RSM spirit brings on MBAT dodgeball victory in Paris

More than 100 MBA students from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) joined the MBA Tournament (MBAT), a three-day sporting event at HEC Paris in early May 2015. While fostering RSM’s spirit and networking with MBA students from 13 other top business schools, RSM’s conquered first place in dodgeball and second place in poker.

In total, 102 students from RSM’s International Full-time MBA Class of 2016 participated in the MBAT, which is a highly competitive gathering of MBA students in Europe and takes place at HEC Paris. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the three days of sports, events, and celebrations united more than 1500 participants from around the world, making it an opportunity to network, exchange cultures, and develop lifelong connections. The MBAT’s 22 sporting activities included football, rugby, table, babyfoot, ultimate Frisbee, chess, beach volleyball, basketball, salsa, and petanque.

Dodgeball and poker success

RSM’s dodgeball team won first place by beating HEC Paris during the final, and South African student Putukwane Madisha won second place in the MBAT’s poker competition. The dodgeball team consisted of RSM MBA participants Cierra Tsui (Taiwanese), Julia Peterle (German), Shimar Saxena (Indian), Curtis Cordeiro (American/Portuguese), Marco Freiermuth (Swiss/Dutch), Johannes Neumeier (German), and Prasun Agarwal (Indian).

Jarna Gandhi wrote on the MBA blog that there was a mix of excitement and competitive spirit.

 “We definitely won because of the RSM team spirit and teamwork,” said Johannes Neumeier. “Everybody was cheering and totally into the game. It was an amazing experience.”

MBA networking

Neumeier said the MBAT was one of the highlights of his MBA journey so far. In addition to fun, sports and parties, it also provides MBA students with the opportunity to network with MBA students from other top business schools. The 14 participating MBA schools were the University of Cambridge; Cass Business School, City University London; Cranfield University; Durham University; ESADE; IE; IESE Business School, University of Navarra; INSEAD; Lancaster University; London Business School; SAID Business School, University of Oxford; RSM; University of St. Gallen; and TIAS School for Business and Society.

“I was able to network with students from other schools not only during the competitions, but also at the parties,” said Maria Grazia Squadrito, a Peruvian/Italian student in RSM’s MBA Class of 2016. “The MBAT is real great networking experience in a friendly environment, so it’s very valuable being part of it,” she said.

Watch a video of the event here.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top tier European business school and ranked 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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