Alumni Activities

Alumni Soirée

The last CEMS VSE Alumni Soirée was held on Saturday, October 21, 2023. For more information, see the respective page.

Alumni Board

  • Jakub Valníček – President,
  • Elena Lifanteva – Vice-president,
  • Andrii Ponomarenko – Treasurer.

You are welcome to send your suggestions for the alumni events/speakers to: jakub.valnicek@outlook.com.

In cooperation with students from CEMS Club Prague, there are various events held this autumn and we encourage you to actively participate if you find them attractive:

Activity Details
Opening Event

Thu, September 21, 2023, from 7 PM

Hotel Amarilis (Štěpánská 18, Prague 1)

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The idea is to start this new semester on a high note and we are therefore warmly inviting you to this semester’s Opening Event, where you will get the chance to re-/connect with the CEMS Office, CEMS corporate partners, as well as current CEMS students. We hope this event will bring all CEMS stakeholders closer together and create a foundation for unique cooperation in the upcoming semester. The dress code for the event is business formal.
Speed Networking Event

Wed, October 11, 2023, from 7 PM, at the University,

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This unique event is designed to foster a stronger connection between current CEMSies and alumni members. As an esteemed alumnus, you will have the opportunity to share your unique experiences and provide valuable professional advice to current students.

With many CEMSies struggling to navigate in the sea of potential opportunities, your presence could make a significant impact and help guide them. The event promises to be an exciting and fulfilling experience for both alumni and current students. You will have the chance to engage with several CEMSies in a small group setting, answering their questions and providing guidance based on your expertise.

CEMS Alumni Homecoming & Alumni Soirée

Sat, October 21, 2023 | 10 AM – 9 PM at the University

For CEMS Alumni Soirée:

Rector’s Lounge is booked from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

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We cordially invite all CEMS alumni to the biggest event of the winter semester of AY 2023/24 – the Celebration of 70 Years of VSE! And to make the occasion even more special and worth your while, know this – we are celebrating 25 YEARS of CEMS in Prague!

Reconnect with old friends and professors CEMSie spirit style, and relive the moments that shaped your journey. The soirée is never just about the past; it is about embracing the gap between cherished memories and the promising future that lies ahead for our ever-growing CEMS family.

Mentoring Program

From November 2023

Students and Alumni are paired according to their preferences. The program starts in November and each pair can decide when to finish the mentoring according to their needs and availability.
A mentor can have up to 2 mentees at the same time. The pairs of mentos&mentees were connected in November 2023.

Panel Discussion

Tue, November 7, 2023, from 7 PM, at the University

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Five alumni were invited to talk about the topic “Growth in the Tech Universe” for about an hour. Two students animate the debate by asking questions and giving everyone the opportunity to express their thoughts. After the debate, people can enjoy open discussion.

 Closing Gala

Fri, December 1, 2023, from 7 PM Klub Futurum

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As the academic year is coming to its end, we would like to bid it a proper adieu and extend a warm invite to the Closing Gala, which will be held in Klub Futurum in Villains Theme.

Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to mingle with the CEMS Office, CEMS corporate partners, and the current cohort of CEMS students. We look forward to seeing you there for an evening packed with delicious food, drinks, and celebration! More information can be found here.

Ski Trip to Slovakia

December 15 – 17, 2023, Slovakia – Nízké Tatry, Ski Resort Jasná

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We cordially invite all CEMS VSE alumni to our famous semester closing alumni & student reunion organized by CEMS Club Prague. More information can be found here.

In cooperation with students from CEMS Club Prague, there were various events held in the spring. Down below, you may find additional information on some of them.

Activity Details Registration deadline
Opening Event

(in person)

Tue, February 28, from 7:00 PM, fee 500 CZK

Restaurace AK VŠE (Akademický klub), Náměstí W. Churchilla 4, Prague 3 | Italská budova, 3rd Floor

As we kick off another exciting semester, we cordially invite you to join us for our upcoming event. This will be a great opportunity to network with the CEMS Office, CEMS corporate partners, and the current cohort of CEMS students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join this event by filling out this sign-up form.

Please note, that the deadline for sign-ups is Friday, Feb 24, at 23:59.

