Medieval start of academic year for bachelor students

More than 1,000 students who are starting the Dutch-taught bachelor in business administration programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) kicked off their academic year at the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk (Church of St. Lawrence) on 2 September 2019.

The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is a historic church located in the centre of Rotterdam. The two-hour event was organised to welcome the new business students to RSM and Rotterdam in a festive way.

New students were all assigned to a seat at their mentor group so they could meet their mentor and fellow mentees. The mentors are second-year bachelor students who share experiences and knowledge about resources at the university, student life and Rotterdam.

“Enjoy to the fullest”

Speakers at the opening event were Academic Director Prof. Erik van Raaij; Executive Director Adri Meijdam; student advisor Maaike Troost; and former bachelor student Mats Numan, who talked about his experiences. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, make the most of your student days, and enjoy to the fullest,” said Numan to the students.

In total, early September over a 1,000 students started the Dutch-taught BSc Business Administration/Bedrijfskunde (BA), and some 550 students joined the English-taught BSc International Business Administration (IBA). Both programmes are three years, and many graduates choose to continue their studies with a full-time master programme at RSM.

After the opening ceremony in the medieval building, the students headed back to the university campus to attend their first lecture.

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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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