Enhancing hybrid classrooms
“The investment will allow us to continue transforming our students’ learning experience,” says Jaime Úrculo, the chief financial officer at the university. “Our classrooms will be equipped with new technological tools to provide students with an excellent experience, both face-to-face and remotely. For example, we will have hybrid classrooms that will be equipped with several cameras able to offer different shots of teaching sessions in high resolution. We are trying to bring the classroom experience into the home.”
IE University also will renovate many parts of the María de Molina campus in the financial district of Madrid and add the finishing touches to the IE Tower, its new headquarters and one of the tallest buildings in Madrid. Investments will be made to restore the Convent of Santa Cruz de la Real in Segovia, a 15th-century building northwest of Madrid that is the historic campus of the university. The Palacio de Mansilla in Segovia also will be renovated to become a student residence.
“The investments will benefit our students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and our community of more than 65,000 alumni in 165 countries,” Úrculo says, because the work will allow everyone to have greater access to the institution’s academic resources when visiting the campuses or connecting online.
There also are climate and environmental benefits. The renovations will make the buildings more energy efficient by improving heating, cooling and ventilation systems. The IE Tower was built using advanced low-energy technology and has already received awards for sustainability, water efficiency and energy performance.