Jul 29 2014

Global Dimensions Programme: The Internship

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The five-month Global Dimensions Programme has seen 35 Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) final year undergraduates and recent graduates come to LSE to study. The programme is divided into a ten-week academic course and a four-week applied programme in preparation for a 12-week internship in London.

If you have been following our previous posts, you may remember meeting some of the students back in February and March.

In our final video, David Gesto Martinez gives us the lowdown on his internship and shares his plans for the future.

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Jul 28 2014

ITAM Students – Experiences of studying in London

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Over 40 students from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) have undertaken a three-week programme at LSE – the International Political Economy Study Tour. We caught up with the students half way through to see how they getting on, and whether they were enjoying London (the answer is obviously yes).

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Jul 22 2014

Report: LSE’s Global Pensions Programme 2014

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LSE Enterprise, with partners Santander Asset Management (SAM) and the consulting firm Novaster, ran its second edition of the Global Pensions Programme in Miami, Florida from 15 – 18 July. Over 70 attendees from twelve countries took part, with high-level participation from many of the regulatory bodies, supervisory agencies, private sector pension fund managers and policy makers. The keynote address was given by LSE Alumnus José Viñals, Director of the Capital Markets and Monetary Affairs Department of the IMF, who was followed by Professor Nick Barr, LSE. Over the four-day programme, top global experts presented and debated the key issues in the sector, with the majority of attendees flying into Miami from Latin America.  Continue reading

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Jul 15 2014

In the news: LSE Global Pensions Programme

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Writing in Diario Las Américas, Pablo Padro calls for the need to urgently rethink current approaches to pensions, warning of the dangers of dogmatic advice from the World Bank, given twenty years ago.

As Padro points out, the London School of Economics and Political Science, along with Santander Asset Management and Novaster, have launched the LSE Global Pensions Programme in Miami this week in order to do just that. The interactive programme designed for professionals in the field sees four days of workshops and seminars led by top academics and experts, providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of pensions and examining reform options going forward.

Read the full article (in Spanish) and find out more about the LSE Global Pensions Programme.

 

 

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Jul 10 2014

Welcome to ITAM students 2014!

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ITAM students at LSE

We are excited to welcome students from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) to the London School of Economics and Political Science for the second International Political Economy Study Tour.

Students will undertake a three-week custom programme, focusing on the topics of the global economic outlook, emerging economies, and global trade and regional integration. As well as participating in a range of lectures and seminars, students take part in off-campus visits, including a trip to the Supreme Court. Continue reading

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Jul 9 2014

LSE Review of Books – Falling Inequality in Latin America, Giovanni Cornia (ed.)

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[E]ven the greatly unequal Latin American countries saw a process of inequality reduction since the late 1990s that took scholars off guard – from 2000 to 2010 the Gini coefficient declined in 13 of 17 countries. Why?

Explaining such a robust and unexpected turn is the theme of Falling Inequality in Latin America, a book edited by Professor of Economics at the University of Florence, Giovanni Cornia.

Falling Inequality in Latin America, a collection of 12 chapters that analyse this trend, is reviewed by Petterson Molina Vale, who finds it a valuable resource for students of Latin American policy and economics. For the full review, visit the LSE Review of books website.

 

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Jul 4 2014

Technology and business talk at the Fundación Ramón Areces

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Dr Carsten Sørensen of LSE's Department of Management (third from right) gave a keynote address on technology and business to 200 attendees at the Fundación Ramón Areces (FRA) in Madrid.   Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise (right) says 'The FRA is an El Corte Inglés Foundation who are great supporters of LSE´s work in Madrid and host four ´LSE Masterclasses in Social Sciences´ every year at their headquarters in Madrid.'

Dr Carsten Sørensen of LSE’s Department of Management (third from right) gave a keynote address on technology and business to 200 attendees at the Fundación Ramón Areces (FRA) in Madrid.

 

Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise (right) says ‘The FRA is an El Corte Inglés Foundation who are great supporters of LSE´s work in Madrid and host four LSE Masterclasses in Social Sciences every year at their headquarters in Madrid.

‘Carsten spoke about how a great deal of work will be automated in future, and done by generative, combinative machines and platforms that are fast outstripping human comprehension of computational capacity. Thus the future of employment is going to be massively competitive with an increasingly skewed nature to a top 5% who innovate and direct business to those whose jobs will be taken over by automation, with perpetual reinvention the only way to survive and prosper in the job market.’

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Jul 3 2014

“Spain is Different”: Podemos and 15-M – from the Euro Crisis in the Press blog

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In a dismal post-European election scenario, in which the extreme right has managed to emerge as the leading political formation in a number of European democracies, Spain has once again lived up to the 1960’s tourist slogan “Spain is different”.

While the right-wing party Partido Popular (PP) won the most votes, the real news is the remarkable eruption of brand new party “Podemos” (“We can”) onto the political scene, becoming the fourth most voted for party with over 1.25 million votes and gaining an astonishing 5 seats in the European Parliament.

It has been a troubled time for Spain of late. The economic downturn has caused social fractures to widen with discontent seeping to the surface. The past few years have seen increased calls for independence by the Catalans, with the Basques also demanding increased autonomy. Furthermore, the abdication of Juan Carlos has called into question the existence of the monarchy.

The turmoil of the past years has culminated in a surprising political twist. In sharp contrast to the growing prominence of right-wing parties across Europe, newly-founded, left-wing Podemos took five seats in the European elections. In a Euro Crisis in the Press blog post, Cristina Flesher Fominaya examines what has led to Podemos’ sudden rise and why their messages have had so much resonance with the voting public in Spain. Read the full discussion on the Euro Crisis in the Press blog.

 

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Jul 1 2014

The Global Economy Study Tour: a big hello to ESDEN students

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Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra, Instructor on the Global Economy Study Tour

This week, LSE Custom Programmes welcomes 18 MBA students from ESDEN Business School on the inaugural Global Economy Study Tour.

As part of their professional development, the students are undertaking a week of lectures and external visits. The agenda includes a wide range of topics, such as entrepreneurship and innovation, global financial markets, and marketing strategies for growth. Students will also participate in a trade simulation game to demonstrate the challenges of negotiating with multiple stakeholders. Furthermore, they have the opportunity to visit City Hall, home to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

We hope they enjoy their visit!

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Jun 30 2014

In the news: Jorge Medina, director of the Master in Responsible Banking, IEB

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Estamos convencidos del cambio. / We believe in change. 

- Jorge Medina, Director of the Master in Responsible Banking, IEB

LSE Custom Programmes has teamed up with the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB) and the World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) to offer executive education programmes in responsible banking. Launched last year, there are two courses to choose from: the Executive Master in Responsible Banking (MRB), and an Executive Responsible Finance Management Programme (RFMP). Given the challenging climate faced by the banking industry, the need to understand and adopt a well-informed, sustainable approach could not be timelier.

To promote innovative thinking, IEB and WSBI have devised the Responsible Banking Challenge, which offers a full scholarship for either programme to the applicant who devises the best proposal for promoting sustainable development within this sector. There are also partial scholarships available to runners-up.

Jorge Medina, Director of the Master in Responsible Banking, spoke to El Economista about the challenge and the thinking behind it. Read the full interview in Spanish.

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