 

Speed Networking

(in person)

Wed, March 15, from 7 PM at the university, RB436

+ Photo gallery from 3/2023
+ Photo gallery from 11/2022
+ Photo gallery from 11/2021

This unique event is designed to foster a stronger connection between current CEMSies
and alumni members. As an esteemed alumnus, you will have the opportunity to share
your unique experiences and provide valuable professional advice to current students.
With many CEMSies struggling to navigate in the sea of potential opportunities, your
presence could make a significant impact and help guide them.The event promises to be an exciting and fulfilling experience for both alumni and current
students. You will have the chance to engage with several CEMSies in a small group setting, answering their questions and providing guidance based on your expertise.
Join this event by filling out this sign-up form by Wed, March 8.
Closing Gala

(in person)

Friday, May 19, from 7 PM.
Vila Štvanice, ostrov Štvanice 858,  Praha 7-Holešovice

Photo gallery, May 2023

 

As the academic year is coming to its end, we would like to bid it a proper adieu and extend warm invite to the Closing Gala which will be held in an unforgettable setting of Villa Štvanice in a Vintage 60’s to 80’s glamour style.

Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to mingle with the CEMS Office, CEMS corporate partners, and the current cohort of CEMS students. We look forward to seeing you there for an evening packed with delicious food, drinks and celebration!

Volleyball Tournament

(in person)

Sunday, May 21, from 7 PM.

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The CEMS Beach Volleyball Tournament is organized by the alumni department in collaboration with the social and sports department of the CEMS Club Prague, and it promises to be a great day of fun, sports, and networking.

The tournament will be held on May 21st afternoon and is open to students, alumni, and corporate partners of the CEMS Club Prague.

Whether you’re a seasoned volleyball player or just want to have some fun, we welcome all levels of experience and ability. The tournament will be a fantastic opportunity to network and connect with other members of the CEMS community. You’ll have the chance to meet current CEMS students, alumni from different years, and corporate partners in a friendly, competitive environment. We’re currently finalizing the details, including the location and tournament format, and will share more information with you in the coming weeks. But for now, we encourage you to sign up and get ready for an unforgettable day of volleyball and networking.

Join this event by filling out this sign-up form.

Please note, that the deadline for sign-ups is Friday, May 14.

In cooperation with students from CEMS Club Prague, there are various events held this autumn and we encourage you to actively participate if you find them attractive:

Activity Details Registration deadline
Opening Event

(in person)

Thu, September 22, from 7:30 PM, fee 350 CZK

Botanique Hotel Prague (Sokolovská 11, Prague 8 – Karlín)

 

The idea is to start this new semester on a high note and we are therefore warmly inviting you to this semester’s Opening Event, where you will get the chance to re-/connect with the CEMS Office, CEMS corporate partners, as well as current
CEMS students.We hope this event will bring all CEMS stakeholders closer together and create a
foundation for unique cooperation in the upcoming semester.The dress code for the event is business formal.
Join this event by filling out this sign-up form.

Please note, that the deadline for sign-ups is Mon, Sept 19 at noon.

Start-up Tour

Fri, September 30, from 11:50 AM

The Miners Churchill

Italská 2584/69, Praha 2 (near VŠE)

Held as an event that allows for meeting the start-up scene in Prague for a get-together and getting some insights into their business. Attending will be Max Verteletskyi, Co-Founder and CEO of Spaceti, Martin Fortelny, Co-Founder and CEO of Advanto and Adam Rajnhoa, Co-Founder and CEO from YORD.

Gallery to be viewed here.

Running Dinner

(in person)

Tue, October 25, from 6 PM

You are invited to taste the food prepared by our students

 

We would love to invite you for a Running Dinner with the current CEMS cohort.

A Running Dinner is an interactive three-course menu prepared and eaten at the places of different hosts. Each course is held in different places, and in each place,
you have the possibility to meet new CEMSies and alumni. You do not have to host. By the end of the night, we plan to meet up and let the evening fade away together.

We hope that this will allow students and CEMS alumni located in Prague to connect on a friendly note, bringing some exciting and relaxed conversations.

