Barcelona GSE Alumni community
The Barcelona GSE Alumni community includes 2,577 Master’s program graduates.
Master’s alumni are currently working and continuing education in 118 countries worldwide.
38 events in 17 cities
Events were organized in the following cities:
12 alumni chapters led by 24 alumni ambassadors
Local chapters organize alumni activities in cities around the world. Each chapter has one or more ambassadors who act as liaisons between the chapter and the Barcelona GSE.
Keeping alumni connected during COVID
Since it was not feasible to hold group events during most of 2020, the Barcelona GSE organized online hangouts, yoga classes, functional training sessions, and social media challenges for alumni and students.
83 alumni agreed to chat online with candidates and incoming students
A new way for alumni to get involved and give back to the Barcelona GSE this year was through an online chat platform (Unibuddy) that launched in February 2020 (and would become essential when coronavirus lockdown made admissions tours impossible).
In total, 230 prospective students from 74 countries used the service between February and July. There is no doubt that the connections Barcelona GSE Alumni made with these candidates helped to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on Master’s enrollment for next year.
First Alumni & Friends Merit Award reaches 80% of community fundraising goal
The Merit Award is a new community fundraising initiative whose aim is to award a full-tuition waiver for study in the Barcelona GSE Master’s programs.
The fundraising goal for the first edition was 9000€ or half the amount of a full Master’s tuition waiver. The Barcelona GSE committed to match this amount. Donations for the first Merit Award closed in February 2020 with community contributions totaling 7251€ or 80% of the fundraising goal.
“Collaboration is a core value of the Barcelona GSE. We are a relatively young institution with around 2,400 alumni. Not only that, but most students are with us for just one year. The fact that they responded so positively to the Merit Award speaks to the level of engagement they have with us and their willingness to support future generations of Barcelona GSE students.”
– Teresa Garcia-Milà, Director of the Barcelona GSE
Online platform use increases
55% of the entire Barcelona GSE Alumni community has activated their account on the platform, with all class years and programs represented.
Alumni and students share their work on the “Barcelona GSE Voice”
This community-driven blogging initiative, now in its eighth year, provides a space where students and alumni can share their thoughts on economic topics or current events, and their latest projects, cases, or research.
In 2019-20, 40 posts were published by student and alumni writers. The blog receives over 15k visits each year from more than 150 different countries.
Master’s Graduation 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional graduation ceremony for Master’s students could not be held for the Class of 2020.
Instead, the Barcelona GSE produced a pre-recorded “virtual” ceremony. The online format made it possible for members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council, professors, alumni, and students to participate, which they did from all over the world.
The community watched the virtual ceremony together via the Barcelona GSE YouTube channel on July 10, 2020. The watch party was well-attended by students, their families, professors, and alumni in 17 countries.
Student and alumni speakers
Merle Vivian Steffen ‘20 (Economics)
Alumni Regional Ambassadors
In addition to the invited speakers, students, and alumni, the ceremony included remarks by:
Paulina Beato, Chair of the Barcelona GSE Board of Trustees
Teresa García-Milà, Director of the Barcelona GSE
Margarita Arboix, Rector of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Jaume Casals, Rector of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Directors and faculty of the Barcelona GSE Master’s programs
Members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council:
- Hugo Sonnenschein, University of Chicago (Chair of the Scientific Council)
- Richard Blundell, UCL
- Bengt Hölmstrom, MIT (Nobel Laureate 2016)
- Matthew O. Jackson, Stanford University
- Anne Krueger, Johns Hopkins University