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.
Competition is at the heart of any business. It is the heart check of a company, proving if the team is up to the task at hand or if there is someone else that can satisfy the market better than them. This is the main reason behind our classes having group projects in which they are pitted against each other, and no other competition here at Schiller Madrid is as intense as Professor Jose Pinto’s Gladiator Games.
During this years Annual Gladiator Games, the Cross-cultural Communication class was divided into different teams, in which each had to present an expansion proposal for the location of the next SIU campus.
The teams analyzed different countries, including Argentina, India, and Switzerland, their infrastructure, higher education system, university life, and their position regarding an international setting. Once this was completed, they found a city where the campus would have the best environment to provide opportunities for students around the globe to build their international career.
Every city had its strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes the political situation was not the most stable for investors to believe in an international campus, while in other cases it was the country’s intricate law system that required a partnership with a local firm. Nonetheless, every campus offered future students the opportunity to continue building their careers upon the same premise we have built our university, “To prepare students, personally and professionally, for future leadership roles in an international setting.”
In the end, there could only be one winner, so congratulations to Team Switzerland for presenting a convincing proposal to our President, Dr. Manuel Alonso Puig, and Campus Director, Isabel Campbell. Stay tuned for the Gladiator Games of 2019!
It’s not everyday that you meet someone as renowned as John de Zulueta, current chairman of Círculo de Empresarios. It is difficult to find someone with this much experience in both the US and Spain. After completing his degree, De Zulueta started working for the Boston Consulting Group, which in his own words, “gave him the opportunity to create the strategic thinking that served him well throughout his career.”
During the event, De Zulueta shared his experience working around the globe and gave all the students the initiative to improve their careers by outsmarting the market. The ones that survive are not those who are the strongest, but those who can adapt. Therefore, we must continually seek to improve our understanding of the environment and adapt our skill set to what is needed now.
During his speech, De Zulueta encouraged our students to discover more about artificial intelligence, digital marketing and Blockchain, while adapting to the new work environments in which there is more teamwork and less hierarchy. This can be seen not only demonstrated in the work ethic, but has already been translated to the physical office, where we see more and more examples of open offices.
However, it is not only about students adapting to this new type of work environment, as De Zulueta said, “Nowadays, the youth that is entering the workforce focuses more on welfare and business benefits, rather than typical salary increases. This forces companies to think about new business compensations outside of common practices.”
We are so thankful to John de Zulueta for coming to our campus and sharing the morning with our students. It is by bringing experienced professionals such as he, that students get to discover the opportunities outside the walls of our university.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
History is not only a course you study, it is the road walked by those before us. It gives us the opportunity to learn from their lives and evolve from what we once were.
One of the great lessons of history is World War II and the horrors it caused in Europe and all over the globe. The biggest example of this is Auswitchz, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp and the most lethal of all.
Our students had the chance to visit the Auschwitz exhibition held here in Madrid, where they could see history without traveling hundreds of miles to where it happened. They could find find small personal belongings from some of the victims, structural elements of the camp, documents and unpublished audio-visual materials that documented what happened.
It may seem as a distraction for students of business or hospitality to visit such a place, but in reality in enriches their understanding of what happened during previous generations. It serves as a universal warning of the dangers that stem from hatred, intolerance, and antisemitism, and make us see human cruelty at its uttermost. It is only by remembering that we never forget and therefore are capable of stopping it from ever happening again.
Because, in the end, as the Philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”