Global Alliance in Management Education

CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education
Established 1988
Chairman Andrea Sironi (Università Bocconi, UB, Italy)
Academic staff
Combined from 30 schools
Students 1260+ (2016-17 cohort)
Location 29 countries across 5 continents

CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education or CEMS (formerly the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies) is a cooperation of the world's leading business schools and universities with multinational companies and NGOs.

The CEMS Global Alliance includes 30 academic institutions from 5 continents, 72 corporate partners and 5 social partners 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.

The CEMS MIM has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Financial Times Master's Ranking since its creation in 2005.[2] CEMS has over 10,752 alumni of 85 nationalities working in 75 countries.


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.[3] 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.

These individuals will show leadership through:

CEMS MIM consists of a base semester (usually part of the standard degree at the home university) followed by a second semester spent abroad in a fellow CEMS member school. 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".


The CEMS MIM has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Financial Times Master’s in Management ranking since its creation in 2005.[4]

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Financial Times Ranking 4 5 7 3 2 2 1 3 2 2 3

CEMS Academic Members

Schools offering the CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM):[5]

Country or region School
 Australia The University of Sydney Business School
 Austria WU (Vienna University of Economics & Business)
 Belgium Louvain School of Management
 Brazil Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-FGV
 Canada Ivey Business School
 Chile Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
 China Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
 Czech Republic University of Economics, Prague
 Denmark Copenhagen Business School
 Finland Aalto University School of Business
 France HEC Paris
 Germany University of Cologne
 Hong Kong HKUST Business School
 Hungary Corvinus University of Budapest
 India Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
 Ireland UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
 Italy Università Bocconi
 Japan Keio University
 Netherlands Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
 Norway Norwegian School of Economics
 Poland Warsaw School of Economics
 Portugal Nova School of Business and Economics
 Russia Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University
 Singapore National University of Singapore
 South Korea Korea University Business School
 Spain ESADE Business School
 Sweden Stockholm School of Economics
  Switzerland University of St.Gallen
 Turkey Koç University Graduate School of Business
 United Kingdom The London School of Economics and Political Science

CEMS Corporate Partners

CEMS currently totals 70+ 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.

List of partners:[6]

CEMS Social Partners

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.[7]

CEMS Alumni Association (CAA)

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 close to 10,000 CEMS students have graduated and gone on to become CEMS alumni.[8]

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.


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