Global Alliance in Management Education

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CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education
Established 1988
Chairman Andrea Sironi (Università Bocconi, UB, Italy)
Academic staff
Combined from 29 schools
Students 1150+ (2014-15 cohort)
Location 29 countries across 5 continents

CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education or CEMS (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies) is a cooperation of the world's leading business schools and universities with multinational companies and NGOs. The CEMS Global Alliance includes 29 academic institutions from 5 continents, over 70 corporate partners and 4 social partners from around the globe. CEMS administers delivery of the CEMS MIM degree in its member schools, supports the CEMS Alumni Association (CAA) and facilitates general cooperation among its members.

The CEMS MIM has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Financial Times Master’s in Management ranking since its creation in 2005.

CEMS MIM[edit]

CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a one-year degree programme taught jointly by CEMS business schools and universities available to a select group of students at the member institutions. Created in 1988 by founding members from the University of Cologne, HEC Paris, ESADE and the Università Bocconi, the CEMS MIM was the first supra-national MSc. The aim of CEMS is to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master’s programmes in Management, providing education and research for students who aspire to play a leading role in the development and direction of enterprises in a global context.

These individuals will show leadership through:

  • high academic standards and professional skills
  • ability to perform effectively in a fast changing environment
  • empathy with different cultures, values and behaviours
  • willingness to take responsibility within society

CEMS MIM consists of a base semester (usually part of the standard degree at the home university) followed by a second semester spent abroad in a fellow CEMS member school. In addition to completing one's home degree, graduation from CEMS also requires successful completion of a business project, skill seminars, an international internship, and 2 foreign language exams. While the CEMS MIM is a high-quality academic degree, its unique characteristics lie in the additional focus on practical business skills, language proficiency and early international experience.

Every CEMS academic member has a limited number of places available for the CEMS MIM intake, therefore, the selection process is challenging and in many cases, schools may have pre-requisites to be admitted into the selection process, including a high grade average and proof of language skills.

The selection process differs slightly among the academic members, but often it is required to already be enrolled or selected for a Master of Business degree with a member university prior to applying for the CEMS MIM. All of the CEMS graduates receive both a degree from their home institution as well as from CEMS, thus the CEMS MIM is often referred to as a "dual-degree".

CEMS Alumni Association (CAA)[edit]

The CEMS Alumni Association (CAA) enables the multicultural experience of CEMS graduates to flourish. Founded in 1993 by CEMS graduates, the Association is an international network throughout the world of CEMS graduates. To date close to 10,000 CEMS students have graduated and gone on to become CEMS alumni.

The CAA is led by an Alumni Board and is present in many countries through Local Committees (LCs) made up of CEMS alumni. The LCs are responsible for keeping in contact with CEMS alumni and organising professional and social activities. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the activities and development of the Association. The Alumni Board comprises: the CAA President, the CEMS Executive Director, a representative of the CEMS Student Board, a representative of CEMS member schools, 3 Local Committee representatives, 2 senior alumni and 2 junior alumni.

The Alumni Board's mission is to foster the CEMS alumni community by proposing and developing initiatives that reflect CAA objectives and foster career and personal development opportunities of its Alumni members. The Alumni Board also represents alumni interests on the CEMS Executive Board and supports development of the CEMS alliance. In addition, the CEMS Alumni Association supports Alumni to positively influence management education, business, global governance and society.

CEMS Academic Members[edit]

Schools offering the CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM):[1]

  • Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
  • Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
  • ESADE Business School, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
  • Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-FGV, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University, St.Petersburg, Russia
  • HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, France
  • HKUST Business School, Hong Kong
  • Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, India[2]
  • Ivey Business School, London, Canada
  • Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Koç University Graduate School of Business, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Louvain School of Management, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway
  • Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
  • Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
  • The University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia
  • Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Beijing, China
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin, Ireland
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile
  • Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy
  • University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • University of Economics Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • University of St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland
  • Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
  • WU (Vienna University of Economics & Business), Vienna, Austria

CEMS Corporate Partners[edit]

CEMS currently totals 70+ corporate partners which contribute financially on an annual basis and provide the programme with human resources and input into the curriculum itself. This means that they chart skills courses, give lectures or invite CEMS students to company activities where students learn about certain corporate practices or solve cases. These connections are very useful to promote the company to the students, while the students gain insight into real-world problems and solution approaches.

List of partners:[3]

CEMS Social Partners[edit]

The first ever CEMS Social Partners joined the organisation in December 2010. These are the first in a series of non-profits and NGOs that contribute to the alliance in a way identical to Corporate Partners (selection and admission of students, governance, curriculum delivery, proposal of internships and employment opportunities). This new initiative is part of a major sustainability drive from within CEMS. In the same vein, CEMS has also signed the PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education) declaration.


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