Global Alliance in Management Education

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Other name
CEMS The Global Alliance in Management Education
Former names
Community of European Management Schools (and International Companies)
MottoThe Global Alliance in Management Education
ChairmanProfessor Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE
Academic staff
Combined from 31 schools
Students1200+ of 73 nationalities (2017-18 cohort)
31 countries across 5 continents
Campusmultiple sites
Alumni13 000+ (85 nationalities, work in over 75 countries) Roland Siegers

CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education or CEMS (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies) is a cooperation of leading business schools and universities with multinational companies and NGOs. The CEMS Global Alliance includes 31 academic institutions from every continent, 71 corporate partners and 7 social partners (NGOs) from around the globe.[1] 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.

CEMS MIM[edit]

CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a one-year degree program 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.[2] The aim of CEMS is to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master’s programs 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.

CEMS MiM usually consists of two semesters, of which one is at the home university and the other is spent abroad in a fellow CEMS member school. Some CEMS universities also allow their students to spent both semesters at CEMS member schools. 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".

Academic Members[edit]

Schools offering the CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM):[3]

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

Corporate Partners[edit]

CEMS currently totals 71 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.

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.[4]

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, nearly 13,000 CEMS students have graduated and gone on to become CEMS alumni.[5]

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 organizing 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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Key Facts & Figures - CEMS".
  2. ^ Symonds, Matt. "The Rise And Rise Of The Masters In Management".
  3. ^ "School list - CEMS".
  4. ^ "Social Partners - CEMS".
  5. ^ "CEMS Alumni Association - CEMS".