Another Student Board meeting is behind us, which could be held in an in-person form, with National University of Singapore as the host school.
As it was the first offline meeting for the 20 new SBRs, it was long awaited by all. This form of the meeting succeeded in taking the CEMS Alliance discussions to another more effective level and in strengthening relations between SB members.
Throughout the weekend of meetings, a wide variety of important topics on local and global CEMS issues were discussed. Discussions revolved around the representation of non-European CEMS schools within the CEMS community, equality of opportunities and possibilities for students from different CEMS universities around the world, and increasing the opportunities to interact with current CEMS students from different schools. There was also a brainstorming session, similar to design-thinking. Topics covered included: International Internship, Corporate Partners relations, integration of cohort members, accommodation options for incoming students, and budget of CEMS Clubs.
Fruitful discussions were made possible by the presence of Vesa Zatriqi - CEMS Academic Affairs Coordinator, who was keen to share observations from the Global Office. SBRs were also accompanied by Professor Jumana Zahalka - NUS Academic Director - who conducted an inspiring brainstorming session that centred around the topics of cross-school initiatives, alumni relations, and global events.
This September weekend went by very quickly, everyone left with lots of ideas and inspiration. SBRs are already looking forward to the next Student Board meeting in December 2023, which will be held in conjunction with CEMS Graduation in London.