At IE University, we believe that education should transcend conventional classroom boundaries. To that end, we work relentlessly to provide our students real-world applications of their studies. One such example is found in our Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law & Economics through our PPLE Talks initiative.

A platform for societal change

Like the well-known TED Talks, PPLE Talks offers a dynamic platform for first-year students to critically engage with important societal issues. Extracurricular activities like this one aim to prepare students to tackle real-world challenges by gaining well-rounded perspectives, participating in debate and leading through public discourse.

The Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law & Economics at IE University is designed to empower students to change the world by offering a deep understanding of theoretical insights with a focus on their practical applications. This balance ensures that while students gain a robust knowledge of various disciplines, they also apply this knowledge in real-world scenarios through practical projects. We implement this philosophy because we believe a hands-on approach is crucial in nurturing critical thinkers and problem-solvers ready to create solutions for the complex issues facing today’s global landscape.

One way that we empower students with real-world skills is through extracurricular activities such as PPLE Talks, in which students research, develop and present talks on topics they are passionate about. The process begins with coaching sessions where students learn the nuances of effective public speaking, from structuring their presentations to engaging with their audience. This culminates in a competition where the five finalists present their talks to a panel of jurors, who then select the winning presentation.

A space for personal development

Participating in PPLE Talks is more than just an academic exercise; it’s an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Priyanka Ramchandani—who participated with a talk titled “What is the point of living?”—described the experience as “very enriching,” as it allowed for detailed discussions of pertinent topics. She appreciated the chance to share her ideas and get in-depth feedback from her peers. 

Another participant, Diego Villalobos, gave a talk on the failings of the current mental health system. In tackling such a controversial and complex topic, he says that he learned the critical skill of persuading diverse audiences.

“The toughest part for me was being able to present my ideas to an audience in a cohesive manner that persuaded them and got my ideas across.”

—Diego Villalobos

Digging deep into original ideas

The talks presented by students cover a vast range of topics, representing the diverse backgrounds and interests of the participants. Lillian Winslette discussed the concept of antifragility and its importance for today’s youth. For her, the experience was impactful because, she notes, “To be selected to be part of this event means that you put a lot of time and effort into something and that you’re tapping into a topic that other people also find interesting.” She highlighted the challenge and reward of translating the extensive body of research on this topic into an original presentation that engages academic and non-academic audiences alike.

“To be selected to be part of this event means that you put a lot of time and effort into something and that you’re tapping into a topic that other people also find interesting.”

Lillian Winslette, student and participant at PPLE talks initiative
—Lillian Winslette

The impact of PPLE Talks on participants is profound. As Anna Dillmann explains, “The talk not only helped me to improve my English skills, it also showed me how I can present a personally important topic in an academic way to people.” In her talk on the risks of alcohol consumption, Anna encouraged the audience to question things that society has accepted as normal. She, too, valued the opportunity to engage in deep conversations about important issues with her peers. 

Ian Omar also questioned societal norms with his talk titled “Grito,” or “Being consciously loud.” He saw this event as an opportunity to fuse his roles as a public speaker and an artist, propelling him forward on his journey toward becoming an agent of social change. “I am proud of being able to integrate those two parts of myself—the public speaker and the artist,” he says.

Ian Omar, student and participant at PPLE talks initiative

“This talk enhanced my learning and professional experience because I gained public speaking skills, I learned how to write a script and how to be able to improvise when not everything goes according to plan.”

—Ian Omar

Why PPLE Talks?

PPLE Talks are not just about winning a competition; they’re about molding future leaders who are confident, articulate and informed. The initiative exemplifies IE University’s commitment to an education that prepares students to address and solve real-world problems through a multidisciplinary approach. It’s an excellent opportunity for students to practice public speaking, engage in meaningful research and learn how to leave an impact on their audience.

Participants agree that the experience was profoundly enriching. “The talk not only helped me to improve my English skills, it also showed me how I can present a personally important topic in an academic way to people.”

—Anna Dillmann

Shaping future change-makers

The Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law & Economics is designed for intellectually curious individuals who aspire to solve pressing global political, economic and legal challenges. It equips students with a multifaceted understanding of the world, enabling them to apply philosophical, political, legal and economic perspectives to transform societies.

If you are driven to make an impact and thrive in environments that challenge conventional thinking, IE University is your gateway to becoming a leader equipped to navigate and shape the future. Extracurricular events like the PPLE Talks will help you find your voice and project it beyond the classroom to inspire real change. 

Anna Dillman, student and participant at PPLE talks initiative

“I would definitely recommend that future students be part of this project. Go for it.”

—Anna Dillmann

Explore PPLE Talks at IE University

Watch our students tackle important societal issues with passion and precision. Dive into their compelling presentations and witness firsthand how they’re shaping the future through critical thinking and public discourse. Don’t miss out—click here to watch the full video and learn more about their innovative ideas and the competition that pushes boundaries. Join us in exploring new perspectives and preparing for real-world challenges today!