How did CEMS Start?
CEMS is first and foremost a community. A community is a social unit that shares space - locations, mindsets and attitudes. What makes the CEMS community so wonderful is the longevity and sense of belonging that still shines through thirty five years on.
Founded in 1988, the team that worked on bringing a shared management education across countries together. Jean Paul Larçon, CEMS founder from HEC, shares the team's thinking from the 80s, "At the time European education did not exist, management education had flourished in the various European countries according to totally different styles. We wanted to bring these worlds together!"
CEMS brings worlds together
This idea of bringing these worlds together was a huge challenge especially considering that the ambition was always to be as integrated as possible.
The international popularity of the MBA model versus the very different degree programmes, teaching traditions and cultures that made Europe meant that CEMS needed to offer something more to be visible and powerful.
A bold and disruptive approach was adopted and a programme promptly implemented in 1989 when the first students and academics started what we now know and experience.
Cairo Annual Events
After two years without a global CEMS event due to the 2020 Pandemic, December 2022 saw the much anticipated return of the popular annual events. Plenaries, meetings, gradutation ceremonies.
"I am delighted that in 2022 the School of Business of The American University in Cairo hosted the CEMS Annual Events with its diverse range of social and networking activities and its long-anticipated graduation ceremony, which took place under the majestic plateau of the Great Pyramids of Giza. It was truly special to see the members of the CEMS community from many countries around the world gathered together for the first time since 2019. The spirit and vibes among the participants were extraordinary throughout the week. The events demonstrated that nothing beats meeting, communicating, and celebrating in person with colleagues, friends, and of course, the members of the graduating classes of the MIM program and their families during this special occasion. As a school team, we hope the events and the graduation ceremony offered the CEMS community a unique, enriching, cultural, and memorable experience.”
"It was such pleasure to come together as a CEMS community to celebrate the graduation of our 2020, 2021 and 2022 cohort, after a couple of very challenging years. I could not think of a more magical venue than the plateau of the Great Pyramids of Giza, nor a more welcoming reception offered by our gracious hosts from the American University in Cairo. It was truly a memorable experience and a wonderful opportunity to connect, celebrate our student’s achievements and work together to build and enhance the CEMS Alliance and our world leading Masters in International Management. I look forward to welcoming you all to London for the CEMS graduation of 2023."
Over 1200 people attended the CEMS Annual Events
CEMS Career Forum
A much anticipated return to this popular event. Held at ESADE, Barcelona, Spain, the 2022 Career Forum saw our students find their next step with our Corporate Partners.
Thanks to the organising teams and to ESADE for hosting a wonderful event.
Thank you to all who attended
"The commitment of the students and how open they are and how they think of more questions, is really impressive!”
Covering many industries the CEMS Career's Forum is the place to be to be seen by new talent.
45 Corporate Partners
The Corporate Partners were impressed by the talent and skill of our students.
900+ Students & Alumni
Interviews, skill seminars the November 2022 events saw an almost 100% satisfaction of the event.
The November 2023 Career Forum will take place in Barcelona.
Details Coming Soon.
IN FOCUS: CORPORATE PARTNER
Hilti is a long standing CEMS Corporate Partner. While corporate culture takes years to build, the company has managed to blend the entrepreneurial spirit of a small agile start-up with the great processes and structures of a big corporation.
Hilti has seen first hand how the CEMS profile is a key asset to their business. "What is unique about our culture at Hilti is the combination of two elements: caring and performance, which at a glance may seem like opposing elements. The caring element focuses on a team orientation, putting people at the centre, integrity, honesty, and inclusion. On the other side, we have a strong performance orientation that comes along with competitiveness, courage, going the extra mile, and taking risk. What’s fascinating is that the “warm” element of caring goes hand in hand with “cold” element of excellent performance, which creates unique essence of our culture."
HUMANS OF CEMS
Nina is the founder and CEO of Bloom Money, a technology platform to provide migrants with familiar financial services.
She graduated from the LSE's Global Master's in Management in 2017 and pursued a career in FinTech working at Mastercard, Starling Bank, Bud, and Klarna.
Nina is listed as a Women in Fintech power list. Awarded the 2019 CEMS Junior Alumna of the Year for upholding CEMS values.
THE WORLD OF CEMS NOW SPANS OVER 34 ACADEMIC PARTNERS, +72 CORPORATE PARTNERS, 7 SOCIAL PARTNERS AND NEARLY 20K ALUMNI
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CEMS WORLD - See our video from 2016