November 26-29, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the CEMS Community, Dear Graduates and family members,

On behalf of all of us at GSOM SPbU, I am very pleased and proud to welcome you to our school and to our city. We hope that your stay with us will allow each of us to strengthen our network at a time when there is a great need to reach out to each other and to work together.

Ours is both a small school and quite young, having been founded in 1993 by three very far-sighted professors from the Faculty of Economics of SPbU. Their vision and dedication has inspired all of us and has formed an educational institution that embodies the meaning and value of a strong network: without the encouragement and direct support of our international partners, we would not have been able to achieve so much in such a short time. This school, which now provides some of the most sought-after graduates by the top companies, Russian and international, in our country, is able to do so because our founders reached out and involved many others in the work of turning their dream into reality.

We take pride in being part of our university, SPbU, founded in 1724 by Peter the Great. He was another visionary, who dreamed of a great city and institutions which could open Russia to the world after his own rather extended period of exchange studies in Europe. We will take many of you with us to our lovely old building in the heart of St. Pete,to the Hermitage, to our new Campus, Mikhailovskaya Dacha (and its main building in the wonderfully renovated old Stable Building), and to the graduation ceremony at the Mariinsky Theatre. Our wish is that you will be able to take home a renewed sense of the value of our network and dedication to its dream of creating an education which allows talented young people to achieve their full potential.

Welcome to GSOM and St.Petersburg

Konstantin Krotov
Head of School
GSOM SPbU

Dear members of the CEMS Community,

This year we celebrate the 27th CEMS Annual Events and on behalf of the CEMS Global Alliance I would like to express our gratitude to the Russian Academic Member, GSOM SPbU, for hosting us in St. Petersburg.

The Annual Events is the highlight event of the CEMS Year as participants travel from every corner of the world to gather for several days of governance meetings, formal & social events, the Annual Panel Debate, Alumni activities and the CEMS MIM Graduation Ceremony.

During several busy days strategic decisions will be made and implemented, new academic and corporate members will be ratified and welcomed into the alliance, excellent faculty will be awarded and student clubs rewarded. In addition the much vetted School of the Year Award will be announced for the best all round performance of the year.

But in particular, we are looking forward to celebrating the 2015 CEMS MIM Graduation Ceremony which will take place in a wonderful setting, the magnificent Mariinsky II, with our Graduands accompanied by their families and friends.

We are indeed looking forward to productive meetings and great celebrations.

See you all in St. Petersburg

Andrea Sironi
Rector
Universtà L. Bocconi
CEMS Chairman