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CEMS MIM Students to collaborate with University of Cape Town

  • Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2020

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The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) is the first business school in sub-Saharan Africa to join the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education. The one-year master’s programme has open registrations for its first intake in South Africa in September 2021.

The collaboration will provide the opportunity for CEMS MIM students at UCD Smurfit School who wish to gain part of their business education from a leading South African university. It is believed that the UCTs expertise of teaching students how to produce excellence in a tough operating environment as well as its entrepreneurial spirit, will benefit the whole CEMS global network–including students at UCD Smurfit School–in uncertain times.

The UCT GSB joins the CEMS global network of 32 existing academic members, including UCD Smurfit School, 70 corporate partners (multinational companies) and 7 social partners (NGOs), dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders, through the top ranked CEMS Master in international management (MIM).

UCD Smurfit School’s MIM programme is ranked 7th in the world by the Financial Times.

Preparing students for thinking on a global scale

The CEMS Master in International Management is a one-year, pre-experience programme delivered by CEMS academic and corporate partners that offers students the opportunity to be educated in a truly multicultural and boundless classroom. Students with a sound academic track record, who wish to embark on a career in management that spans the globe will find this to be the ideal postgraduate programme.

Students enrolled in the programme study for one semester at their home university, with study abroad in a different CEMS member school. In addition to completing a home degree, students complete a consulting project and an international internship. Upon graduation, students’ careers take a truly international path in a great variety of sectors and in many cases within multinational companies:
• 98% are employed or continuing their studies
• 95% are living outside of their home country
• 74% work for multinational companies

Roland Siegers, Executive Director of CEMS says that modern business education is a developing field—the continuous interaction among CEMS stakeholders keeps innovation at the forefront, making CEMS the ideal choice for future international business leaders.

“The MIM emphasises personal and social responsibility in business decision-making, leadership and citizenship, informed by ethical reasoning, personal integrity, and respect for social diversity. The programme helps students understand and navigate the international business environment, whilst equipping them with the knowledge, skills and network to manage people across borders and within multinational teams, tackling real business issues across a range of fields,” he says.

Producing excellence in a tough operating environment

The UCT GSB is the first business school in sub-Saharan Africa to join this network and Dr Beverly Shrand, Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for the Executive Education division at the UCT Graduate School of Business, believes that it has a particularly relevant contribution to make–especially at this time. “The UCT GSB’s recognised expertise in teaching students how to produce excellence in tough operating environments, characterised by high inequality and uncertainty, has made its programme internationally sought-after qualifications,” she comments.

“In South Africa, we have had to deal with VUCA factors (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) on a magnitude and scale far beyond what business schools in developed contexts have had to grapple with before now. For example, in Cape Town we are operating in a city that nearly became the first in the world to run out of water. This unlocked a flowering of innovation and resilience strategies from government, businesses and citizens alike. VUCA factors are part of our lived reality, and that gives us an edge in infusing our teaching with experiential and practical learning to equip graduates to find solutions for business and societal challenges.”

For more information on this unique dual degree with graduates awarded an MSc in International Management from UCD Smurfit School and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from CEMS. For more information on how to apply go to or


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