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SIU Madrid Student Highlight

Why SIU Madrid?

I like to do a lot of research before making any kind of decision and that is exactly what I did before enrolling at Schiller Madrid. I found more positive reviews than I could count. I also had someone personally recommend it as the place to go and it was an opportunity I could not pass by.

Why have you chosen to live in Madrid?

Simply because of how friendly the citizens are, they are always happy to help you get where you need to be and lend a helping hand. I also thought this would be a great experience for me to be submerged in a completely different culture as well as take part of traditions very different than my own.

What has been your most interesting experience abroad?

My most interesting experience would be meeting international people. This gives you a whole new kind of educational experience as you learn about their country, culture, and many traditions. It also helps you keep an open mind towards experiencing things you do not know such as a special dish from that country.

How would you want to be remembered?

When I graduate and years have passed, I hope that when my friends think back to their college days they have a thought for me. Not only as someone they knew in college but as a funny, kind person who was always there to give assistance to anyone who needed it.

Benefits of Studying at an American University Overseas – Madrid

If you were to search the web for information on studying abroad, you would likely find 10 Reasons, 25 Benefits, 15 Best Places, etc, etc… **But here’s my take on why studying at an American University in Spain can and has been beneficial to me.**** Perhaps my experience can help you as you make your decision to pursue an American degree. **Employment** – If you plan on working and living abroad, an American degree is one of those degrees that is well recognized and highly valued. Especially as a foreigner, that is a non-US student, it allows you to stand out and have an advantage over other applicants. In my research, I have found that a lot of employers for multinationals and even NGO’s prefer having employees that hold an American degree because the degree in itself already says a lot about the candidate, for example: many American Universities are highly regarded because of the high standards for admission, the level of research and innovation produced, and how well prepared the candidates are upon graduation. Also, if you are from a different country and study in an American University, it tells your future employer that you have adapted to living and studying in a different country, you are flexible, and likely work well with people from other cultures. **Flexibility** – Most American universities will allow you to apply as “undecided.” Undecided means you are not yet sure about which major to pursue. And although, in the beginning you may feel as though you already know, it is a relief going in as undecided and having the option to explore other possibilities before locking into a career choice blindly. Another advantage of this undecided status is that it allows you to take a variety of different courses. Through these different courses you can explore and see which you are more interested in and would like to major in. Who knows… some of these exploratory subjects and skills may even end up being useful in your future job. **The Future** – Speaking about the future, being in an American university could possibly jump-start your career. American universities are very active in career development and in helping students find employment after graduation. Because of this, large company recruiters are actively looking for people to hire straight out of college. So you could go from being handed your diploma on graduation day and to starting a new job the next. Although you are in college studying, on your path to becoming a huge success in your field, do not forget that you are in a foreign country. It is easy to get caught up in the loop of going to class, doing your homework, going to the grocery store and repeating it all over week after week. Having the opportunity to study abroad is already a great thing but you should be mindful and get the most out of it by traveling and exploring nearby places, trying the food, talking with locals, and enjoying the entire experience – yes, even the awkward moments. The memories you make during college will always stay with you, so why not make them worth reminiscing about with a great education that focuses on the future and for me this happened to be in a great country, Spain!

Corporate Diplomacy PA Exec Program

We proudly announce the 4th Edition of the Corporate Diplomacy and Public Affairs Executive Program that will start in October 16th. This Program, developed by IIDC and Schiller International University, has been designed for executives and professionals of companies, associations and institutions.

Some of the organizations that have already joined into previous editions are Iberia, Santander, Iberdrola, BBVA, Fundación Telefonica, Real Madrid, Garrigues, Grupo Antolín, Compañía Canariense de Tabacos, Real Instituto Elcano, Grupo Hospitales de Madrid, Asociación Española de Fundaciones, Grupo Thales or GSK.

The program is now accepting applications. For further information about this program and the next IIDC’s events, please visit http://madrid.schiller.edu/corporate-diplomacy-and-public-affairs-executive-program/ or send an email to: mad_admissions@schiller.edu

Why is it important Corporate Diplomacy?

