Alumni: agents of positive change

Here’s a round-up of alumni activities – and active alumni – paving the way for positive change. Alumni from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) can join in many ways.


Erasmus Charity Run

What an achievement! More than 500 alumni, students and staff from Erasmus University Rotterdam joined the Erasmus Charity Run in the quarter and full marathon, raising funds for scholarships for disadvantaged, young talents. As a team, they ran a total of 6,298.2 km, and raised €31,171 for the Erasmus Trustfonds.


Thanks for helping

Thanks to all alumni who helped our first-year bachelor students produce strategic business plans in April. Around 60 alumni volunteers acted as “management board members”, sharing valuable real business experiences, and giving feedback to redefine the plans. You’re all invited to the final of the Strategic Business Plan Award 2017 on 28 September – a good time to get some inspiration back from the students’ great ideas. Will you join? Let us know via


Making it real

As RSM Outlook goes to press, three alumni are putting together another annual Alumni Leadership Weekend in Germany. Markus Lodensträter (FT MBA2013), Katharina Holch (FTMBA 2010) and Claudia Schneider (BScIBA 2009 and MScBA Strategic Management 2010) say they want to contribute to a stronger RSM network: ‘Every great initiative needs an idea, someone to invest their time, brain and heart to make it real, and – most importantly – everyone else to join.’ Other Local Chapters are planning more. Contact Meta Haag-Mikec via


An extra scholarship place

Alumnus Jan-Paul Vegt (MSc in Finance & Investments 2009) and Yonggao Liu (ESE’s Master Marketing 2009) have added another scholarship to the two existing G&D Europe Scholarship places, which means they have added an award for a Chinese bachelor student every year since the scholarship was founded as the Ekobaby Scholarship in 2015; the selection process to find three deserving candidates is now underway. The award is worth €3,000 per student per year. Contact Nicole Eshuis via


Scholarships for refugees

Two scholarships for refugees have been confirmed for September 2017. The PMB UAF fund recently received €5,500 raised by RSM staff and a €7,000 gift from the Executive Board in honour of former President of the EUR Executive Board, Pauline van de Meer Mohr. The awards are worth €13,000 each towards the Parttime Master Bedrijfskunde programme. It is hoped they will become self-sustaining through donors, crowdfunding and sponsorship. Contact Nicole Eshuis via


More backers for spirit scholarship

The founders of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship have been joined by two other backers. Alexandre Monéton (MScIM/CEMS 2014) and Jasper Buntinx (MScF&I 2014) have teamed up with Jasper van Delft (BScIBA 2012) and Justus Hacke (BScIBA 2012). All four alumni say they value their RSM IBA education and the international network that it generated for them. Selection is underway for the €2,600 per year award, which includes business start-up mentoring. Contact Nicole Eshuis via




The good, the bad, and the forgotten

Our current students would love to ask about your experiences at an evening career panel tailored for your industry or functional area. They are held throughout the year, and we normally invite between 4-6 alumni into moderated sessions, ending with an informal reception. Contact Irene Broekmans via


Can you meet our applicants?

You can help to attract the smartest minds to RSM wherever you are in the world. The RSM network spans so many countries that we rely on local alumni to tell our story, for example at educational fairs where your experience of “the RSM journey” can illustrate the experience for potential students, or by meeting potential MBA candidates, interviewing them and reporting back to us. Contact Meta Haag-Mikec via


Make a suggestion

Got a suggestion to help the alumni network and the RSM community? A recent example is the first Alumni Career Bootcamp this summer, which was first suggested by alumna Angela van Dorssen (Drs Business Administration 2002), who is also the career coach for our Executive MBA. Contact Irene Broekmans via


Speaking personally and professionally

The recent global residency for the OneMBA Class of 2018 in March heard from ING’s Global Head of HR Projects Camilla Schwartz-Björkqvist, herself an alumna of the programme from 2010. She spoke from both a professional viewpoint and from personal experience. If you are interested in being an alumni speaker at a programme opening or graduations, contact Irene Broekmans via


From RSM to … Silicon Valley

Could you welcome a group of students to your company? Three RSM alumni welcomed 40 IBA honours students to Silicon Valley in March. Christoph Messagie (MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship 2009), Martijn Lancee (MSc Entrepreneurship 2009) and Michiel Rauws (IBA 2012, MSc Finance 2014) spoke at the Dutch consulate in San Francisco. Another alumnus, Wouter Vink (EMBA2010), hosted their visit to Google. Contact Irene Broekmans via


This article was first published in RSM Outlook summer 2017 – RSM’s alumni and corporate relations magazine. You can download RSM Outlook here.

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