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A global educational alliance, more compelling than ever

CEMS 2013 300x225 A global educational alliance, more compelling than ever

A week ago, all of ESADE’s Barcelona campuses experienced the multiculturalism and global and innovative spirit which characterise our programmes closer than ever. As host of the CEMS Annual Events, ESADE had the honour of serving as the focal point for nearly 3,000 people linked to today’s academic world.

Four institutions founded the CEMS Alliance 25 years ago: ESADE, HEC and Cologne and Bocconi universities. Their aim was to create a European executive programme. That is how the CEMS-MIM (Master in International Management) was born, a programme habitually at the top of the Financial Times’ annual ranking of international programmes. Without doubt, the idea of a world without borders, one in which knowledge grows exponentially as it is shared amongst different networks, was ahead of its time.

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CEMS Annual Events 2010

eugenia1 CEMS Annual Events 2010On 3rd and 4th December, I travelled to Erasmus University in Rotterdam with Professors Lluís Pugès, Carlo Galluci and Josep Franch to attend the CEMS Annual Events. It was stimulating to see how the message of social responsibility, so ingrained in ESADE, is shared by other business schools and recognised by influential, internationally renowned institutions.

One of the highlights of the CEMS Annual Events was a lecture by Professor Muhammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to provide microcredits through Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. After his talk, I and a handful of others had the chance to share opinions with Professor Yunus about what business models we ought to support and how best to foster leadership and social innovation. Professor Yunus urged us to ensure that business schools remain acutely aware of their social role. It was a great privilege to speak face-to-face with Muhammad Yunus.

At the meeting of the CEMS Strategic Board, we elected a new CEMS chair, Thomas Bieger (President of the University of St. Gallen), to replace Bernard Ramanantsoa of HEC, who was standing down after eight years at the helm of CEMS.

I ran into Caroline Beckershaus and Tricia Smith of the University Programmes unit at the CEMS MIM graduation ceremony. Together with presidents, directors and deans of universities around the world, I donned full academic dress to help present official diplomas to more than 500 CEMS students, 40 of whom were from ESADE. For the students, the ceremony marked the end of an important stage in life, while opening the doors to another exciting stage.

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