Updated: Oct 14, 2018
By Máté Kovács
„Ok I get it, there’s this guy who posts in the Facebook Groups and travels to all of these meetings, but... why?”
Hey dears! This is Máté, your friendly neighborhood Student Board Representative. Many of you are probably still not really aware of what the Student Board is, I’m incredibly sorry for that. You can blame my wallet for not letting me stay in Rotterdam to talk to you nonstop about how amazing the Student Board is. The aim of this post is to clear a few things up and introduce you to my second CEMS family - and the good news is that you can also become a part of it soon ;)
So what is the Student Board?
The Student Board has been created to enhance the CEMS experience for the students by:
Gathering students' opinions about CEMS and the CEMS MIM and bringing in recommendations to improve the CEMS MIM and CEMS community life
Implementing and managing global projects which have a positive impact on all CEMS students, including projects aimed at fostering and developing social awareness and ethical conscience
Providing support and a platform for communication to the CEMS Clubs to help them achieve their goals
This might sound a little dry though. Basically all CEMS schools can elect one representative who then represents their cohort in the global Student Board. These Student Board Representatives work hard on making your CEMS experience a great one, so if there’s something you are not satisfied with in CEMS feel free to let us know - we are always here to help you. Of course the Student Board is not an almighty organization that can change everything, but we do have a voice in CEMS and luckily people listen to us. The Student Board has a voting right and a seat in several CEMS governing bodies and committees.
The structure of the board might seem a little complicated. On the top, we have the Executive Team, and then we have Functional Teams and Projects. Each Student Board member is usually part of one function and one project. I don’t want to bore you with our countless projects, you can learn more of what the functions and teams are doing in a different post.
“Ok but why were you posting pictures from Hong Kong while we were all attending classes in school?”
For most of the year, the Student Board Representatives work on their projects remotely using Slack, Skype, Hangouts, and whatever else we can to make sure that events are planned and things are done. This method works for the most part but it is also really important to have some face time to discuss important topics. This is why the Student Board organizes three meetings a year where the entire Board meets up at a CEMS School to work on their most important projects. These meetings are a great opportunity to update one another on how each of the cohorts are doing, onboard new members, brainstorm new projects, and do some team building.
The second Student Board meeting of the year took place in September in Hong Kong and we are eternally thankful for the kind people at HKUST for hosting us. The Board spent 5 days in the city working on projects like the CEMS Startup Challenge, CEMS Consulting Cup, CEMS Women’s Network, discussing burning issues like the possible introduction of more hard skill focused courses to the curriculum, and we got lucky enough to get caught in the strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong in recorded history.
I would be lying if I told you that such a meeting is only about hard work as we also had the chance to sing karaoke until 4AM while being stuck in our hostel with a storm raging outside. One thing though that I cannot put into words is how amazingly talented, ambitious, smart, and nice all of the people are who are working in the Student Board, you guys are truly in good hands! Which leads me to my final thought.
“This sounds awesome, can I be a part of it?” Well sure you can! Student Board Representatives are elected for one year and my mandate will be over at the end of this year. RSM is going to hold elections for the next Student Board Representative in January 2019 and trust me when I say that the best thing you can do as a CEMSie is to apply. You will learn more about the election process later on, all RSM home students will have a vote in the election and your job will be to convince them that you are the one who can best represent their interests.
If you would like to know more about the Student Board or what to do in a super typhoon, please feel free to reach out to me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you hate writing emails and would prefer to talk to someone in person then you can also talk to Christina Babayan, the Student Board Representative of Ivey Business School who is spending her exchange semester at RSM now.