Virtual financial trading classroom from New York to four continents

A truly international – and partly virtual – class representing four continents and time zones was created to introduce international students to financial trading in New York recently. Participants were students from the Executive Master in Financial Management programme which is run from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in the Netherlands and partner schools in other countries.

The class featured an introduction to financial trading, trading simulations and a competition, and was delivered by Oxyor, a Dutch trading simulations company, at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York City. Some participants gathered in New York with the teacher – including some on a study tour from Curaçao in the Caribbean – while others participated virtually from their own business schools; RSM in the Netherlands, UPAEP in Mexico and ESA in Lebanon.

The event was initiated and co-ordinated by the RSM / IESDE Executive Masters in Financial Management, which is operated by IESDE business school in Mexico City with RSM. This part-time academic master programme is designed for professionals involved in positions where financial information is crucial to excellent performance, and combines financial theory with its application in practice.

RSM’s programme director Professor Jaap Spronk said: “The event was a great success. The students were happy and have really learned something through these simulations. The final competition added an element of spice to the day.”

The winner was Cathy Bronswinkel from Aruba, who achieved a score that put her among the top 5 per cent of the 25,000 students who have taken part in the competition over the years.


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. 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 carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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