RSM is based in the city of Rotterdam, an international metropolis on the shores of Europe’s largest port – ‘the gateway’ to European trade and commerce for centuries. Today a hub of modern enterprise, Rotterdam and the surrounding region are home to many multinationals including Unilever and Shell, companies that are not only long-established members of the RSM community but played a hand in its earliest formation.
Today, RSM’s corporate network expands to companies worldwide, and the school’s extensive interaction with local and international enterprises pays tribute to both our corporate roots and the region’s international trading heritage.
With the donation of 4,5 million guilders by six multinational companies the ‘Interfaculteit Bedrijfskunde / Graduate School of Management’ was inaugurated in 1969. It was a joint initiative of the schools of economics, law and social sciences of the Netherlands School of Economics, and of the schools of civil, mechanical and maritime engineering and general sciences at the Delft University of Technology. The school became the first in the Netherlands to offer the degree “Doctorandus in de Bedrijfskunde” post-kandidaats, for students with a university qualification in a non-business discipline. Read more on the School's history here.
The founding partners are:
Adessium (Sponsor of Research Centre)
The Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) was founded in 2010 by the Adessium Foundation, Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Economics. Its aims to contribute to the performance and effectiveness of the philanthropic sector, and since the beginning of 2014 it focuses its activities on European (non-grantseeking) foundations. ECSP aspires to be a preeminent and independent knowledge and learning centre for foundations, with the mission “to support, stimulate and challenge foundations in realizing their full potential for societal benefit”. ECSP fulfills this mission by offering capacity building services in the areas of research, training & education, advisory services and platform & networking events. Prof. Lucas Meijs is the Professor of Strategic Philanthropy at Rotterdam School of Management.
Deloitte’s partnership with RSM focuses in particular on the RSM MSc Management of Innovation programme. Deloitte Innovation provides several internships for RSM students each year and actively contributes to the programme via company visits and guest lectures at RSM. The two partners also create new knowledge through joint research projects.
Eastman Chemical Company
In March 2009, Rotterdam School of Management and Eastman Chemical Company formalised our long-lasting relationship with a corporate partnership
agreement. Eastman Chemical Company has worked with our School on
management development programs for their executives; they also offer
consultancy projects as well as internship for students. RSM and Eastman
Chemical enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and RSM have been co-organising the ESA/CEMS seminar for more than 10 years to investigate the boundaries between space technology and business. As part of RSM’s MSc International Management/CEMS programme, the ESA and CEMS members explore innovative management and comprehensive leadership topics.
The collaboration also benefits the space agency and CEMS students in terms of
technology transfer and valorisation, education and international networking.
NEN (Sponsored Research Chair)
Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut (NEN) is the national standardisation organisation of The Netherlands. They sponsor a chair in standardization. Prof. dr. Knut Blind is the holder of the chair. Contact person is Henk de Vries.
NEVI (Sponsored Research Chair)
De Nederlandse Vereniging voor Inkoopmanagement (NEVI) sponsors a Chair of Purchasing and Supply Management. The chair is held by Prof. dr. J.Y.F. Wynstra.
In 2016 Philips Healthtec and RSM join forces regarding recruitment efforts. The recruitment department of Philips Healthtec solely focuses on the Erasusmus University and, RSM in particular, to draw young graduates from. Philips will actively use the School's Job Board and will engage in recruitment events on-campus.
Dutch multinational banking and financial services company Rabobank sponsors RSM’s MSc Finance & Investments Honours Programme. The honours programme offers a challenging adventure in finance research and practice to the most talented and motivated students in the MSc Finance & Investment programme. The sponsorship enables Rabobank to have privileged access to the programme's top students. As part of the sponsorship, the bank makes several
contributions to the programme’s curriculum, and students visit the bank’s head office for a company visit.
Shell Netherlands BV
Shell Netherlands BV is one of the companies responsible for founding RSM more than 40 years ago, with an active involvement in the school going back to 1969. An official partnership with RSM, signed in May 2012, complements the existing close connections between Shell and RSM. Examples include a number of official positions for Shell executives on RSM’s Advisory Board, keynote speakers from Shell at RSM conferences and events, and RSM alumni working for Shell staying closely connected to the school and its activities.
Through the partnership Shell aims to support RSM’s education programme and attract the best students to join the company.
In 2016 Europe’s leading online fashion platform Zalando SE and RSM joined forces in regard to recruitment and employer branding. Zalando will actively make use of the School's Job Board, present themselves to our student community and participate
in a recruitment event on-campus.
RSM is one of the academic partners in the CEMS network. CEMS is a global alliance of academic and corporate institutions dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of global business leaders to enter into a multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world through the CEMS Master's in International Management. More than 60 Corporate Partners contribute to the Alliance and its MIM programme benefitting from privileged access to a global pool of top talent from the world’s leading business schools.
Here are some examples of CEMS corporate partners:
STAR, the Study Association of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is the largest student ruled study association in Europe with 6,500 members, including more than 1,000 international students. STAR’s main Partners are PwC and ING.
Both companies support STAR in all their activities.