The Schiller International University learning community shares the world’s concerns related to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the events from these unprecedented times continue to evolve, we want to assure our students, faculty, staff, alumni and other international community stakeholders that we continue to monitor this situation. Based upon campus-specific governmental directives in France, Germany, Spain and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), we are continuously putting processes in place to ensure our learning communities are safe and that our students continue to academically succeed in their programs of study.
Thus far, our response strategies have included quick, well-deliberated and communicated actions, continued instruction that is compliant with accreditation and academic partnerships, cultural contextual components such as international travel requirements, and adopted plans for prevention based upon recommendations from CDC. If any members of our university community have questions, concerns, or need encouragement, please contact one of our Campus Directors. We are committed to continuing the teaching and learning process that includes delivery of high quality academic programs to new and existing students. Our goal is to ensure student progression that promotes on-time graduation.
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Thank you for your support through these challenging times.
Dr. Manuel Alonso
Dr. Craig McClellan
When we think about higher education we normally think of big classrooms, heavy books and hours and hours of studying. While this is certainly the case most weeks, there is only so much you can learn from reading a book. At the end of day those are simply ideas jotted down on a piece of paper therefore, there must be another way to get that information.
At Schiller we know human interactions are the best way to learn, and while we can learn from everyone around us, there are certain people that deliver a far greater understanding than the average man or woman. Those are the people we look for and invite to speak to our students.
This time one of our Professors, Jose Pinto, invited the former Minister of Tourism and Culture, Guillermina Mekuy to speak at our event, Africa Visits SIU. Ms. Mekuy is a writer, Politian and businesswoman passionate about education and especially empowering women to help them overcome the current struggles of the XXI century.
During the event, Ms. Mekuy shared her experience as a young writer aged only 17 years old. She discussed her studies in Madrid which helped her start her career in politics and the opportunities and challenges which she came across.
She inspired our students to never let their young age hinder their career by emphasizing that we should never use young age as an excuse for our lack of determination. If she could do it so can every young man and woman with the right mindset, skills and opportunity.
Following the talk, we had the pleasure of enjoying several different recipes from all over Africa. As SIU Madrid students understood, food plays a big role in African culture, and everyone certainly agreed by welcome these delicacies and enjoying a meal with the SIU family.
Here at Schiller we didn’t just throw the word International in our name as a publicity stunt, it is a part of our DNA. This is why our Student Council creates trips for the students to enjoy and learn from. This time around our students had the opportunity to visit Moldova, a country greatly under appreciated by the tourism community.
After the Moldovan Ambassador came to our university and everyone got to enjoy Moldovan food and wine, our student body knew they had to discover more about this country. Having a Moldovan in our midst (hello Catalina!) it was the perfect time to organize a visit and discover the country.
And as they say over here in Spain “lo bueno, si breve, dos veces bueno.” So instead of booking a big trip, the students prepared a quick discovery tour of the country. Once our students arrived they were able to see how the culture and life was distant from what you might have initially thought. The prices are affordable, people are warm and have a very high level of English. Since discovering the gastronomy and the winery of the country was a must, that was the first stop after the flight, and no one was disappointed!
During the trip students had the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic locations, such us the Parliament, where our SIU family had the great opportunity to meet with a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a quick guide on Moldova’s foreign policy.
A big thank you to those organizing this adventure. Everyone on the trip had the opportunity to discover a country many have yet to know about.
Ideas move the world, or at least that is what they say. But how can ideas move the world if they are not put into action? This is precisely what our SIU Alumni came to show us, how an idea through action can become an entrepreneurship project.
Led by Jose Antonio Sarrado, PH D in Law, expert in International banking, and SIU Alumni Iñigo Gastón, Daniel Lorente, Álvaro Lozano and Juan Bartolozzi, the chat inspired us to put our different dreams into action.
To give you an idea of the event, Juan Bartolozzi spoke about his Cybersecurity company, giving us examples of how important it is to invest in our internet security. Daniel Lorente shared about his Events company and how you need to know the legal framework in order to create your company. Iñigo, while still developing his idea, wanted to emphasize how important timing is in business, and finally, Alvaro Lozano spoke about his Catering company and how an innovative idea or the right strategy can lead to starting a great business. Also, we had the opportunity to taste some of his work, take a look at the pictures below!
As always big thank you to our Student and Career Services Department for organizing this amazing event, as we all grew from this experience. Understanding that a business is not only something you can be hired for, but also create.
At Schiller we understand that learning is not exclusive to the classroom and that is why our professors focus a good chunk of class-time towards visits and activities that are associated to the assignments and coursework. With this is mind, our students went on a day trip of “Retiro: Not for Tourists” organized by Professor Pinto.
The day started with a private tour to Madrid’s Royal Observatory, uncovering the secrets and astronomical jewels hidden in this place, such us a meridian circle, a collection of precision clocks, a bronze mirror polished by W. Herschel and a Foucalt’s pendulum in the central rotunda displaying the daily rotation of the earth. But if we are being honest, the most interesting instrument was the large equatorial telescope by Grubb, dating from 1912.
After that the students got the chance to visit the most renown landmarks of Retiro like the Cristal Palace, Rose Garden and the statue of The Fallen Angel. During the walk, the Public Speaking class experimented with a unique experience for the park, imitating the Speaker´s Corner in London, and started to give improvised speeches in English gathering the attraction –and some praises!- of the people passing by.
And if you are thinking about the last picture with a tree, that will be the oldest tree in the park, which is an Ahuehuete from Mexico, dating around 1630.