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Global Alliance in Management Education

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 32 academic institutions from every continent, nearly 70 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 with baseline logo.svg
Former name
Community of European Management Schools (and International Companies)
ChairmanProfessor Gregory Whitwell, Dean of the University of Sydney Business School
Executive DirectorRoland Siegers
Academic staff
Combined from 32 schools
Students1200+ of 73 nationalities (2017-18 cohort)
31 countries in 5 continents
Campusmultiple sites
Alumni14 000+ (108 nationalities, work in over 75 countries)



CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a one-year degree program for a select group of students at the member institutions, taught jointly by CEMS business schools and universities Created in 1988 by founding members from the University of Cologne, HEC Paris, ESADE and the Università Bocconi, it was the first supra-national MSc.[2] The aim of CEMS is to provide education and research for students who aspire to play a role in the development and direction of enterprises in a global context.

A CEMS MIM usually consists of two semesters, one at the home university and the other in a CEMS member school abroad. Some CEMS universities allow their students to spent both semesters at CEMS member schools. In addition to completing one's home degree, graduation from CEMS also requires completion of a business project, skill seminars, an international internship, and 2 foreign language exams.

Each CEMS academic member has a limited number of places available. In many cases, schools have pre-requisites to be admitted into the selection process, including a high grade average and proof of language skills. The selection process typically requires thestudent to already be enrolled or selected for a Master of Business degree with a member university prior to applying for the CEMS MIM. CEMS graduates receive both a degree from their home institution as well as from CEMS .

Academic MembersEdit

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

Country/Region 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
  United States Cornell University Ithaca

Corporate PartnersEdit

Nearly 70 Corporate Partners contribute financially on an annual basis and provide the programme with human resources and input into the curriculum itself. They chart skills courses, give lectures or invite CEMS students to company activities where students learn about 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 PartnersEdit

The first 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 for Responsible Management Education) declaration.[4]

Alumni Association (CAA)Edit

The CEMS Alumni Association (CAA), founded in 1993 by CEMS graduates 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 of CEMS alumni. The local committees 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. It proposes and develops initiatives to foster career and personal development opportunities of its alumni members and represents alumni interests on the CEMS Executive Board


  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".

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