Which is the best specialisation? MIM Edition

  • International Business (IB),
  • Digital Business (DB),
  • Financial Management and control in Spanish (FMC)
1. What specialisation are you in? Why did you choose it? 
Sharvari from IBInternational Business. Since I am an engineer with no management background, it made more sense for me to choose IB which is more of general management.
Miguel from FMC: Financial Management and Control.Didn’t choose IB, since I already had a BA background.Didn’t choose both Marketing specializations because I don’t like Marketing. Didn’t choose DB, since I didn’t like the subjects and contents in the Syllabuses of the previous years.Chose finance to deepen financial knowledge, get more business vocabulary in Spanish and because I didn’t like the rest of the specializations


2. What is the best thing about your specialisation?
Sharvari from IB:  Can I say nothing? Few of our professors really know their subject and that is the best thing of my specialization. 
Miguel from FMC: It extends your finance knowledge
3. If there is one thing you can say you’ve learnt from the specialisation, what would it be?
Sharvari from IB: I really enjoyed the Business Government & Society sessions. This course dealt with the non-market strategy of a company and was both interesting and unique. 
Miguel from FMC: More finance knowledge (Surprise!)
4. Any tips for juniors who are deciding on their specialisation?
Sharvari on IB:Every specialization has something good and something bad about it. Choose the one that aligns with your career goals.
Miguel from FMC: Talk with people who already went through the specializations. Not people who were requested by IE to present, but other alumni. Check the syllabuses IE provides from previous years. Still, there is no perfect specialization. Finance will by far be the specialization with the highest workload of all. Probably the highest workload in the whole Master’s.
5. What are some areas of improvement or suggestions to improve the syllabus/course structure of your specialisation?
Sharvari from IB: Few professors, the syllabus of few subjects
Miguel from FMC: Offer it in English. English is the world’s language and therefore people (also Spaniards) should learn stuff like this in Spanish. Or at least do some subjects in English and others in Spanish. Cut sessions from subjects like Auditing etc, that count 3 credits and give more relevant subjects more sessions. Professors should be better coordinated, that is, know what the people in the different sections have already done to not repeat it. Screw subjects like law etc. Workload is not comparable with other specializations’ workloads and + many other improvements
6. Your favourite subject in the specialisation? What have you learnt in this subject? 
Sharvari from IB:  Business Government & Society, Marketing Strategy for Decision Making, and maybe Management Control Systems
Miguel from FMC: Advanced Corporate Finance – lot of financial modelling, very good professor. Helped a lot understand Leverage restructuring, growth financing, LBOs, valuation, and financial modelling 

MIMing with Mel

Hola MIMALLY MELISSA, fondly known as sassy y classy ❤ 

Now that we have reached the last few weeks of our MIM Journey, we decided to ask Mel, our exclusive fashion correspondent, some short and personal questions about her experience working with the MIMALLIES and her MIM journey.

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Putting funny, sweet and sassy Mel to the test:

Describe each team member in one word

Arni – efficient

Pri – creative

Nacho – walking-dictionary

Juan – enterprising

Elias – Mr. Interview

Giulia – a rolling stone

What has been your favourite project so far?

To be honest, I’m enjoying quite a lot creating the blog, specially the fashion section. It’s fun taking pictures of our models, listening to what they have to say about fashion, and seeing if people are actually liking what you post. People don’t comment much on the blog, but there are classmates who stop you in the hallway and say that they actually enjoyed reading about the interview you’ve just posted. Although, I don’t like that much the advertising part of it – sort of tormenting people in tons of WhatsApp groups, Facebook spamming my friends, or persecuting IE Business School in Twitter for a retweet!

What about the Digital Business specialisation? Do you like it?

Overall, there are many things that I like about Digital Business: you get in contact and familiarized with a lot of terminology which maybe you wouldn’t have heard otherwise, we get guest speakers who tells us about their experiences and businesses and we have interesting projects. Although, I believe there is some disorganization. We didn’t have most of our syllabus at the beginning of the course, some course names are so abstract that we aren’t really sure what we are going to learn about (i.e.: Shaping the Impact of Disruptive Technologies),…

Any tips for the juniors when choosing a specialisation?

