MBA International Food Festival unites cultures at RSM

Around 90 students from the International Full-time MBA and Executive MBA at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) gathered on campus for the International Food Festival on Saturday 22 April 2017. Guests voted for their favourite team, and the top three were Taiwanese, Portuguese and Indian dishes.

The social event is organised by the Student Association for full-time and part-time MBA students annually to discover more about each other’s culture, to socialise, bond and have fun. Participants prepared dishes from their home country, and gathered at Maria’s Cafe on campus.

Colours and energy

“This event was one of the most engaging and joyful events of the MBA experience so far,” says Dilara Oguz, an MBA participant from Turkey. “We always talk about how important diversity is. All the colours and energy were gathered together and blended in such a harmonious way. It was so exciting to learn more about my classmates by discovering their unique tastes. We were like united colours and it gave me a sense of peace and warmth.”

Her Argentinian MBA classmate Giulia Debernardini agrees: “The food festival has shown me that although cultural differences run deep, one thing unequivocally unites us all: delicious food.”

Ultimately, Taiwan was chosen to be the best team followed by Portugal/Brazil and India. All proceeds of food sales at the event, almost €1,500, will go to Asociación Perú-Holanda (The Peru-Netherlands Association) to support Peruvians affected by the unprecedented natural disasters occurring as a result of global warming.

Creativity and pride

“Food is one of the most significant trademarks of a culture and with more than 50 amateur cooks coming together to cook for a cause the event was a huge success,” says Indian student Abhishek Govil. He was impressed with the creativity among his classmates. “There was calligraphy by the Taiwanese team, and Mario and Luigi costumes by the Japanese team. It was difficult to choose which team was the best, everything was so good.”

Courtney Stankey, marketing and admissions manager at RSM MBA, joined the food festival too. “There was a great atmosphere and you could tell everyone was really proud to represent their home country and share a little bit of home with their classmates. This is such a bonded group.”

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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