Student conference seeks to find the causes of things

Annual Fund support played a significant role in the establishment of the first ever RCC Conference, named after the School motto of Rerum Cognoscere Causas – ‘to understand the causes of things’. The conference was organised by students on the LSE CEMS Master’s in International Management course for students of LSE and other institutions in CEMS – a management education global alliance of business schools and multinational companies. The theme for 2014 was ‘New World Order: What’s Next For Europe?’ 

The conference, which took place in late January, brought together academics, policy makers, companies and students to exchange knowledge on the future challenges for Europe. It comprised two full days of workshops, speeches, panel discussions and networking events, on topics including manufacturing and energy, innovation and technology, and financial services within Europe.

109 students attended the conference from 18 different universities across four continents. Speakers included MEP and President of the Union of European Federalists, Andrew Duff (pictured); CEO of Vodafone Group, Vittorio Colao; and LSE’s Professor of European Politics, Kevin Featherstone. Corporate workshops were run by organisations including Google, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Skoda and Ernst & Young. 

“The Annual Fund grant provided a large part of the conference budget and it could not have been organised without such financial freedom,” said conference organiser, Philipp Hannemann. 

Explaining how the conference will now become an annual event hosted at LSE, Philipp added: “This conference not only familiarised international Master’s students with relevant debates on global issues, but also built bridges from different stakeholders from varying backgrounds to initiate closer cooperation and communication between them.”  

CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies, aiming to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master’s in management. The CEMS MIM – Master’s in International Management – is offered by 29 academic institutions in the CEMS alliance. 

Further detail on the RCC Conference can be found online.