SIU Talk – Understanding Spanish Politics

It is vital for every International Relations student to understand the political situation they find themselves in. It is only by this understanding that communication and diplomacy can develop and flourish. This week at Schiller’s Madrid campus, renowned journalist Cristina Lladó, came by to talk to our students about the current political sphere and how this will affect elections in Madrid later this month. Lladó studied International Relations in Boston University, is fluent in three languages (Spanish, English and French) and most of her professional career has been dedicated to political journalism, covering more than ten elections to date.

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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.

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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.

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Undress the World – The Cool Cactus

Underwear? Yes, who would have thought that this very covered up industry has an ever-growing demand. Well, Roberto Herranz, Luis Aguilar and his friends had their finger on the pulse of this $120 billion market when they started thinking about starting their own company. They wanted to develop something a bit different than the brands already available on the European market and wanted to move away from relying on imports from abroad. So they decided they were going to make it happen and start something new themselves, and they dubbed it “The Cool Cactus.”

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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.

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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