Distinguished alumni awards

Distinguished alumni awards

The RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are presented annually to outstanding alumni of the school, in recognition of excellent contributions to society, business and/or the RSM community. The nominees for these RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards are chosen from our network of 36,000 RSM members. In 2018, the award categories have been updated to provide the opportunity to recognise alumni service to the RSM community.


Award categories

Members of the RSM community, which consists of students, staff, faculty members and alumni, submitted the nominations in two categories:

  • Alumni achievement award: acknowledges alumni who are a force for positive change in business or society. This can be as a part of a corporate community, as an entrepreneur, or as an individual whose life mission is to improve the lives of others or to protect or improve the environment.
  • Alumni volunteer award: recognises alumni volunteers who share their time or resources to contribute to the school’s reputation, research, education and student experience, or help promote alumni relations.


The nomination process 

This spring, RSM alumni, students, faculty members and staff members made more than 20 nominations for this year's Alumni Award.

Award nominees are asked to accept their nomination. Upon accepting the nomination, the nominees will officially enter the election process and their profiles will be published on RSM’s website and via its social media channels.

The nominations for Distinguished alumni awards 2018 are now closed. An overview of the nominees will be available in early September.


The election process  

In September the RSM community will have the chance to vote for their preferred candidates through an online voting form. At the same time, a jury, made up of former DAA recipients and RSM staff will also cast their votes.  


Award ceremony

Award nominees are strongly encouraged to attend the award ceremony, which will take place during the RSM Leadership Summit in Rotterdam on Friday 12 October 2018.