RSM and SUFE to offer double degree

A new double master degree programme spanning MBA studies in China and MSc business studies in the Netherlands is planned for next year following an agreement between Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the College of Business at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (COB SUFE) last week.

Chinese students will gain the advantage of international experience resulting from their two years of study. Possession of two degrees – one from a prestigious foreign university – would be a huge ‘unique selling point’ (USP) to distinguish successful candidates from the fierce competition presented by millions of Chinese students currently in higher education.

The two business schools have confirmed they will develop a double degree master programme for talented SUFE students, starting in September 2015. For the first year of studies SUFE students will follow the MBA programme in China at COB SUFE, followed by a second year at RSM in the Netherlands to study one of RSM’s one year, pre-experience Master of Science degree programme. The initial five-year agreement was signed by Prof. Yuding Luo, acting Dean at COB SUFE and by Prof. Steef van de Velde, Dean of RSM.

On completion, students will be awarded an MBA degree from COB SUFE and an MSc degree from RSM. Dean Van de Velde: “This will be a great asset for them. These young graduates will have the benefit possessing of working experience completed with an MBA from COB SUFE, and also the academic insight from an MSc programme at RSM.

Between 10 and 15 students will be pre-selected to apply to the double degree programme, and are expected to start in September 2015. They will be given assistance to make their stay in the Netherlands an enjoyable one. 

Applicants will be expected to match the usual entry requirements for the RSM MSc programme; normally this will be covered by their bachelor studies or in the MBA section of their double master degree programme. They will also need to be proficient in English and have a GMAT score of at least 600.

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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