MBA alumni reunion ‘keeps the RSM family big and strong’

Alumni travelled from all over the world to join social activities and academic and corporate events at the two-day MBA Alumni Reunion at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in October 2017. The 200 alumni reconnected at the annual RSM Leadership Summit, and explored their differences and similarities in a storytelling workshop on campus the following day.

The alumni reunion celebrated the 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-year graduation anniversaries for RSM alumni from the International Full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Global Executive OneMBA programmes. Alumna Gloria Chang (MBA 2007) travelled from Milan to join the reunion to meet up with friends and alumni from other classes. “The reunion made me feel I’m part of a bigger, stronger RSM family. It was also the most effective way to get information about RSM’s current status such as programme offerings and the student mix, and also to make our voices heard.”


Sustainable business strategies

Alumni from the MBA classes of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997 and 1992 could start the reunion weekend at the RSM Leadership Summit on Friday 6 October. At this corporate conference DSM CEO Feike Sijbema and ABP Chairman of the Board Corien Wortmann-Kool shared how they’ve incorporated the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their organisation’s business strategy to be a force for positive change. RSM professors Hans van Oosterhout and Michaéla Schippers presented their academic insights, and participants discussed their experiences in interactive round table discussions. The annual RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards were also announced during the Summit.


Back on campus

From then on the reunion programme was more informal. On Friday evening, the 200 alumni went out to enjoy Rotterdam like in their study time, and some classes had organised class dinners. The next day, they gathered on campus for a campus tour by current full-time MBA students to see how Erasmus University Rotterdam’s campus changed since they graduated. They were updated about curriculum changes and innovations in the MBA programmes.

In an interactive session, storyteller Simon Hodges helped the alumni explore how their perspectives shift through generations. They investigated how their views and values are different, and what the similarities are between them. This shows what makes them unique as an alumni community. The 2017 RSM MBA Alumni Reunion concluded with a dinner in nhow hotel in Rotterdam


Across generations: differences and similarities

Chang said she specifically enjoyed the storytelling part. “We’re all different and also similar in many aspects. To share my class’ story with other classes was definitely a great way to connect to others."

Anuradha Banerjee (MBA 2007) works as an interior designer in London. She joined the reunion to catch up with fellow RSM alumni, especially those that don’t live in Europe. “It’s important to continue those bonds we formed 10 years ago. We assessed how we have progressed and if things cracked up to be how we imagined them all those years ago.”


Re-living the RSM experience

The main thing about the reunion is getting everyone together and re-living this very important period in our lives, said Banerjee. “The connections you make during the MBA are probably the greatest ROI you get from it. This value should increase over time so maintaining these connections are extremely important. I stay in touch with people from Europe and meet at weddings and other events, and I see people from India as I visit quite often."

This was the second RSM-organised alumni reunion for Chang and her husband Stefano Flori, who was also in the MBA Class of 2007. They also organised a reunion for their class in 2011, which took place at RSM, to strengthen their connections with RSM friends. 

There are many opportunities for the 34,000+ members of the RSM alumni network to participate in networking events and lifelong learning opportunities worldwide. Contact the Alumni Relations Office via if you want to organise an event in your region.

More information

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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