Students of the Master in International Development present their capstone project on the sustainable strategy of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Three students from the Master in International Development had the opportunity to visit Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as part of their capstone project, framed within the collaboration agreement signed by IE University and the prestigious museum. The capstone project is a core activity of the Master’s program, where students have to work with a partner organisation to complete a consultancy-based project.

Students of the Master in International Development present their capstone project on the sustainable strategy of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Three students from the Master in International Development had the opportunity to visit Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as part of their capstone project, framed within the collaboration agreement signed by IE University and the prestigious museum. The capstone project is a core activity of the Master’s program, where students have to work with a partner organisation to complete a consultancy-based project.

Laura Vega, Zijuan Liu and Federico Fargion were selected to work on Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s project as part of their final capstone project. The students were asked to develop an action plan for the Museum to define and improve its adherence to environmental sustainability. During six months they worked closely with the Museum and with their academic advisor Manuel Quirós, Head of the Slow Fashion Lab.

After presenting and defending their project in front of a jury at the beginning of July, the students had the opportunity of travelling to Bilbao. Through the sponsoring of IE School of Global and Public Affairs and IE University Arts and Humanities Division, the students spent a weekend with the museum staff getting to know the Museum’s environmental sustainability projects and initiatives.

“It was an incredible experience getting to meet our clients in person and to visit the museum, after working on the environmental sustainability proposals required for the capstone project in the last six months. Hearing their enthusiasm and appreciation for the work we developed was extremely gratifying and we are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with a renowned institution on such important work within the art and sustainability space”, said Laura Vega, Master in Development student.

“This first collaboration in a capstone project with IE’s Master in International Development has been an extraordinary and rewarding experience. Over the last six months we have had the opportunity to challenge this brilliant group of students with our views, plans and challenges on environmental sustainability. The outcome of this consultancy-based project has been an action plan with a thoughtful SWOT analysis, invaluable benchmarking on relevant practices in the cultural field, and a rich and diverse range of proposals that are currently being discussed among the museum sustainability group”, said Daniel Vega, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Conservation at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

“We are very pleased to keep pushing forward our collaboration agreement with Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. It is a great opportunity for our students to work in a real-life project with such a prestigious institution. Both educational and cultural institutions, we share the common responsibility to educate, inspire and lead towards a more sustainable future”, said Catalina Tejero, Executive Head of IE University Arts & Humanities Division.