RSM wins spirit award at MBA Tournament in Paris

Around 100 participants from the International Full-time MBA at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and their partners attended the MBA Tournament (MBAT) in Paris from 5-7 May 2016. While networking, exchanging cultures, and fostering lifelong connections, the MBAT was a unique opportunity for students to exercise their teamwork and leadership skills, as well as their sporting prowess.

The annual MBA Tournament is the biggest gathering of MBA students in Europe; more than 1,500 students from top business schools across Europe flocked to the campus of HEC Paris for three days of sports, events, and celebrations.

Full-time RSM MBA student Laura Diaz from Mexico says she met interesting people at the MBA Tournament. “As MBAs we share the same challenges and ambitions, and what goes around comes around,” she said. “During the whole event, there was a great RSM spirit between us and towards others to collaborate, perform and enjoy what we were doing. This made me realise how much I value the RSM way and that I'm exactly where I want to be.”

“One team”

Sebastian Broening, a German student in RSM’s full-time MBA Class of 2017, says he wanted to participate in as many sports as possible, and have a good time with his classmates. “MBAT exceeded my expectations as we all really felt like one team and were always supported by each other,” he said, adding that he also connected with MBA students from other business schools during the sport events and other activities. He said there was a great spirit among the RSM students. “We won the Spirit Award and therefore showed the best school atmosphere among all participating business schools. There was a lot of passion, and at the end we got other schools to shout ‘RSM’ at the price handover.”

Sports activities

The business schools participating in the 2016 MBA Tournament were Cambridge Judge Business School, Cranfield School of Management, ESADE, IE Business School – Instituto de la Empresa, IESE Business School – Universidade de Navarra, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Lancaster University, London Business School, Manchester Business School, University of Oxford, RSM, TiasNimbas, University of St. Gallen, Cass School of Management, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, IMD Business School, and HEC Paris.

The MBA students could participate in a wide range of activities; babyfoot, basketball, battle of the bands, beach volleyball, billiard, chess, cricket, cross country, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, foosball, football, golf, paintball, petanque, poker, road relay, rock climbing, rowing, rugby, salsa, swimming, table tennis, and touch rugby.

In the 2016 sports ranking, RSM won first place in poker, second place in petanque; and second place in salsa. In the overall schools ranking, RSM ranked seventh.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading business schools, 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 Chengdu, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.

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