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CEMS students from all over Europe gather in support of climate protection

The Mas­ter in In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment/CEMS pro­gram is regarded as one of the most renowned mas­ter’s pro­grams in man­age­ment world­wide. Re­spons­ible and sus­tain­able man­age­ment are among the key val­ues of this in­ter­na­tional pro­gram. This sum­mer semester, the nine lead­ing CEMS schools around the world, among them WU, have offered their stu­dents a unique course pack­age fo­cus­ing on cli­mate pro­tec­tion. Next week, the pro­gram will con­clude with an event on May 14 to 16, where 150 CEMS stu­dents from all across Europe will come to­gether to is­sue a call for ac­tion.

Cli­mate pro­tec­tion is one of the key chal­lenges and re­spons­ib­il­it­ies fa­cing all com­pan­ies around the world. It will only be possible to meet the 2°C tar­get laid down in the Paris cli­mate agree­ment if every­one works to­gether. To achieve this goal, it is of cru­cial im­port­ance to raise aware­ness of sus­tain­ab­il­ity and cli­mate pro­tec­tion among fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers. CEMS (The Global Al­li­ance in Man­age­ment Edu­ca­tion) is a net­work of lead­ing in­ter­na­tional busi­ness schools and mul­tina­tional cor­por­ate part­ners. A CEMS de­gree is regarded as a valu­able step­ping-­stone for a ca­reer in in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment. The CEMS mas­ter’s pro­gram provides stu­dents with pro­found man­age­ment skills for in­ter­na­tional con­texts and is ranked among the world’s top ten mas­ter’s pro­grams in man­age­ment by the Fin­an­cial Times. In Aus­tria, the CEMS mas­ter’s pro­gram has been avail­able ex­clus­ively at WU since 2009. To­gether with eight other lead­ing CEMS uni­versit­ies, WU offered a unique ser­ies of high-­pro­file lec­tures on cli­mate change. The pro­gram con­cludes with an event that brings to­gether some 150 CEMS stu­dents from 30 coun­tries at Bar­celona’s ESADE from May 14 to 16, 2018. The stu­dents, in­clud­ing CEMS mas­ter’s stu­dents from WU, will dis­cuss global cli­mate pro­tec­tion chal­lenges and strategies with rep­res­ent­at­ives of the Green Cli­mate Fund of the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UN­FCCC). The par­ti­cipants will also work to develop a clearer pic­ture of what is in­volved in the devel­op­ment of cli­mate pro­tec­tion policies, and they will sim­u­late an in­ter­na­tional cli­mate con­fer­ence to bet­ter un­der­stand the vari­ous in­terest groups and struc­tures in­volved. Call to ac­tion! To send out a strong sig­nal call­ing for in­creased cli­mate pro­tec­tion, the stu­dents have been car­ry­ing out a range of activ­it­ies, some of them through so­cial me­dia, in the run­-up to the event in Bar­celona. At WU, the devel­op­ment of sus­tain­able, fu­ture-ori­ented ap­proaches has been a top pri­or­ity for many years now. “At WU, we want to set an example for our stu­dents to fol­low and in­spire them to think sus­tain­ably. To achieve this goal, we are work­ing to make the prin­ciples of sus­tain­ab­il­ity and re­spons­ib­il­ity vis­ible in everything we do,” says WU Rector Edel­traud Hanap­pi-Eg­ger. “After the move to our new cam­pus, we launched a ma­jor en­vir­on­mental ini­ti­at­ive, devel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing an en­vir­on­mental man­age­ment sys­tem that cov­ers all areas of WU’s day-to-day op­er­a­tions as a uni­versity, from teach­ing, re­search, know­ledge trans­fer, and man­age­ment all the way to op­er­a­tional tasks and in­fra­struc­ture. We are par­tic­u­larly pleased to see our CEMS stu­dents show so much com­mit­ment. We can be hope­ful that the next gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers will care deeply about sus­tain­able, eco-­friendly life­styles and busi­ness prac­tices.” At the end of the CEMS event, rep­res­ent­at­ives of the CEMS Alumni As­so­ci­ation and the CEMS Stu­dent Board will sign a sym­bolic call to ac­tion to of­fi­cially doc­u­ment their com­mit­ment to cli­mate pro­tec­tion.

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