As well as changes to the CEMS curriculum, CEMS has worked on changing the Graduate Profile to align with the CEMS values. Key questions include; Who are the next global leaders? What do they need? How can we as a supportive alliance educate them today for the next steps in the future and their ongoing learning?
Big questions for sure, but when you are the consistently top ranked leading tertiary education alliance for over 20 years, asking questions and critical analysis is second nature. The answers? Simple. As leaders shaping leaders, CEMS has the opportunity to collectively listen to the whole alliance for these answers. Josep Franch, CEMS Chair of the Graduate profile Taskforce and marketing professor at ESADE, chaired a team of 17 stakeholders made up of students, companies, faculties, alumni and CEMS governance participants to dissect the next generations needs.
This two year project looked at tertiary education trends, with a workshop In Cairo 2022, where over 70 stakeholders from the General Assembly and the Academic Committee took part. In London 2023 the results from the Graduate Profile 2035 will be presented and with it, a new chapter commences for CEMS.
Now in this VUCA age (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity), skills are more important than ever before. Selection criteria, work experience, language and skill requirements were all looked at and debated. Creativity, the ability to think outside of the box, storytelling, an appreciation of a whole picture and an appreciation of change. The result from all the consultations and stakeholder wide workshops has meant that cross-border initiatives would have the most impact at increasing the interaction of students from different schools and stakeholders. This is CEMS specific and makes a huge difference.
Rita Soltesz from CEMS GO, “The unique selling proposition is actually the magic that happens on the way.”