Dutch executive MSc graduates encouraged to lead change through collaboration

Friends and family of the 78 graduates of the Dutch-taught Parttime Master Bedrijfskunde (Business Administration) programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) celebrated the professionals’ achievements at their graduation ceremony. The celebratory event took place on campus on 16 November 2017.

The 78 graduates have an average age of 36, and work across various industries, including banking, health care, ecommerce and education. In their two-year, part-time executive MSc, they learned business knowledge and skills to start their leadership career, whatever academic or work background they have.

Thesis on humanistic values

Prof. Hans Oppelland, chair of the nominating committee, awarded this year’s prize for Best Master Thesis to graduate Marika Roodzant (Directeur Financien & Control at Humanitas DMH) for her thesis Bezinning op humanistische waarden: een deugden-ethisch perspectief (Reflection on humanistic values: a virtue-ethical perspective).

Roodzant had developed a virtue-ethics inspired normative framework to apply to Humanitas DMH, the organization were she is presently working.

Change management

Lecturer Ton Roodink presented elements of the course Management of Change to give the audience an idea of the programme’s content. Roodinks’ main message was that leaders should not impose ideas on their people on how to improve business but facilitate their people so that they create ideas themselves.

The graduates are now members of the RSM alumni network. Ronald de Lange (Parttime Master Bedrijfskunde alumnus 2007) told the graduates about the activities of the PMB alumni committee.

It was the first time that the programme’s graduation was held in the auditorium of Erasmus University Rotterdam, allowing more family members, friends and colleagues of the graduates to celebrate the graduates’ achievements. The event concluding with celebratory drinks.

Parttime Master Bedrijfskunde

The Parttime Master Bedrijfskunde programme is a Dutch-taught, academic and practice-based programme for professionals who wish to make a career move. The main focus of the part-time evening programme is the development of leaders with innovative ideas for a sustainable future. The programme has an international orientation but is firmly rooted in Dutch society. Based on this high level of involvement, RSM plays a leading role in specific areas, such as management and business administration.

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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