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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.

As a former History major, Natalia was eager to share about a relevant character known mainly in the eastern hemisphere, Madame Ching, who went from being a prostitute to a lead commander of the pirate confederation. This was definitely a story worth sharing! Here is some of what Natalia spoke about.

“Madame Ching was born in 1775 and worked as a prostitute in the Canton brothels until her mid 20’s, when she married a famous pirate (Cheng I or Zheng Yi) in 1801. Cheng I began to reunite different pirate groups after they could no longer serve as corsairs for the Tay-son dynasty of Vietnam, as the Nguyen dynasty took over in 1802.

By that time, China had a policy to end piracy, even though the Qing (Ch’ing) dynasty had a very weak navy, clearly outnumbered and out skilled by the pirates. They even had to ask for help to the British and Portuguese on several occasions. Cheng I Sao (the wife of Cheng I; Madame Ching) worked as a partner and an equal with her husband, managing all the administrative aspects of the confederation. They had inland power and collected taxes from the coastal villages of the South China Sea.

At times they were kind, but mostly brutal. They used terror and cruelty to intimidate. After the death of her husband in 1807, Cheng Shih (the widow of Cheng) led the confederation and her fleet to battles and captures, and her crew grew from around 40.000 to 70.000 men. In 1810, seeing that some internal conflicts had started to emerge from within her organization, she led a lobby of females pirates to Canton and negotiated their retirement. She was able to have them receive an amnesty, money to settle down, and the higher ranks of her organization changed their names and joined the Qing army. She died in 1844 at age 69, and owned during her retirement one of the most infamous illegal gambling establishments of China.”

In addition to this, Natalia also talked about their naval strategy and the daily life on the ships. Hope this expanded your curiosity on the subject. History is full of stories like this one, people that marked the destiny of hundreds by their relentless effort to change the world as we know it.

The Making of a Great Leader

Here at Schiller International University, we take pride in inviting renowned professionals to invest in our students careers, giving them insight into how the marketplace is growing and towards where it is headed, and to teach them what it takes to become great leaders. This gives our students the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding their career paths and helps them infinitely when choosing an internship or their elective courses.

This week we had the opportunity to learn about Human Resources and how to differentiate ourselves in the global market. The workshop was spearheaded by our very own President, Dr. Alonso Puig, and the guest speaker was none other than, José Medina, Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson.

Odgers Berndtson is a consulting agency that partners with global companies to address their need for talented individuals, teams and leaders, in order to help the company achieve success. They do this by creating a non-transactional partnership that enables businesses around the world to acquire, develop and retain their stronger leaders.

During the chat, José Medina discussed the different skills that all great leaders around the globe have in common. He shared about how to be valued as a leader, create a culture of improvement in the workplace, and develop the social and emotional intelligence needed to enhance the already existing skills each of us already have.

This SIU Talk gave us a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an exceptional leader and also showed us that it is not only our educational background, but also our ability to put our skills into effect, which create long lasting leaders.

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.

It was a truly unforgettable experience, giving every student the opportunity to talk to the Talgo workers, asking every question that came to mind. The locomotive industry may not be one of the trendiest at the moment, but it is definitely one of the most lucrative in Spain and Europe due to its proximity to the city centers, short wait times and more flexible regulations compared to the aviation industry, its main competitor.

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MBA Visit to Burson Cohn & Wolfe

MBA Students Visit Burson Cohn & Wolfe

If we take a moment to consider the biggest industries at the moment, it would be impossible to turn a blind eye to the communication industry. Every company needs a proper communications department – a team of people who can showcase the company’s brand and image to the outside world, create partnerships, share their vision and expand on ideas from the “belly” of the business. 

But what does a company do if they do not know how to navigate their way around the vast world of opportunities we have nowadays to communicate their vision. This is what is at the heart of Burson Cohn and Wolf, a global communications industry that is helping businesses expand their communication towards a whole new level. Which better words to describe this company than their own, “BCW is a new kind of communications agency focused on helping our clients’ move, inspire, engage and lead people in a favorable direction, across all sectors on a global scale. We take a channel agnostic approach, with valuable earned media at the core, to help clients solve tough business challenges through creative ideas, informed by data and powered by technology.”

Our MBA students had the opportunity to visit the brand new BCW offices in Madrid. The experience was eye opening for many, seeing the opportunities and risks of this competitive, fast-paced environment that is communication.

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How To Prepare Your CV

How To Prepare Your CV

Preparing students for the global market is what our university does best, and something we cannot forget is the importance of preparing a professional CV that will reflect our students’ efforts both inside and outside the walls of our institution.

Our Career Services department organized a workshop that was presented by Montserrat Duque, a Psychology graduate and expert in the Human Resources industry. Montserrat shared key aspects to take into consideration when preparing our CV, such us proper formats, key elements and tips to make your name stand out amongst the others.

During the workshop our students not only learned how to develop a professional CV, but also how to respond to a professional call and build up future employers’ expectations for an interview; considering a specific order and certain key elements that must be included or excluded from our CV. She also reminded us to be creative and gave some suggestions on the latest trends, such as the different poses to adopt in a photo to reflect confidence, our professional skills and the importance of visual stimuli.