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CEMS MIM in Aalto University

CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, brings together 32 leading business schools and almost 80 multinational companies and NGOs, who jointly offer the top-ranked, international and practice-oriented CEMS Master's in International Management (MIM) programme.
CEMS Graduation 2018_Photo: CEMS official

CEMS was established in 1988 by four leading European business schools: ESADE, HEC Paris, Bocconi University and the University of Cologne. Aalto University School of Business (previously Helsinki School of Economics) is a proud member of the CEMS alliance since 1998. Aalto University on the CEMS pages.

Developed and delivered in intensive collaboration between academics and business leaders, the CEMS MIM programme builds a bridge between university education and working life. Combining cutting-edge theoretical knowledge, real life cases and discussions with corporate representatives the CEMS MIM programme enables students to develop their capabilities to craft insightful and sustainable solutions for businesses and other organisations.

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CEMS MIM studies

The CEMS MIM comprises of a carefully-designed curriculum that achieves one of the main goals of the alliance as a whole: to combine academic theory with business practice. The CEMS MIM study experience is characterized by intensive collaboration among the diverse members of the network: bright students, active alumni, accomplished academics, international companies and social partners, and more.

During the programme, students are exposed to interdisciplinary challenges in an international context and are encouraged to adopt an analytical and critical attitude in lectures, discussions and project work.

The workload of the programme is 66 ECTS in total, with a minimum requirement of 24 ECTS successfully completed in each term.

The MIM Programme consists of three terms: two academic terms (Term 1 & Term 2) and the internship term (Term 3). The two academic terms must be consecutive (starting in autumn), while the internship (Term 3) can take place at any time during the graduate period of studies, but not overlapping with Term 1 and Term 2. Students must spend one of the academic terms and the internship term abroad. 

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CEMS Business Project Finale at KONE with Fairtade_Photo: Henrik Eikefjord

CEMS corporate and social partners

CEMS was built on the vision of creating a bridge between the academic and corporate worlds. Since 2010, CEMS has also integrated non-profit organisations as social partners to positively influence all members of the CEMS alliance. CEMS corporate and social partners are active contributors to the CEMS network inside and outside of the MIM curriculum.

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In CEMS you get an opportunity to learn how to build both economically and environmentally sustainable businesses in a multicultural world.

Linda Tenho, CEMS Aalto Alumna and Associate Business Analyst at Salesforce
CEMS Graduation 2017_Photo: CEMS Alliance

CEMS Graduate placement

CEMS 2016 graduate profile

  • 97% are employed or continuing their studies
  • 49% are living outside of their home country
  • 75% work for multinational companies

Main functional areas of recent graduates

  • Consulting / Analyst: 33 %
  • Marketing / Communications / Advertising: 14 %
  • Business / Market development: 13 %
  • Sales: 11 %
  • General Management: 7 %

Note: Statistics are based on the CEMS Recent Graduate Survey conducted in September 2017.

CEMS Mission statement

CEMS is dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. The CEMS academic and corporate members work collectively to develop knowledge and provide education that is essential in the multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world.

Common to all activities is the aim of promoting global citizenship, with particular emphasis placed upon the following values:

  • The pursuit of excellence with high standards of performance and ethical conduct,
  • Understanding and drawing upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy,
  • Professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society as a whole.
Aalto CEMS logo
Aalto CEMS logo

Master´s Programme in Global Management (including CEMS MIM)

The Global Management programme with CEMS Master’s in International Management grows agile, reflective and responsible decision-makers who embrace change. Students learn to identify and harness opportunities and solve challenges in a rapidly transforming global business environment.

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MSc in Global Management (including CEMS MIM).

Two ways to CEMS MIM at Aalto University

Master's in Global Management / CEMS (120 ECTS)

The Master’s Programme in Global Management / CEMS offers the students two highly prestigious qualifications: MSc in Economics and Business administration granted by Aalto University School of Business and CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM) granted by CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education.

The Global Management MSc programme with CEMS MIM has a fixed, carefully designed curriculum including studies in one of the six specialisation areas and the CEMS MIM studies, including an exchange semester at another CEMS school.

Next application round: December 2, 2019 - January 3, 2020 (at 3:00 pm, GMT +2).

How to apply.

CEMS MIM opportunity with other Aalto Master's Programmes (66 ECTS)

Students already enrolled in one of Aalto University’s study programmes can apply for the one-year ‘crown-model’ CEMS MIM (66 ECTS) to be completed in parallel with their regular Aalto MSc studies. To be eligible for this option, an applicant must be either a Master’s level student or in the last year of their Bachelor’s studies when applying.

Next application round: November 13 – December 13, 2019 (noon, GMT +2). More information.

To the application form. 

Two ways to study CEMS MIM at Aalto University
Two ways to CEMS MIM at Aalto University

Application to one-year CEMS MIM

CEMS Master's in International Management (MIM) is a one-year programme open for Aalto students that includes an exchange semester at another CEMS university, CEMS courses, an extensive business project, an international internship, and seminars familiarising the students with skills required in working life.

More about CEMS MIM option for Aalto students and how to apply
CEMS_MIM_Photo: Henrik Eikefjord
CEMS Aalto team_Photo: Kenny Ronkainen

Contact information

CEMS Programme and Corporate Relations Managers

Liisa Kotilainen
[email protected]
+358 40 353 8166
Y120, Ekonominaukio 1

Arja Sahlberg
[email protected]
+358 40 353 8165
Y120, Ekonominaukio 1

CEMS Academic Director

Rita Järventie-Thesleff
[email protected]
+358 50 348 2051
Y120, Ekonominaukio 1

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