A global alliance for high potentials

Founded in 1988 as an initially European community of academic and corporate institutions and evolving into a worldwide alliance in 2008, CEMS is dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of global business leaders to enter into the multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world through the CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM).

Nova SBE is the exclusive Portuguese member school within the alliance, which currently totals 31 academic members, over 74 corporate partners and 7 social partners (NGOs), and has been delivering the CEMS MIM in conjunction with its Masters in Economics, Finance and Management since the 2009-10 academic year.

To date, Nova has successfully introduced 2 corporate partners into the alliance, who work in close collaboration with students and faculty to bring a real-life business component into all aspects of the curriculum. They are: EDP and Millennium bcp.

Benefits of CEMS membership for Nova SBE and Nova SBE students:

  • The exclusive global cooperation platform between top business schools, leading multinational companies and NGOs
  • Provides a select group of the best international students with the know-how and expertise needed to succeed in the new global business environment
  • Valuable professional and personal contacts through a close community

CEMS in numbers (as of December 2017)

31 member schools from 6 continents


74 corporate partners and 7 social partners


1279 students

72 nationalities


50% male
50% female


12 000 alumni of 85 nationalities, working in 75 countries



CEMS awards for Nova SBE


    • CEMS Strategy Course of the Year – “Negotiation Strategy”, Professor Luís Almeida Costa
    • 2015

    • CEMS Club of the Year
    • CEMS Block Seminar of the Year, Professor Nadim Habib
    • CEMS Strategy Course of the Year, Professor Luís Almeida Costa
    • 2014

    • CEMS Block Seminar of the Year, Professor Nadim Habib
    • 2013

    • CEMS Business Project of the Year, EDP - Energias de Portugal, S.A. and Professor Gonçalo Rocha
    • 2012

    • CEMS Best Elective Course,Professor Neves Adelino
    • CEMS Erasmus Travel Award (winner - CEMS Club Lisbon)
    • 2011

    • School of the Year
    • 2010

    • CEMS Club of the Year
    • CEMS Best Elective Course, Professor Neves Adelino