Globalization has increased the complexity of the business environment forcing organizations of XXI century to acquire new skills and abilities to improve their international competitiveness. The success of its business operation is directly related to their influence.

Corporate Diplomacy is the instrumental development of the influence strategy of the company.

Why is influence profitable?

  1. Allows access to the relevant institutions to defend the company’s own interests.
  2. It is a positive force that can drive and get more and better business.
  3. Represents a competitive advantage when it has well-defined and managed processes.
  4. Reinforces the commitment of all stakeholders.
  5. Influence, if it is transparent, ethical, responsible and organized, improves social reputation.

International Institute of Corporate Diplomacy (IICD)

This program is developed in collaboration with the IICD. It is a private institution dedicated to thepromotion and development of Corporate Diplomacy, understood as the set of rules, practices and processes that enable public and private organizations enhance their relational capital and ensure a more influential leadership. It supports professionals, companies and organizations to improve their performance by enhancing their ability to influence, incorporating Corporate Diplomacy as a strategicfactor in the development of their business. It is committed to the training of professionals in lobbyingand interest representation. Its programs are aimed at improving relational skills and to the enhancement of the role of corporate diplomatic advisor.

Objective

To provide attendees with the knowledge and strategic tools necessary to conduct an effectiverepresentation of the interests of their organizations to the public, private and / or associative areas.

Target audience

Professionals with experience in: institutional relations, public and regulatory affairs, international business development, investor relations, communications, legal advice, law firms, entrepreneurshipand business management, strategic consulting, political parties, Public Administrations, professional associations, foundations, NGOs and think tanks.

Methodology

The program is taught in Spanish and English. Each module includes theory and practice with case studies and simulations. Throughout the course, open lectures, panel discussions and workshops will be held by professionals from different fields of Corporate Diplomacy & Public Affairs.

Length

The program lasts approximately 65 hours spread over 14 teaching sessions. The sessions will take place on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Place

The sessions are held at the Madrid Campus of Schiller International University.

Calle Serrano, 156 (Plaza de la República Argentina)

Program

MODULES

 

I. The different faces of power: Towards a new state model

  • Who has the power
  • Participatory democracies to the digital paradigm shift
  • State vs Traditional Organization. new areas of power

 

II. Public and private interests

  • Communication and power: political communication and media
  • Management of public and private interests

 

III. The value of corporate influence and diplomacy

  • Relational Capital as a competitive advantage
  • The responsibility of the company and its stakeholders
  • The organization of an influential business
  • Economic intelligence and competitive intelligence
  • Analysis of political-country risk

 

IV. The lobby

  • How to start a program of business lobby
  • The regulation of lobbying
  • Conflict of interests: international legal instruments

 

V. The digital lobby

  • The power of networks and new technologies

 

VI. The external action of States (Foreign Affairs)

  • The organization of a State abroad
  • Foreign Relations of a State
  • Public Diplomacy

 

VII. How to do lobby in the European Union

  • Keys to the lobby at the EU level: actors and institutions

 CONFERENCES

  • The lobby of other actors (the Third Sector): NGOs, Civil Associations, Think Tanks
  • The lobby for regional areas: Latin America, USA, Arab World, Asia and Africa

 

* The organizer reserves the right to make appropriate changes to improve the program.

Faculty

Claustro de Profesores SIU

How to register

The Future Of Energy, Food And Water

We congratulate and thank SIU’s Professor Grace Obado for her part in 2015 Clinton Global Initiative for the Middle East and Africa.

Prof. Grace Obado is the CEO of Hidrolution Kenya, a company with a leading technology in eco-friendly water purification. She has successfully led both the technical and marketing teams, introducing Hidrolution’s eco-friendly technology in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Prof. Obado teaches International Relations and Sustainable Development at the Madrid Campus of Schiller International University and has published various articles and co- authored a book entitled: Laws of Success, adapted for Africa.

For a closer look at this year’s 2015 CGI Conference: http://livestream.com/CGI/events/4008170/videos/86833386