I would say to chose the one you have less idea about. I’ve done course in Finance, Marketing,… but I’ve never had a course on technology outside IE Business School, and thought this was a great opportunity to get in touch with such an interesting field.

What’s your favourite Spanish phrase/expression that cannot be translated?

¡Esta semana hay puente!


In case you didn’t get enough Mel’s gorgeous face….

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So, What’s Trendy in Shanghai?

Hola MiM Allies followers!

Last week IE Business School gave its MiM students the great opportunity to visit 4 destinations: Shanghai, San Francisco, Ghana, and Washington. Some of our MiM Allies visited China and had the chance to see what’s going on on the other side of the world, get a quick insight of how businesses work in Shanghai and even visit Inditex’s offices!

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Turn up with Damien

IE’s diversity isn’t just limited to nationalities. We have students from different backgrounds and today we shall meet Damien from a professional sporting background. He speaks about his tennis experiences, the tough training times and of course the places to turn up at Madrid 😉


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Keeping up with Kiron


Today, we had the privilege of asking Kiron Ravindran, Associate Dean of the MIM programme, some fun facts about himself, his take on class participation and his words on the future of management and technology. Let’s dive straight into this exciting interview!

Your students describe you as an eloquent, dynamic and inspiring professor.  Could you share some interesting facts about yourself that students will be surprised to hear? 

  • Fact #1 I’ve worked as a mechanic, changing oil and tires.
  • Fact #2 I play Candy Crush
  • Fact #3 I prefer Arabic food to Indian food
  • Fact #4 I’ve owned the worlds first “smartphone” the Ericsson R380

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Otti and Bianca Show us their Day vs Night Looks!

Today we’re interviewing two cheerful Italian friends, Bianca Cravero and Ottavia Poggi, both with an innate sense of fashion in their night and day attires!

Ottavia Poggi, Otti for friends, is a half-British half- Italian 23-year-old currently studying Digital Business (hey! Just like us, MiM Allies!). Otti has a special interest in fashion and is definitely going places as she’s brilliant and one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet!

Bianca Cravero is a 22-year-old Italian currently pursuing the Sales and Marketing specialization of the MiM Program. She’s a joyful person with a beautiful warm smile who follows the motto “Work hard, play hard“.

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Ottavia Poggi & Bianca Cravero 

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Each individual at IE comes from a different place and they bring with them a host of different perspectives, insights and opinions. It is this diversity that enhances the entire IE MIM experience for everyone and in turn, provides each individual with a very unique IE MIM experience for themselves. We are happy to have the calm, friendly and sweet Shreya who is from New Delhi, India and raised in Lagos, Nigeria,  share with us her hopes, dreams and her favourite place in Madrid and of course, her favourite Indian food spot in Madrid (which is unfortunately not open to public).


Shreya at Bastille’s concert here in Madrid

What has been the biggest lesson that IE has taught you?

I like to dream simple dreams and IE taught me that it’s through action that we really find out who we are. We have a lot of opportunities and options – it’s rather intimidating, but it’s also the most freeing part of our lives. All it takes is to be brave.

Best thing about IE that most people overlook?

Probably acknowledged by few and overlooked by many is how very easy it is to approach the professors and the administration about anything. They’re very welcoming of our ideas, criticisms, and suggestions.

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Carlos, Spanish Fashion at It’s Finest

Carlos López Díaz-Benito is a 25-year-old industrial design engineer currently pursuing the MiM program with specialization in Marketing & Sales. You’ll never find him undressed for the occassion. Let’s take a look of what Carlos has to say about himself and his place in the fashion world.


Hi Carlos! Could you briefly describe yourself?

I think I’m a very energetic person. I don’t like to get bored so I like doing different things like living in different countries and, having different jobs. I’ve been a PR because I like meeting and connecting with new people and like to promote things. Obviously, I also get some benefits from it. I think it’s something I’m good at so I’ve done it several times.

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Top Coffee Spots near IE

Roundup of coffee spots around IE

Strong, rich, fragrant. One of the most common images of a MIM student going for a 9am class, is that of a sleepy eyed person carrying a large cup of coffee. Since coffee seems to be the quintessential beverage of the students,  we wanted to try the coffee around IE and gather your feedback. But before we evaluate our nearby coffee spots, let’s educate you on one of the world’s favourite beverages.


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