Jordi Sevilla Segura
How and when did you get to IE?
I arrived on the 2009/2010 course by the hand of Diego del Alcázar
What sport do you practice?
I like football, tennis and skiing a lot….watched on television.
What is your favorite book?
I am one of those persons who goes back to “El Quijote” because each time I found on it different meanings. I suppose that’s why it’s a classic.
Where were you born?
I was born in Valencia
What is your favorite dish?
I good salad with lots of ingredients.
A memorable moment:
When I took up as Government Minister of Spain.
What does it mean for you to be a good professor?
Somebody that wakes up intellectual interests, knowledge effort, rebellion faced to dogmas and to the authority criteria. Somebody that not only teaches you the value of thinking and as well, helps you to think by yourself.
How do you keep up-to-date?
It is impossible to up-to-date in these days. But, I try to read all I can about working papers done by the International Monetary Fund, the OCDE and also, I come back and mention the classics.
What is your secret for your classes or presentations?
Make think my students that they have had the idea and not that I have teach them that. All this through a Socratic dialogue.
A ritual before teaching:
I don’t have one in special. Or maybe I have so much that the interview would be endless.
A story in the classroom
A student that started criticizing about a government measure of the last Government without knowing that I was the person that approved it as Minister.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
Try it. I think that we are not responsible of reaching anything, but if it’s requirable to try to do what we want to do.
What has been your worst experience in the classroom?
When my mind went blank in the middle of an interesting presentation where I stop speaking and caused an intensive silence in the room. The student thought that it was a trick to keep their attention, but I had a very bad moment because when I got in blank I didn’t know what was I speaking about and where to continue.