The Annual Events, hosted by the exclusive Russian CEMS member school, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University (GSOM) welcomed the Korea University Business School (KUBS) as the newest member of the CEMS Global Alliance, saw the induction of 6 new Corporate Partners (CPs), as well as the graduation of the largest class in CEMS history.

CEMS Welcomes the Korea University Business School

Founded in 1905 as the department of plutology, KUBS was the first business educational institute to be established in the nation. KUBS is the center of business research in Korea as well as a cradle for the fostering of leaders who contribute to the development of the country and the people.

Currently in the 21st century, KUBS has gone beyond being the best in Korea to becoming a world-class business school. After being the first in the nation to earn 5-year re-accreditations for both AACSB and EQUIS, the two most prestigious international business education accreditations, KUBS has also ranked No. 21 in an average of the past three years in UK “Financial Times (FT) Global Top 100 Executive MBA Rankings” (No. 1 in Korea), reaffirming its international positioning in the world.

Partnerships continue to grow with the Induction of 6 New CEMS Corporate Partners

CEMS Corporate Partnership (CP) is an exclusive academic-corporate collaboration in which CPs contribute to various activities across the globe including involvement in the MIM programme and benefit from privileged access to a global pool of top talent from the world’s leading business schools.

This year CEMS introduced 6 new CPs into the Alliance, including: Boston Consulting Group, BRF, MET, Bank of Moscow, Uniplaces, and OTP Bank.

“MET Group’s further successful and dynamic growth in Europe is directly linked to hiring and empowering the highest potentials, and we firmly believe that the company’s culture and HR strategy is in close alignment with the reputation of the CEMS MIM Program,” says Bence Novák, Group Chief of Staff, MET Holding AG

Record number of graduates and the election of the second Alumna of the Year

“Thanks to the great hospitality of the GSOM staff and student helpers, this year we experienced an incredible series of events at the Hermitage Museum, the new GSOM Mikhailovskay Dacha Campus, and we celebrated the CEMS Graduation Ceremony at the beautiful Mariinsky Theatre, with 1078 graduates from 62 countries receiving their diploma both on and off stage. In these turbulent times, these events served as a strong reminder of the strength of our community and our collective values to understand and draw upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy,” says Roland Siegers.

The CEMS Alumni Association (CAA) introduced the winner of the Alumnus of the Year,Christian Mischler, is the Co-Founder, Chairman & CMO at HotelQuickly, Sydney / Bangkok / Hong Kong. He graduated from CEMS in 2010 from the University of St. Gallen with his exchange at Rotterdam School of Management. The CAA also hosted a networking brunch organised on Sunday, following the events.

The graduation ceremony also included the announcement of the winners for the awards of the year including :

Block Seminar of the Year

Nadim Habib and Miguel Pina e Cunha From Creativity to Innovation NOVA

Courses of the Year

Strategy: Almeida Costa Negotiation Strategy NOVA
GMP: Remy Magnier-Watanabe Global Management Practice KEIO
Exclusive: Phillip Nell Managing and Analyzing Data for Business Decisions WU

Business Project of the Year

ENGIE, Daniel van den Dries (RSM) and Bart Walraven (ENGIE) Cofely West Industrie: Expansion Of International Marine & Offshore Business RSM
AT KEARNEY, Jonas Puck, Thomas Lindner, Moritz Putzhammer and Michael Tatschl (ATK) A Strategy Project in Consumer Health Care WU
AT KEARNEY, Jürgen Brücker, Andreas Wittmer, Dorian Garbe (ATK) and Dario Pirovino (ATK) A Future Market for Switzerland: Defining the Strategy to Become the Leading Player in Consumer Healthcare HSG

CEMS School of the Year

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)