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CEMS DACH Forum at the University of Cologne

Students explored global trends and built valuable contacts.

Group photo of CEMS DACH Forum participants

After the CEMS UN Model FCCC Roleplay in May, the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne hosted another of the most important CEMS events in the academic year shortly afterwards: The CEMS DACH Forum, a regional conference rotating between the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the University of Cologne and the University of St. Gallen.

This year's CEMS DACH Forum From May 30th to June 2nd under the academic leadership of Prof. Dr Marc Oliver Bettzüge (holder of the WiSo Chair of Energy Economics) addressed the topic “Global Strategy in a Fragmenting World”. The he already renovated premises of the WiSo building served as a home for the academic lectures, corporate presentations, case study workshops and other networking events. he participants were by no means only from CEMS universities in the DACH region: 46 students from 15 universities came together to share their thoughts and engage in conversations regarding current global trends in geopolitics.

The CEMS network is a Global Alliance of 34 leading business schools across five continents and more than 80 multinational corporations and NGOs that jointly offer the CEMS Master in International Management (CEMS MIM). Only one among the most reputed schools of a country can become a member of the alliance. The University of Cologne represents Germany.

“Attending the CEMS DACH Forum was a memorable experience filled with thought-provoking discussions, unforgettable social events, and personal growth. It was a great mix of knowledge, fun, and connection. I expanded my horizons, met exceptional individuals, and left feeling motivated to make a difference!” - Lucie Spohn from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

As part of the academic lectures, participants could learn more about our fragmenting world through three different perspectives: business, economics and politics. The lectures were complemented with practical case studies provided by CEMS corporate partners. The combination of the theoretical and practice-based approaches ensured that participants gain a complex knowledge about current trends and trained them on critically thinking when evaluating complex and unsure situations at any point in time.

We sincerely thank again all our participants, lecturers, our organising team and the CEMS Corporate Partners who dedicated their time and effort for making this year’s Forum a success.