Sustainable RSM introduces student assistant Joris Smal

Master student Joris Smal is the new student assistant for Sustainable RSM at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) for the 2017-2018 academic year. He aims to provide working group activities to enhance RSM’s learning opportunities and research through engagement.

“I’m passionate about Sustainable RSM and its proven track record; bringing ideas into action,” says Joris. With RSM’s mission to be a force for positive change, Sustainable RSM has distinguished itself providing theory-to-practice activities and engaging students in experiential education.

Learning opportunities

All members of our RSM community can take action through to be change agents for positive change. Under the supervision of RSM’s sustainability co-ordinator Joey Johannsen, Joris will provide working group members activities for personal development. Seven working groups are positioned this year to create positive change for the business school, at Erasmus University Rotterdam and in the city of Rotterdam. These groups will enhance the school’s learning opportunities, and research through engagement with committed individuals and associations.

Joris is a 2016 BSc Business Administration graduate, and is now enrolled in RSM’s MSc Supply Chain Management. In the past year, he has strengthened his leadership skills as vice-president of AIESEC, and worked with teams to understand and strategise youth connections; addressing solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Social entrepreneurship

Throughout his studies and co-curricular activities, Joris developed a profound interest in sustainability. During an exchange semester in Manchester in the UK, he followed courses related to sustainable leadership and responsible management principles. He remarked that he, “especially likes seeing how more businesses and organisations are focused on sustainable solutions.”

Joris’ ambition is to become a social entrepreneur; building his own company and positively impacting society, the economy and the environment.


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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