Bachelor graduates ready to take leadership knowledge further

More than 800 students graduated this academic year from the two bachelor programmes in business administration at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Their graduation ceremonies took place at the New Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam in November 2017.

The graduation ceremony for RSM’s Dutch-taught BSc Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde) took place on 16 November. In total, 408 BA graduates completed their studies successfully, of which 9 cum laude.

At the ceremony, Prof. Eric Waarts, RSM’s Dean of Education, held a keynote speech. Bachelor graduates Nathan de Kruyf and Sanne Renzenbrink shared their experiences at RSM with the 1,500-member audience. They said that their years in the bachelor programme not only gave them access to knowledge, but also generated lots of friendships and a solid professional network.

Hilarious international misconceptions

The BSc International Business Administration (IBA) sold-out graduation ceremony at the New Luxor Theatre on 17 November was attended by 333 of the 407 graduates. In total, 66 of the students graduated cum laude, and 10 graduated summa cum laude.

Brazilian-Dutch IBA graduate Kim de Vries says the highlight of the IBA programme for her was the number of nationalities among her classmates. "It seemed every time I met a new person, I would meet a new nationality," adding she was also impressed that so many people flew from all over the world to celebrate this graduation together.

The IBA Class of 2017 represents 52 nationalities. Friends and family could watch the live stream of the ceremony from all over the world, more than 1,600 viewers tuned in.

"The ceremony really felt like a celebratory closure of an amazing programme," said De Vries, who graduated cum laude and is now enrolled in RSM's MSc in Business Information Management to achieve her goal of becoming a business intelligence manager.

IBA graduates Nina Maria Feuerstein (Austrian) and Sipho Arntzen (Dutch-Botswanan) took the stage and looked back on their student years in a funny and entertaining way. They talked about cultural misunderstandings, which sometimes led to hilarious situations. They shared that it was truly enriching to learn about all these different cultures within the IBA student population.

From bachelor to master

After a performance by American comedian Gregory Shapiro, the graduates were called forward to receive their degrees from the dean.

Both ceremonies were followed by a reception for which drink tokens were sold. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Vrienden van het Sophia (Friends of Sophia), a foundation that raises funds for the Erasmus Medical Centre’s Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam.

Of the 815 bachelor graduates, 440 are now enrolled in one of RSM’s MSc programmes to continue their academic studies on master level. All BSc graduates are now members of RSM alumni network of more than 36,000 professionals worldwide.

Bachelors in business administration

RSM offers two challenging three-year programmes: the Dutch-language Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BScBA), and the English-language Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (BScIBA). Both programmes combine independent research projects and a broad academic grounding with real-world experience including internships, interaction with industry leaders, and the potential for an international exchange with one of our partner schools. BSc students are able to develop and clarify their particular field of business interest, preparing them for the choices they’ll make after graduation.

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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