Join this event by filling out this sign-up form by Mon, October 10.
Speed Dating

(in person)

Tue, November 8, from 6 PM at the university

+ Photo-gallery from 11/2021
+ Photo gallery from 11/2022

We want to further foster the connection between current CEMSies and alumni members.

In the format of Alumni Speed Dating, current CEMSies will get the chance to ask their questions and you will be able to share your unique experiences and make an impact, by providing your professional advice. With many CEMSies about to graduate and yet unsure about their career path, this is your chance to make an impact and help them navigate through the workforce.

The concept is designed to give the students the opportunity to interact with as many graduates as possible in a short amount of time.
We plan to have representatives from different industries to provide their perspectives.

During the event, the participating alumni will be assigned to a specific table and the rotation will be organized among students. Depending on the final number of participants, the number of students at each table will be developed. The time of the specific
interaction will also be determined based on the number of participants on both sides and communicated in advance to ensure an efficient flow of the event.

Join this event by filling out this sign-up form by Wed, October 19.
Instagram Takeovers

(online)

A working day between October 17 – December 5.

 

We want to give CEMSies a glimpse into your daily life at work. After the successful launch last semester, we would thus like to continue with the Instagram Takeover by Alumni.

This is how it works: for a full day, you will be in charge of our CEMS Club Prague Instagram stories where you can share whatever seems interesting to you about your job (the daily routine in your company, how friendly your co-workers are, or maybe answer some questions asked by students). This opportunity shows current students what working for your employer looks like and gives them some ideas for their internships and jobs.

The Instagram Takeovers can be done on numerous predefined dates and we are looking to accommodate your demanding work schedules. You can use the linked questionnaire to select the days you would be open and ready to share your stories on our CEMS Club Prague’s Instagram account. For the Instagram Takeover, you will be assigned one day from your preferences.

We are looking forward to hearing all your stories, your daily routines, and getting to know your companies!

Join this event by filling out this sign-up form.

In cooperation with students from CEMS Club Prague, there were various events held in the spring. Down below you may find additional information from some of them.

Activity Registration deadline Details
Rotation Dinner

(in person)

Wed, March 30, at 18:30 CEST

Vegan Bistro Střecha (Křemencova 7, Prague 1)

Joined by filling out this sign-up form,

https://bit.ly/RotationDinner.

Due to booking the capacity of the venue, the deadline for sign-ups was Wed, March 23, at 23:59h.

This event was also part of CEMS Global Alumni Week 2022.

Attendees were seated together with students from CEMS Club Prague, corporate partners were also invited.

The evening was designed to allow students, alumni and company representatives located in Prague to connect on a friendly note, bringing some exciting and relaxed conversations.

I wish I knew before” Series

(online)

Answers were published throughout the semester on the CEMS Club Prague’s Instagram account.

Questionnaire was to be filled out by Sun, March 27, at 23:59h:

https://bit.ly/IWishIKnewBefore

 

The initiative aims to share a message from you to current CEMS VSE students who now stand at the beginning of their working lives. We would like you to share with them some of your advice, supporting messages, tips, lessons learned from the difficult situations that occurred sometime in your career, or simply stories that came as a challenge to you.
Instagram Takeovers

(online)

 

Late March and April according to  preferences.

Questionnaire was to be filled by Sun, March 27, at 23:59h:

https://bit.ly/TakeoversInstagram

 

For a full day, participants were in charge of our Instagram stories where they could share whatever seemed interesting to them about their job (the daily routine in their company, or maybe answered some questions asked by students).

This opportunity showed current students what working for their employer looks like and gave them some ideas about internships and jobs.

International Alumni Speed Dating

(online)

Tue, April 12, at 18:30 CEST

Whoever wanted to network with our current students, had to sign up here by Fri, April 1, at 23:59h:

https://bit.ly/SpeedDatingVSE

The event was designed to allow for sharing international career paths with our current CEMS VSE students. To keep it more diverse in terms of nationalities and countries, this event was held online.
RunToRecharge Charity Run

March 15 – May 15

You could contribute to collecting kilometers by:

● downloading the Strava app on your phone and setting up an account;

● joining the “CEMS Club Prague x Neúnavní” group in the Strava app using this

https://bit.ly/RunToRecharge

Students of CEMS Club Prague decided to organize a charity run which had already been a great success in previous years. This time, CEMS Club Prague organized a RunToRecharge Charity Run to support Neúnavní, an NGO run by CEMS Prague Alumnus, Mr. Petr Homolka, and aimed to help patients fight against chronic fatigue syndrome.
CEMS VSE Alumni Soirée

Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 6 – 9:30 pm

Held on the VSE campus in the restaurant Academic Club (Akademický Klub).

