gastón it has a lot in store for the logistics sector.
A student’s dissertation is the final step towards their degree. It is the moment of truth, when the years of studying, training and exploring the opportunities their university offers are up for display.
Quite often we see students choose their dissertation topic on something they truly love, such as the case with Ana Caballero on our last post. However, choosing the topic becomes a lot easier when you not only love the topic, but you have the opportunity to involve your internship or your current job into it, like Iñigo Gaston.
Iñigo defended his dissertation on “Blockchain: The Future of Logistics,” the first dissertation ever presented about this new pivotal technology that, according to him, will revolutionize logistics.
Since completing his International Business degree, Iñigo has been working for Everis, a consulting group tapping into this new technology. This has given him the opportunity to develop new applications of Blockchain for different companies, driving him to talk more about current experiences during his dissertation. His most recent project at Everis investigates how to diminish needless effort in certain tasks, and even solves situations that seemed impossible to get out of before this technology arrived.
As he explains, Blockchain is the technology that allows companies to be more eco-friendly by reducing the amount of paper used in logistics, thus cutting the costs associated with paper supply. It provides an immediate response to a problem associated with the tracing, delivery or misplacement of products that many companies work hard to create.
The dissertation motivated the audience to discover more about the applications of Blockchain, exemplifying perfectly what a dissertation should do: Not only inform those who are listening, but inspire them for greater opportunities that lie ahead.
You will never regret working on what you love
In order to complete their studies, every SIU student has to write a final dissertation on a topic of their interest. At times, it is about the company where they completed their internship, other times it is about the impact of an event, a person, or a social movement in the international economic environment.
To select a specific case in the vast sea of opportunities available is definitely one of the toughest decisions a student will have to make here at Schiller, indifferently of the Bachelor Degree they are studying. Nonetheless, the best advice we can offer is to choose a topic that will drive you through the process. As Ana Caballero, our recently graduated student would say, “There are a good number of topics that will give you the opportunity to bring to light all that you have studied during these years. However, few of those will drive you with an unrelenting passion that will get you that perfect grade you are striving for.”
The topic Ana chose was something all students know her for, the 60’s and music. She presented “The Socio-Political Influence of Music in the Decade of 1960’s in America.” She represented our main goal as a university, to develop the skills to ensure students not only are able to quote and memorize concepts, but also apply them to analyze past, current, and future events.
Our dissertation or thesis is something we will always remember, the hours of effort spent to create a piece of work we can always say we are proud of. Let this be an encouragement for all current students choosing their dissertation topics this year. Thrive for excellence, follow your passion.
Every university needs students that can lead the way by setting an example for the academic year and create a community that will extend far beyond their time spent in college. This is the precise reason why we hold our Student Council elections each year.
Our Student Council has the opportunity to organize events, trips, and chats to enrich the experiences here at SIU for both current and future students. This privilege can only be given to those who will perform their duties with passion and determination.
After many days of debates and a long voting count, we are glad to announce that the new Student Council for SIU Madrid is:
President: Javier Semmler
Vice-President: Farida Elashmawy
Treasurer: Michael Molatch
We are sure they will be up to the task, taking Schiller Madrid one step forward, developing a tight-knit community of people.