40 years ago this week, EFMD was formed after the merger of the European Association of Management Training Centres (EAMTC) and International University Contact (IUC) and to commemorate this landmark achievement, EFMD plans to celebrate the success of reaching 40 years over the course of the next year at EFMD events across the international community. From the very outset, EFMD's mission was "to act as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development in Europe and worldwide" and with the support of many leading business schools and companies EFMD has, through good times and bad, stayed true to this mission and had a profound impact on our community.
Long before the days of email, Twitter, Facebook and even fax machines, EFMD was able to bring people together to share, explore, exchange and debate on issues facing business and management education. Over the past 40 years EFMD and its membership have hosted over 1000 meetings and conferences, conducted over 400 peer review visits, published hundreds of papers and articles and brought together over 100,000 professionals from across 80 countries and the community that supports EFMD has grown into a worldwide body that EFMD is very proud to serve and be associated with.
On behalf of Eric Cornuel, the Director General & CEO of EFMD and the current EFMD Board, we would like to warmly thank each and every person who has been associated with EFMD over the past 40 years (members, schools, companies, staff, boards) and who has helped to make the network a truly world-class community. EFMD and our global network have faced many challenges over the past 40 years and is currently facing probably the most serious so far. However the network remains strong & committed and with its growing support, EFMD will continue to lead and advance management education & development around the globe.
Happy Birthday EFMD and congratulations on a splendid 40 years!