CEMS Club Conference Rotterdam: Spring Semester 2023

The CEMS Club Conference (CCC) took place at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) from 10-12th of March. The CCC is an event organized each semester by the CEMS Club Support (CCS) Function of the Student Board with the aim to gather CEMS Club Presidents (CCPs) to share knowledge and best practices, share issues and learn from each other, network, and to learn about global issues in the CEMS Alliance.
CEMS Club Conference - Spring 2023

19 CEMS Club Presidents and 3 organizing members from the Student board gathered in the beautiful city of Rotterdam for the Spring 2023 CCC this year. During the two-day conference, presidents and student board representatives shared their best practices on club and event management and sustainability while also discussing global issues impacting the world and the CCs around the world. A part of the conference was further allocated to issue sharing where CC presidents had the opportunity to share which struggles they have had in their CEMS Clubs after which a group discussion followed where the aim was for the presidents to learn from other CEMS Clubs and how they have solved potential issues. Hilti, one of the CEMS Corporate partners, joined the conference by organizing a fun and engaging city game afternoon where CC presidents got to learn more about Rotterdam but most importantly about the Hilti company, their engaging corporate culture and amazing initiatives.

An opening remark by the RSM Academic Director Dr. René Olie kicked off the CCC followed by introductions of the different CEMS Clubs from around the world and their best practices within several themes such as sustainability. The session then proceeded with information sharing and workshops where CC presidents came together in teams to discuss several crucial topics. The first day of the conference ended with an inspiring presentation by Victor Tibo from CEMS entrepreneurs, that presented the CEMS entrepreneurs initiative aiming to help CEMS students interested in entrepreneurship pursue their goals and ideas. Thereafter, the presidents participated in a fun social event with a pub quiz organized by the local RSM CEMS Club where presidents got to know each other more.

The second day was about spreading information about the different initiatives taken by CEMS and the student board and how they could assist the individual CEMS Clubs even further. The day was kicked off by the CC Awards Ceremony where the winners with best practices in the previous semester were announced, CEMS Club Prague (1st place), CEMS Club St. Gallen (2nd place) and CEMS Club Cairo (3rd place). The CC Awards is about CEMS Clubs’ best practices within several different topics such as social, corporate and sustainability where one CEMS Club with the highest overall score wins. This was followed by an engaging and inspiring afternoon event with Hilti and dinner. Both conference days were also filled with workshops on how to manage funding of CEMS Clubs and elevator pitches by presidents suggesting new ideas to execute globally. Amongst other things, one discussion topic was how to bring the CEMS Clubs closer together, create a larger social impact and global collaboration.

The conference came to a close with an interesting election and handover workshop and a final evaluation of this semester’s conference. The CEMS Club Support Function and the Student Board would like to extend their gratitude to Hilti for joining this semester’s conference in such an engaging way which was a unique opportunity to interact with a CEMS Corporate Partner. They would also like to send warm regards to the RSM Academic Director Dr. Ren2 Olie, Program Assistant Paul den Outer and the local RSM CEMS Club for hosting a successful conference and their continuous support throughout the spring CCC 2023.

CEMS Club Conference Spring 2023