Insights from a MSc student - Kiki Qian Huang
Insights from a MSc student - Kiki Qian Huang
Name: Kiki Qian Huang
Programme: MSc Business Information Management
Home city and country: Bedburg, Germany
Previous studies: BSc International Business Administration (RSM)
Why did you decide to do this MSc programme at RSM?
"It is no secret that the internet and digital advances have fundamentally changed the way we do business. So when I was doing my research on programmes, I definitely wanted to find one that incorporated this thought. The BIM MSc programme represents the 2.0 of any discipline in business, whether in marketing, sales, human resources, supply chain and many others. The acknowledgement of IT and digital as a driver and foundation is necessary for any business to successfully compete today and in the future. Therefore, BIM was a perfect choice for me as it combines business and technical understanding with a forward-looking perspective. Returning to RSM for my master programme was an easy decision due to the university’s international orientation and excellent education."
What are the biggest differences between your master and your previous bachelor studies?
“For one thing, the courses in my master studies are far more intense due to the many group assignments and the shorter blocks. Also, there is a closer contact with the professors and faculty staff. Finally, I enjoy my master studies a lot more since I am genuinely interested in most, if not all, courses and topics. It is great to have the opportunity to choose electives that you are interested in."
What is the most impressive thing in the programme so far?
"I very much appreciate how much the faculty staff cares about the students and how to further improve this programme. I felt like all faculty members have the students’ interests at heart and always take their time to answer questions and to solve misalignments. Moreover, this year the programme director and other members have launched an honours programme for excellent students for the very first time to even further support them."
What are your fellow students like?
“Most of my classmates are Dutch and have studied at RSM before. Still, most are very internationally oriented and open-minded. The class dynamics are extremely pleasant as everyone is very helpful with course contents and there is an overall positive and friendly atmosphere. The STAR MSc BIM club is part of the student association STAR and organises social events, study trips, and recruitment events for all BIM students.”
What is a normal day like at RSM?
“Not too much time is spent in-class, as I usually had six to nine hours of classes per week. This allows a lot of time to organize yourself. But with the many group assignments and exam preparations, a lot of self-study time fills up a normal day. When you need a study break there are plenty of places to eat or to grab a coffee, and when the weather is nice you can sit in front of the Erasmus Pavilion and enjoy the sun. For the sporty types, the Erasmus Sports Center has a gym, daily classes and facilities to play tennis, squash and other sports. Other students participate in one of the many student organisations that focus on consultancy, entrepreneurship, charity and many other fields. It is very convenient that RSM has a real campus; all buildings and also activities are located close to each other.”
What is life in Rotterdam like?
“Rotterdam is a very vibrant and dynamic city. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops that sometimes just pop up out of nowhere. With the large amount of international students coming to Rotterdam, there are obviously also a lot of student events happening. Apart from that, I really like to go to the Blaak market on Tuesdays or Saturdays where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, tulips and other curiosities.”
What do you like best about living in the Netherlands?
“I love being able to bike everywhere and that as a biker you are well integrated into the urban infrastructure. It offers great flexibility and it is a cheap and healthy way to get around. Also, it is impressive how well the Dutch speak English. Especially for a newcomer, it makes it very easy to communicate.”
What advice would you give to future MSc students?
“I recommend to manage your own expectations. It is a full-time programme that is only one year long. So even if your timetable might look empty, you should be aware of the amount of self-study required.”
After the MSc programme, what does the future hold?
“There are different streams of possibilities after studying BIM. Some go on and work in tech companies such as Google or Microsoft. Others decide to move into consultancy firms or enter the IT-business departments of multinationals. Obviously, as BIM is concerned with a very dynamic field, some students find a job in a start-ups and the more ambitious ones even create their own businesses. As for me, any of those options is attractive but it would be my dream to drive digital change in the fashion industry.”