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 on five continents, 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.

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.[3]

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 spend both semesters at CEMS member schools including Keio University in Tokyo.[4] 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 the student to already be enrolled or selected for a Master of Business degree with a member university prior to applying for the CEMS MIM.[5] CEMS graduates receive both a degree from their home institution as well as from CEMS.[4]

Academic Members

Schools offering the CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM):[6]

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[3][7] 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 Partners

Nearly 70 Corporate Partners contribute financially on an annual basis and provide the programme with human resources and input into the curriculum itself in each country they are based.[lower-alpha 1] 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.

Students are advised to be responsible and arrange by themselves an internship partner which will accept the student intern for at least ten consecutive weeks. There are student visa requirements that each student takes responsibility to abide to, and it includes that the regulation varies by each local government.[4]

Social Partners

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.[9]

Alumni Association (CAA)

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.[10] For the year 2018, the graduation ceremony took place in Malta with CEMS students from CEMS schools on the global network. They numbered above 600 and came together to receive diplomas.[11][12]

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.

While students stay at the partner universities, there are supporting groups called "CEMS clubs" through which students share identity as a CEMS student, and the extended network of CEMS students spans schools across the world.[13]



  1. Two Japanese corporations are the CEMS Company Partners (CPs) supporting Keio University, from among those 70 registered CEMS CPs as multinational companies. Namedly, by alphabetical order those are the Kōwa Co., Ltd., as well as the Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.[8]


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  12. "The CEMS Graduation Ceremony". Keio University Global Page at Facebook. December 8, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
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