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Iberdrola MBA gets underway with Strathclyde Business School


The relationship between one of Europe’s largest energy companies and a Scottish University will be strengthened this week. Candidates from around the world are gathering in Glasgow to mark the official start of a new collaboration between Iberdrola and Strathclyde Business School.

The two organisations have joined forces to create the MBA in the Global Energy Industry which has been developed to develop senior leaders within Iberdrola. A total of 27 students with managerial potential from Spain, the UK, the US, Mexico and Brazil have enrolled for the course which is now underway.

Delegates from different parts of Iberdrola were invited to take part in the three-year part-time programme. Course subject matter ranges from leadership, international business, project management and strategy. Teaching sessions will typically be eight weeks apart allowing for approximately four weeks for pre-delivery assignments, plus a final project. The programme will be delivered in partnership between Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Strathclyde Business School and Ibedrola.

Professor Susan Hart, Dean of Strathclyde Business School, said: “The partnership with Iberdrola is a major development which will help to deliver the next generation of leaders within the world energy sector.

“By providing a tailor made MBA we are delivering a programme which exactly meets the needs of our client, a process which is becoming highly valued across the business community.

“Our organisations share a set of pioneering values and by working together we will release potential and help to create future generations of global leaders.

“We will be welcoming the first participants of the new MBA to a special event in Glasgow.”

Iberdrola's participation in the Global Energy MBA reflects the company's commitment to training. In 2012, the Group provided over one million hours of training to its staff, with 82% of the company's 31,000 employees worldwide taking part.

The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, said: “Energy is a global business and we must be ready to meet the global challenges that our industry faces.  In order to succeed, we have to invest in the education and skills development of our people.  Our long standing relationship with the University of Strathclyde helps us to do this and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this new and innovative international partnership.”


The Scottish welcome event for the MBA in the Global Energy Industry takes place between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacological & Biological Sciences, 31 Taylor Street, Glasgow, G1

Notes to Editors

About Strathclyde Business School
The Iberdrola MBA is run at Strathclyde Business School. Strathclyde Business School has 170+ academic staff, over 4,500 full- and part-time, graduate and undergraduate students, and an annual turnover of over £23 million. The Strathclyde Business School is one of the top 1% of business schools in the world which are triple accredited by the top accrediting bodies overseeing quality assurance and standards for business schools across the globe. SBS has earned a reputation for innovation in business and management education and pioneered among other initiatives, the first one year MBA programme, back in 1966.

About Comillas Pontifical University
The Pontifical University of Comillas is participating in the programme through two of its most prestigious colleges, ICAI Institute of Engineering and Technology and ICADE Business School. ICAI was founded in 1908 by the Jesuits as a technical school for industry and electro-mechanical engineers. Today it is an Institute of Technology for industrial and telecommunications engineering graduates. ICADE School of Business Administration offers several graduate and post-graduate degree programmes together with a number of European and American business schools. With more than 50 years’ experience, it offers innovative business management and financial studies.