IE students require the IMBA team to find alternative solutions to Online Learning in light of the events surrounding COVID-19

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Dear IMBA team,

We are writing to you in regards to recent events and as a consequence of the IE Management team decision to move all classes online until April 14. While We understand that it is under our best interest to follow the guidelines from the Spanish Government, and truly appreciate your efforts to maintain us well informed constantly and efficiently about the development of the issues around the COVID-19 virus, We (the students) are highly concerned with the quality of online classes as well as the fact that we have invested our time and money in a program that is based on face-to-face lectures and learning experiences. Although we know that IE is known for being a pioneer in the field of online education, the past couple of days have demonstrated that the quality and value of the classes directed online is far from that we receive with face-to-face lessons for a large variety of reasons. Moreover, we find that during this specific time ( lab period ), having a face-to-face learning and working experience is not just important but necessary for us to achieve the goals the program and us share in common. It is under these circumstances that we urge you to provide us with alternative solutions other than online classes as we firmly believe that we will not be getting the experience we so hard worked and paid for if this is to be continued. We understand the challenges associated with our request, but we also have strong confidence in the IMBA team to help us find an alternative solution that satisfies the different parties involved. We are open to hear the different solutions you may come up with, and would like to let you know some of the ones that have already been discussed by a vast part of the student body such as extending the program dates ( for those interested ), getting refunded for the time the online experience is kept, squeezing the learning into future dates ( weekends, elective period ... ) etc. Lastly, we would like to let you know that we are at your complete disposal for anything we can help you with in this regard.

Thank you in advance for your help, attention, and response.

The students.

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