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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is delighted to announce that associate professor Mirko Benischke has been appointed as RSM dean of engagement, a role he stepped into on 15 May. As the dean of engagement, Dr Benischke plays a central role in the continuous development and maintenance of RSM's engagement function.

One of Dr Benischke’s core tasks as the new dean of engagement is to bridge the gaps between external stakeholders, including corporate partners, with RSM’s internal community of faculty, students and staff. Dr Benischke: “My overall vision is to contribute and accelerate efforts to foster a culture of community engagement that aligns with RSM's mission to be a force for positive change in the world, building on our strengths in research and education.”

Additionally, Dr Benischke oversees the school's engagement function with a keen focus on strategy, content and positioning. His leadership guides the business school in enhancing academic outreach through executive education programmes, thereby fostering faculty engagement activities and spearheading innovative engagement initiatives.

"I will reach out to stakeholders within and outside the school over the next months to learn more about how we can strengthen our engagement function," said Dr Benischke.

RSM is pleased and confident that Dr Benischke will lead RSM in its quest to thrive as a hub for meaningful engagement, and that he will drive impactful connections both within and far beyond the university’s campus.

About Dr Mirko Benischke

Prior to his appointment as dean of engagement, Dr Benischke has served as associate professor of Global Strategy in RSM’s department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship. During that time, he was responsible for the strategy, content and positioning of RSM’s executive education programmes, and had also assumed the position of academic director of both the BSc International Business Administration (IBA) and the BSc Business Administration/Bedrijfskunde (BA) programmes from January 2020 to December 2023.

Interim dean Werner Brouwer, the other Executive Board members and all of RSM heartily congratulate Dr Mirko Benischke on this appointment and look forward to the continued collaboration in the coming period!  

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked 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 can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.


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