Bachelor students complete first RSM BSc honours programme

Highly performing BSc students from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) celebrated the conclusion of the school’s first honours programme for bachelor students with a ceremony on campus on Friday 27 May. With 40 participants, the RSM Honours Programme has immediately become one of the biggest honours programmes offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

“We’re celebrating a milestone in the history of RSM,” said Dean Steef van de Velde at the event. Other schools and faculties at EUR were already offering honours programmes specific to their respective field, and EUR offers university-wide honours programmes too. “These are pretty popular among RSM students so we launched our own honours programme,” he said.


Following the Dutch government’s initiative to increase the academic offerings for bright and talented students, the RSM Honours Programme is an extracurricular programme with a workload of 15 ECTS. This is on top of students’ regular second-year courses, and the honours programme requires a grade of 7.5 or higher.

The three-trimester, English-taught honours programme is a challenging mix of input from academia and business with strong ties to the outside world. The truly disciplinary business programme focuses on some of the key areas in business: entrepreneurship, innovation, growth and collaboration.

Learning from Silicon Valley

As part of the RSM Honours Programme, the highly skilled bachelor students frequently left campus to apply, test and sharpen their knowledge during visits to the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE), the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk, and a study trip to Silicon Valley. Dean Van de Velde: “This is what we want at EUR: you being a ‘thinker and a doer.” By making the connection between theory and practice, the exceptional honours students were challenged to enter the world of technology and business creation.

Unique experiences

Dr Wim Hulsink, academic director of the honours programme, made an impressive presentation about the bachelor students’ journey in this first run of the honours programme. He recapped moments such as the unique experiences in Silicon Valley, the demanding deadlines, and the co-operation between students from RSM’s two bachelor programmes (Bedrijfskunde and International Business Administration). To conclude the celebration, he handed out certificates and the dean’s recommendation statements to the BSc honours students.

More information

2016-2017 RSM BSc Honours Programme

Bachelor students who are interested in the 2016-2017 RSM Honours Programme must apply before Thursday 30 June 2016.

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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