March 11, 2020. IESE today has received confirmation that a participant in one of its programs in Madrid has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case of coronavirus on one of IESE’s campuses.
The case is a participant in IESE’s PADE program in Madrid. The participant has mild symptoms and is recovering at home, and last visited IESE’s campus on March 9. All of her classmates and others who have had close contact with her have been informed and are in quarantine.
Following Madrid government recommendations to stem the spread of the coronavirus, IESE on March 11 moved classes delivered on its Madrid campus online. At the same time, as a purely precautionary measure, IESE also moved its full-time MBA students in Barcelona to an online format.
Switching its activities online has been one of the scenarios IESE was preparing for since the coronavirus spread from China to Europe and the rest of the world. IESE’s installed online capacities are strong, and have been deployed in other contexts. IESE has a virtual classroom, in which 80 participants can connect from all over the world in a fully interactive way, as well as a range of other remote learning options.
The Madrid campus remains open for employees and professors, so that they may support the online classes.
More information on how IESE is responding to the coronavirus crisis can be found on the Safety and Prevention page.