Madame Ching, A Woman That Made History

At Schiller International University we couldn’t be more proud of our student body. We know that everyone who has ever been a part of the Schiller family will influence the world around them. One of our current MBA students, Natalia Malvar, had the opportunity to speak about women in history at the “Women in the Army” conference held in Madrid’s own Universidad Complutense.

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Talgo Visit

Talgo, A Train We Did Not Miss

It’s not everyday that we get to step outside the classroom and discover one of the biggest companies in the locomotive industry, Talgo.

Founded in 1942 by D. José Luis de Oriol y Urigüen, this company has since been in the forefront of speed and comfort, primarily in Spain, expanding to the rest of Europe in the 1960’s and to the US in the 1980’s.

This week our Madrid students visited Talgo headquarters, taking a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process of this now international company. During the visit they learned that the company’s revenue is composed primarily by the maintenance and upkeep required by their clients, rather than actual locomotive sales. This opened our students eyes to the logistics behind an international contract with these characteristics, showing them that it is not only about the product itself, but more so about the quality of service Talgo provides.

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Philippe Kerno

Meet Philippe: from Madrid to Paris

Hear from Philippe from Spain, SIU Madrid student who spent two semesters in the Paris campus. 

Transferring from the Madrid campus to the Paris campus sure was a challenge.

Moving into a new city which I thought I’d dislike but as soon as I got there and saw the campus I started meeting new people right away, and adapting to the classes well. I ended up staying for two semesters because the city was so lively and full of things to do, you sort of have to find your way around but once you have your friends and your places you go to, anywhere can feel like a home. 

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A Global Experience with Global Exchange

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, the future of Logistics

Blockchain: The Future Of Logistics

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.