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The Business School to host elite international graduation ceremony

24 Feb 2014

The University of Sydney Business School will host the 2017 graduation ceremony for students from around the world who have completed the internationally recognised CEMS Master's in International Management (MIM) program.

The MIM is the flagship pre-experience degree course offered by CEMS alliance members and attracts about a thousand students each year. The prestigious London based Financial Times has consistently ranked CEMS MIM in the top tier of programs of its kind.

The 2017 graduation will be the first to be held outside of Europe in the 25 year history of the elite CEMS alliance, which currently brings together nearly 30 of the world's leading Business Schools.

"We are both delighted and honoured to have been chosen to host the first CEMS annual event to be held outside of CEMS' 'historic homeland' of Europe," said the Business School's Co-Dean, Professor David Grant.

Over the past quarter of a century the CEMS alliance has grown beyond Europe to embrace top business schools in Asia, India and the Americas. The University of Sydney Business School is the sole Australian academic institution within the alliance, which is also supported by over 60 corporate partners, including many leading global firms. 

The decision to hold the late November 2017 ceremony in Sydney is being seen as a clear indication that CEMS has now become a truly global alliance. The decision also recognises the University of Sydney Business School's international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

"Our membership of CEMS and our delivery of the CEMS Master's in International Management is integral to the Business School's strategy of internationalisation and of providing world class business education programs," Professor Grant said.

These programs include the Business School's Master of Management, which is ranked in the top 50 courses of its kind in the world and in the top five in Asia by the Financial Times. It is the only Australian Master of Management program to appear in the Financial Times' ranking.

The CEMS MIM program, which is delivered by the Business School with support from corporate partners Deloitte and QBE Insurance , is described by the Associate Dean, Postgraduate, Professor John Shields, as "unique for its high degree of business embeddedness".

"CEMS offers high-calibre, internationally minded master's students a multi-country experience combining academic excellence and real-life business practice," Professor Shields said.

The Sydney graduation is expected to attract more than 700 graduating students, 1,500 family and friends and 150 academics from around the world. There will be a number of events held in association with the graduation ceremony and the Business School is now working to identify suitable venues.

These associated events include two days of CEMS meetings bringing together Business School Deans and members of CEMS governance boards, including program directors, program managers and corporate relations coordinators.

The most recent CEMS graduation ceremony was hosted by Barcelona's ESADE Business in November of last year.

Nineteen of the University of Sydney Business School's 21 CEMS MIM graduates attended the Barcelona ceremony. They were joined by many others who had also spent a semester with us on exchange from other CEMS Schools.

"The success of our Master of Management and our membership of the CEMS Alliance reflects our strong commitment to pre-experience degree courses that effectively equip students for leadership roles here in Australia and internationally," concluded Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin.