January 2022
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Dear CEMS Partner,

Best wishes for 2022 from our CEMS Office at the University of Cologne! 

After two exhausting years, we are very happy to start on 1 April our next CEMS semester with all students in physical attendance at the University of Cologne.

To provide our students with a lot of practical insides, we have already started planning our curriculum with some of you. But we are still looking for more Skill Seminars and guest lectures, or other contributions for our CEMS programme. Please find further information below and let me know if you are interested. Thank you.

We can't wait to see some of you in person in 2022.

Enjoy reading!

Christa Leenen-Poser
Corporate Relations Manager

WiSo professor Matthias Heinz wins first                  ERC Starting Grant in business administration              in Germany 

Matthias Heinz, professor for strategy at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne, receives the prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his project "Managing People - How Employees' Social Preferences Shape the Returns to Management Practices". Professor Heinz thus wins the first and so far only ERC Starting Grant for a researcher in business administration in Germany. With the Starting Grant, the European Research Council (ERC) supports excellent young scientists with up to 1.5 million euros for a period of five years.
In "Managing People", Matthias Heinz introduces new management practices in randomly selected workplaces in firms. The aim of the projects is to analyze how employees' social preferences shape the returns of management practices.

Matthias Heinz is a member of the school’s Key Research Initiative (KRI) „Behavioural Management Science“ and spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy, as well as a lecturer within the CEMS MIM Programme. Further information please find here.

This project helps to clarify to what extent employees’ social preferences matter for the management, organizational structure and design of firms and workplace productivity. I have also incorporated these insights into my teaching as part of my CEMS MIM Business Project and my CEMS MIM course on Global Leadership”, says Matthias Heinz.
CEMS Skill Seminars
A big thank you to our Corporate Partners Amplifon, Bain & Company, Barilla, DHL Consulting, and McKinsey & Company for providing our CEMS students five online CEMS Skill Seminars last semester at UoC. 
From May to Mid-July 2022 we are still looking for several CEMS Skill Seminars. We welcome proposals for seminars offered in person, either at your offices or on the UoC for half or full days.

CEMS Business Projects
We are very impressed by the amount of Business Projects that reached us for 2022. We would like to thank all contributors for 30+ interesting projects. We were able to accomodate nine projects for our spring cohort starting on 1 April 2022. 
For those companies we couldn't accomodate in spring, we would like to offer the option to work on your projects with other WiSo students next fall term. Please let us know by mid-April if you are interested so that we can offer your projects to the different areas at our WiSo faculty.

CEMS Guest lectures
We have several options for CEMS guest lectures in the upcoming spring and in our fall semester starting in September 2022.
  • CEMS Global Citizenship (2 + 9. April 2022) conducted by Veronika Seitler-Käfer
  • CEMS Core Corse Global Leadership (Fridays in May/Mid-June) conducted by Dr. Meir Shemla
  • Model UNFCCC - Climate Change Strategy Role Play (March-April) conducted by Professor Bettzüge
  • CEMS Block Seminar Energy, Climate & the Business response (23.-28. September 2022) conducted by Professor Bettzüge
  • CEMS Core Course Global Strategy (September/October 2022) conducted by Professor Bettzüge
Please let us know via if you are interested to provide a guest lecture with practical insides. We happily offer further information if you would like to start organising a collaboration.

Furthermore, we are always open to organise a get-together after your lecture if you would like to sponsor some snacks & drinks to mix and mingle with our students in a nice atmosphere.
CEMS Selection Interviews 
This year our CEMS selection interviews will take place online from 4 - 31 May 2022. We hope that some of our Corporate & Social Partners or your CEMS alumni are interested in joining us for half a day to interview the Cologne candidates. The team consists of a professor, our Programme Manager Alexandra Overath or our Director of the International Relations Center, Diana Hehle. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me via if you are interested in being part of our selection team.

Job offers, Internships and Events 
Do not miss the opportunity to send us your advertisements for internships, job offers, or events via by the 25th of the month. We offer our CEMS students a monthly newsletter with information about their CEMS studies, the CEMS Club activities, and the advertisements from our CEMS Corporate and Social Partner. 

For the upcoming spring term, we warmly welcome 38 CEMS students at the University of Cologne, who will be starting their classes again in physical attendance on campus from 1 April until mid-July 2022. 

The cohort includes 12 students from UoC and 26 incoming students from 18 CEMS partner universities, representing 15 nationalities.

Please learn more about our students in our CV Book here and feel free to contact them.
  NEW BOARD 2022                                                                                                                                                                                        
Photo from left to right:  
Oskar Glaser (Socials & Club)
Nina Eickmeier (Corporate Relations)
Valentin Gellert (CEMS Club)
Rica Weißenberg ( Marketing)
Julian Janke (Internationals),
Smilla Schwörer (Alumni, Members & IT)
Hendrik Hüsselmann (Finance)

As in previous years, the board of the PIM & CEMS Student & Alumni Club Cologne e.V. has been renewed at the beginning of 2022. We would like like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves.

For you as CEMS Corporate & Social Partner, I, Nina Eickmeier (Corporate Relations President), am the first point of contact. I take care of the communication with you and the organisation of common events. You are more than welcome to write Valentin Gellert (CEMS Club President) if you have any questions or comments. You can reach us via: & 

We are very excited and motivated to organise successful and great events this year and to strengthen the contact between students and companies. We are especially looking forward to the annual Speed Recruiting, our biggest event. We have already started planning the Global Alumni Week from 29 March to 1 April 2022. If we have sparked your interest in a collaboration, please feel free to contact us!

We are looking forward to working with you and wish you a successful and healthy 2022!

According to our Graduate Survey 2021, 35% work in the Consulting, 17% in the Tech and 15% in the Finance Industry. Also, 85% already worked outside of their home country and 22% live in Germany and 13% outside of Europe.

Please find here some more statistics about our CEMS Graduates
: Graduate Survey 2021



NOVA in partnership with CEMS is leading the Estoril Conference that will take place on 1-2 September 2022 in Portugal under the main theme “The Purpose Generation: Becoming the Changemakers of Tomorrow”.
A bi-annual gathering of global leaders and changemakers looking to inspire youth worldwide for an open and disruptive dialogue on global challenges.
For more details please visit and watch the below video.


New CEMS Corporate Partners
Get exclusive access to CEMS students globally and take this opportunity to advertise your career opportunities and organize pre-scheduled interviews with CEMS students. Broaden your team with qualified CEMSies of diverse backgrounds.
  • Where: Online platform
  • Who: All CEMS students studying in the class year 2021/22
  • How: Post targeted job and internship opportunities and schedule interviews during the event
  • Cost: Included in the CEMS Partnership Package (no additional costs)
  • Registration deadline: February 1st
Learn More

Promote your brand and career paths to students from Asia-Pacific and interested in the region by engaging with them during a skill seminar, in a career workshop or panel discussion. You can find more information here and register until February 5.
Learn More

Find below a glimpse into what happenned at the Career Forum !

Watch the Aftermovie
Career Forum 2022 in Barcelona 

It is our great pleasure to announce that the CEMS Career Forum 2022 will take place in Barcelona hosted by ESADE Business School. We look forward meeting you next year in person.

Would you like to highlight your company globally to 1200+ CEMS students and 17000+ CEMS Alumni?  If you would like to host a corporate partner focused event in collaboration with a CEMS academic member, CEMS Club or Local Alumni Chapter, we would be happy to connect.  GAW will take place from March 29th through April 1st, 2022.  We hope to see you there. Contact for more information.

We are happy to share with you the latest CEMS Calendar. Some highlights of the term 2 will be the regional events that will take place in spring in Barcelona (ESADE), Warsaw (SGH) and Helsinki (Aalto). Also, take notice of the Global Recruitment Event and APAC Week to be held in March 2022. Additionally, many other local events are awaiting you and even more events will be announced throughout the year.

Please note that it is a provisional calendar and events and activities may be adjusted / postponed or held virtually in light of the covid-19 developments.
Download the CEMS Calendar

Every two weeks, the CEMS Student Board provides great stories and insights from our global community. Through exchanges with CEMS alumni, corporate representatives and CEMS professors, the CEMS Podcast addresses various topics of interest, such as global responsibility, entrepreneurship, data, leadership, impact investing and much more. If you are interested to hear more about this opportunity, please contact
Listen Podcast

Direct e-mailing campaign to Students and Graduates

Convey important news and opportunities to CEMS MIM students or targeted subgroups of the cohort based on criteria such as school or geography, graduation year or language skills.

Reach out to if you are interested in any of the opportunities above

CEMS Mentoring Platform - Continue to Grow! 
The CEMS Mentoring Platform aims to connect CEMS students and alumni to drive personal growth; building skills, knowledge and understanding. The platform allows students and alumni to gain inside tips regarding potential employers, industries and career paths.  Highlight your company through your alumni mentors and canvass future employees. Contact for more information.
Learn More

Welcome to the CEMS Student Board 2022!

The CEMS Student Board consists of one representative from each of the member schools and is the voice of CEMS students within the CEMS Global Alliance.

The new year marks not only the end of their term for some Student Board Members but also the handover to the next Student Board Executive Team. We are happy to welcome the new Executive Team, Stephanie Nützel (President), Marta Magalhães (VP Operations) & Polina Lisovskaya (VP Finance). To finalise this handover, onboard new members and launch the 2022 projects, the CEMS Student Board will be organising its second hybrid-mode meeting.

CEMS Corporate Partners are welcome to engage with the Student Board in throughout the year. Please contact for more information.
CV Database Search Tool

The online student CV search tool provides Corporate Partners privileged access to the student CV database of the CEMS MIM. CPs can search, screen and compile CVs of CEMS students according to specific criteria, such as:
  • languages
  • schools
  • expected graduation year

With contact details on each CV, CPs are able to reach out directly to interesting candidates for internship and job opportunities. To access the CV database, please log in to your private portal on Please contact if you do not have log-in details.

CEMS Career Center

The CEMS Career Center is an online job & event posting and company profile platform connecting Corporate Partners to CEMS Students and Alumni. Connect now to the platform and post your latest jobs and events online
here. Please contact if you have not received the credentials yet.
University of Cologne, CEMS Office, Albertus Magnus Platz, 50923 Cologne, Germany
For further information please contact:
Christa Leenen-Poser via

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