RSM CEMS graduates aim to ‘stay inclusive’ in career

More than 50 MSc International Management/CEMS graduates from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) received their business degree at their graduation ceremony on campus on Friday 20 April, 2018.

The 52 graduates started the CEMS programme in 2016. The average final grade for this cohort’s master thesis is 8.3, and 67 per cent graduated cum laude.

Graduate Luka Baumhauer from Germany graduated summa cum laude. She received a 9.0 for her thesis ‘Family firms, long-term orientation and the effect on performance outcome: evidence from stock-listed companies’.

Ambitious and humble

Christian Chao from Germany was chosen by his cohort to give a student address at the ceremony. He spoke about his early childhood desire to feel part of a community, and that he finally found this as an IM/CEMS student. His message to his fellow graduates was to stay ambitious, but to always remain humble, and, despite their exclusive status as CEMS students, to always remain inclusive.

Other speakers at the ceremony included Prof. Eric Waarts, RSM Dean of Education, and Dr Meir Shemla, who talked about what he learned from teaching CEMS students. He spoke of three lessons in particular: checking one’s assumptions, focusing on promotion as opposed to prevention (that is, focusing on what can be gained by taking action as opposed to what can be lost in failure), and approaching life with the confidence and fearlessness that he has come to recognise in his CEMS students.

The RSM CEMS Class of 2018 represents 15 nationalities: German, Austrian, Italian, Hungarian, Greek, Spanish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Luxembourg, French, Chinese, Belgium, Swiss, Polish and Dutch.

After the ceremony there was a sunny reception to celebrate the class’ achievements.

MSc International Management/CEMS

The CEMS Master in Management (CEMS MIM) is a joint degree delivered by CEMS academic members. It is a postgraduate degree open to a select group of students enrolled in one of the leading universities in the CEMS Alliance. RSM’s 18-month MSc in International Management/CEMS aims to develop high-quality graduates with a well-developed global mindset, in preparation for an international career in business. Since its launch, CEMS has grown into global alliance of 31 leading business schoolsmore than 70 multinational companies and 7 NGOs that together offer the CEMS MIM.

Upon graduation, the alumni are members of RSM’s alumni network and the CEMS Alumni Association.

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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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