Flashback: CEMS Annual Events

8 Dec

The Networking Event of the Year, CEMS Annual Events 2014, took place on November 27 – 29, 2014 in Brussels. The Annual Events are organized on a rotating basis by 29 member schools. This year the 26th CEMS Annual Events has been hosted by Belgian Louvain School of Management.

During these three days, close to 3.000 member of the whole “CEMS family” gathered in Brussels, assembling graduates and their relatives, boards members, executives, academic staff, alumni and corporate partners from all 29 CEMS partner universities. VSE was represented by: prof. Hana Machková (Rector, Strategic Board Member), prof. Ivan Nový (Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration – home faculty of the CEMS Programme, doc. Jiří Hnilica (Vice-President for International Relations and IS, Executive Board Member), Ing. Ladislav Tyll, MBA (Academic Director), PhDr. Zdena Pošvicová (Language Sub-committee Member), Pavlína Frydrychová (Programme Manager) and Šárka Otčenášková (Communications Manager).

The Annual Events are the highlight of the CEMS year. They represent an exceptional opportunity to bring together the entire community for discussions, decision-makings and formal announcements. On Novebmer 27 – 28, the program was full of Executive Board Meetings, Academic Directors Meetings, MBC Steering Committee, Programme Managers Meetings, Communication Directors Meetings, Corporate Partners Meetings and Student Board Meetings. These meeting are very helpful and rewarding, participants can share their positive and also negative experience which can be inspiring for other members. Evenings are dedicated to the networking events where further useful relations are established.

This year CEMS student from the University of Economics, Prague, Karel Kotoun, has been elected a CEMS Global Student Board President for the upcoming year. His main strategy is linkage and connection of the Asian region with the core of the CEMS Alliance. Congratulations!

The peak of the event is a graduation of CEMS MIM students which was held on November 29. From over than 1000 CEMS students who have finished their studies recently, almost 700 CEMS graduates came to Brussels. VSE has been represented by 40 students from the amount of 47 who have completed their CEMS MIM degree recently. During the ceremony the winners of particular categories are announced:  e.g. the best Block Seminar, Business Project, course or school. Over 700 graduating students had briefing in the afternoon to know the organizational part of the event. Always 10 students went to the stage and got diplomas. Diplomas were handed by the top-management of particular universities, Mrs. Hana Machková represented VŠE at the stage.

More detailed information can be found here.

Future CEMS Annual Events

  • 2015 – GSOM St Petersburg (date TBC)
  • 2016 – SSE Stockholm (dates TBC)
  • 2017 – USYD University of Sydney (dates TBC)
  • 2018 – Koç University Istanbul (dates TBC)

Admissions for the academic year 2015/2016

The application period is already open, the deadline for submitting the admissions is on February 27, 2015. The Assessment Centre will be held in late March 2015 and in early April applicants will know whether they are admitted. More info is available here: http://cemsmim.vse.cz/english/admission/admission/.

If you have an excellent level of English language (C1), try to apply. CEMS is truly great programme. What makes the program so special? The mandatory part of the CEMS curriculum is one term abroad at some of the 29 CEMS partner universities – only one best business school of each country can be a CEMS school. Furthermore you will be constantly in contact with the companies like Plzeňský Prazdroj, Škoda Auto, Google, L’Oréal, Unibail-Rodamco, A.T. Kearney, Hilti, Vodafone, Indesit and many more. The cooperation with CEMS corporate partners is also a mandatory part of the curriculum. Hence, 95 % of CEMS alumni were employed within 3 months of graduation. Some CEMSies find a job also during the CEMS Career Forum which is the 2-day event where companies hire only CEMSies. The CEMS Programme has many other benefits that students would know after becoming a CEMS student, e.g. they notice striking personal development during the studies.