 

Registration/unregistration in this FORM by May 26. Given the rich menu, we charged a catering fee of 800 CZK/person.

Program:

  • 6 pm – opening
  • 6:15 – 6:30 pm – welcome speech by academic director Ladislav Tyll, Alumni Association Prague vice-president Natalie Badie, CEMS Club Prague president Marianna Sargsyan
  • 7 – 8 pm – pub quiz in teams of appx. 6 members

9:30 pm – closing

The CEMS Alumni Soirée 2022 was organized again in-person after a two-year break.

The event was joined by almost 50 CEMS VSE graduates throughout all graduation years along with CEMS corporate partners representatives and current students. The Academic Director Ladislav Tyll together with his predecessors Jiří Hnilia and Helena Sedláčková gave the opening speech. They were then followed by 

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In cooperation with students from CEMS Club Prague, there were various events held mostly in November. Down below you may find additional information including pictures from some of these.

Event; Date, Time, Format What was it about? Report from the event
CSR Panel Discussion 

November 18; 4:30 – 6 pm

VSE – offline

Corporate representatives from FMCG companies will join the discussion (TBA), however, we would also desire to have speakers from your ranks on the following topics: Photo Gallery
=> Waste management,
=> SDG No 12 and its implications on a business level,
=> Sustainable Innovation.
Lecture “Is it possible to prepare for a job that doesn’t yet exist?” – in the Czech language 

November 24; 6 – 7:30 pm

Online – MS Teams

The lecture by CEMS alumna Daria Hvizdalova takes place as part of the school-wide project called “Absolvenstké středy” (“Graduate Wednesdays”). Please note, that the lecture is held in the Czech language.
Speed Dating Evening 

November 25; 7:30 – 9 pm

VSE – offline

The concept is designed to give the students the opportunity to interact with as many graduates as possible in a short amount of time. We plan to have representatives from different industries to provide their perspectives and answer the questions the students might have. With many CEMSies about to graduate and yet unsure about their career path, this is your chance to make an impact and help them navigate through the workforce. Photo Gallery
Mentoring 

Matching in Dec 2021, starting in Jan 2022

offline/online

We newly have 30 interested students who are looking forward to starting their mentee journey and benefiting from your experience. Each student had indicated his/her preference for the field of the desired mentorship.

More details can be found in the PDF files at the bottom of this page.

The latest CEMS VSE mentoring program was launched on November 5, 2021, at the request of our students. We plan to pair the mentees and mentors in December 2021, so as they can start their mentorship journey in January 2022.

The former CEMS VSE mentoring program was introduced during the virtual CEMS alumni soirée on October 15, 2020. Mentoring between current students/fresh graduates (2019–2020) and alumni (graduation 1998–2018) can be a great opportunity to enhance the learning experience for both sides and keep our CEMS community active. In early January 2021, 39 pairs of mentors and mentees received their kick-off email so as they could start their individual mentoring journey. 

Possible activities:

  • CEMS Talks – alumni (usually 3) speak on a specific topic
  • Networking Dinners
  • Family Events
  • Sport Events
  • Blog – Activities in the Past (created by former alumni President 2017 – 2019 Pavlína Tesch (Šimurdová) and former alumni Vice-president 2017 – 2019 and President 2011 – 2013 Vojtěch Opleštil)

Out of a wide range of activities, CEMS Talk seems to be the key event that can be easily switched to an online setting.

Apart from CEMS Talk, CEMS Networking Dinner and Family events are the most popular alumni event concepts.

Active Alumni Wanted

We are looking for alumni/individuals willing to organize a single event on a chosen topic. For more information, contact CEMS VSE Office Manager Šárka Otčenášková (sarka.otcenaskova@vse.cz).