Rafael Ruiz-Jarabo

Academic Area:


How and when did you get to IE?

I remember that was in 1978. An encounter with Diego del Alcázar old “fellow sufferer” university, was the cause of seduction.

What sport do you practice?

To be honest I’m not very athletic. Yes, I like to ride, but more in cities than in rural areas

What is your favorite book?

It is difficult to pinpoint one, influenced many conditions … “The Alexandria Quartet” is excellent.

Where were you born?

In Madrid, but I feel of Cuenca where my father’s family originates.

What is your favorite dish?

Spanish stews without discussion, with a spoon and everything you need.

A memorable moment:

Academically, at the office of Stanford’s University Dean, the half hour of being with him, I was briefing my work proposal for a sabbatical year with them. Many years thinking about how difficult it would be, when I finally decided and put in motion the process was very simple … It was a great year!.

What does it mean for you to be a good professor?

The one who teaches you to LEARN

How do you keep up-to-date?

Obviously being in “the trenches” professional but also reading and listening to my younger colleagues to see where the shots go …

What is your secret for your classes or presentations?

I have no secret, I try to be enthusiastic and of course, believe what I say

A ritual before teaching:

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class and sort the papers and think about that class

A story in the classroom

Years ago, a lecture supported with slides,  misplaced  before class. I did my best…

What is your favorite quote or motto of life?

I have no particular. But with my legal strain treatment to fulfill the sense of justice of Justinian: “Give to each his own. “

What has been your worst experience in the classroom?

There are many anecdotes, after so many years. Perhaps to emphasize, as the most bittersweet, on March 11, 2004, in class 9, I was with few students and lots of noise of ambulances in the street when the Program Director entered and told us about the terrible train bombings. He asked what to d, and we all decided sticking to the class. Gritted teeth, and in the afternoon we went to express our repulsion at the attacks. Wonderful students!.

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