New MBA class starts studies with personal leadership focus

Almost 100 MBA students kicked off their academic journey at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in January 2017. The International Full-time MBA students, who represent 35 nationalities, started off with an introduction week which focused on personal leadership development and team building activities.

The introduction week for the MBA Class of 2018 took place on campus from 9-14 January 2017. The week’s activities included campus tours, lectures, personal leadership development sessions, and a reception for participants’ partners and children. 

Career step

“From the first day I stepped onto campus, I felt this warmth and overall great feeling,” says full-time MBA student Suren Daryanani. “Everyone at RSM is positive and extremely helpful to ensure that our MBA journey is the best it can be.” Daryanani is particularly impressed with his classmates. “I’m a big fan of all of them already. It’s truly the most diverse class I’ve ever been a part of and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to go through my MBA journey with them.”

MBA student Daryanani added that he aims to build his network and acquire skills to take the next step in his career. “I’m also looking forward to learning more about myself and figuring out how to use my passions to make a difference in the world,” he said.

Diversity and ambition

In the new MBA class, students have an average of seven years of work experience in various industries, including business and economics (19 per cent), computer science (7 per cent), engineering (30 per cent), humanities and art (12 per cent), management (24 per cent), and science (8 per cent). 

“This is a great group of people, with such diverse backgrounds, stories and walks of life,” says MBA participant Catarina Brito. “Still, I really believe that we share the ambition of having a positive impact in the world and put the privilege of having this education to good use. It's been wonderful finding that common trace among such a diverse group.”

The participants’ average age is 30. Thirty-six per cent of the class are women. The 98 participants represent 35 nationalities, they’re from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Team building

The introduction programme for the new full-time MBA class concluded with team building activities, such as a West African drumming session on campus, and a formal dinner with RSM’s Dean Steef van de Velde at restaurant Zalmhuis in Rotterdam.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 research-based business schools. 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. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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