CEMS History

Founding of CEMS

The CEMS Alliance is ‘arguably the most ambitious partnership in business education’. ‘At a time when the modern European Union did not yet exist, the Berlin Wall still stood, and the majority of business was conducted at a local, not international level, the pioneer program allowed students to travel between member schools and countries for their studies, equipping them with the necessary skills to succeed in the global economy.’

In 2002, the CEMS MIM was streamlined into a comprehensive one-year programme with a globally harmonised and thoroughly quality controlled curriculum. True to its founding principle - to have management education contribute to the building of bridges across all borders and boundaries, CEMS welcomed its first member schools from outside Europe in 2008. Since 2018, CEMS has been present on all inhabited continents of the world.

With the adoption of the CEMS Vision 2025, inspired by the fundamental challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century, the CEMS Global Alliance is emphasizing its commitment to developing responsible leaders for a more open, sustainable and inclusive future.

Dates that made the history of CEMS

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1996

1998

2002

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez joins as the 29th CEMS Academic Member
  • CEMS Celebrates 25 Years since it's founding in Barcelona, where the official founding took place.

2015

2017

2018

2020