Alumni engagement: support your community

Here’s a 2017 round-up of alumni activities – and active alumni – paving the way for positive change. There are lots of ways alumni from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) can join, engage and give back.

Run, donate, volunteer or cheer

Can you help RSM and the Erasmus Charity Run team beat their 2017 totals in the 2018 Rotterdam marathon and charity run? Last year, 500 team members from the whole EUR community raised €31,171 for the EUR Scholarship Fund. EUR provides three running clinics in early 2018 for the quarter or full marathon event on Sunday 8 April. Can you be there to run, donate, volunteer or cheer?

Alumnus turned teacher

Alumnus Tom Marshall (MSc Management of Innovation 2016) is leading workshops for RSM’s staff and faculty to explore their potential for positive change. Tom, an innovation consultant at Deloitte, is also founder of Extraordinary Life Sessions. He has already provided more than 30 sessions for students in the past year; they were highly valued and well attended. If you think you also have something to offer, visit our website or contact Irene Broekmans via

Strategic business plan

More than 50 alumni came back to campus to mentor RSM bachelor students as they developed their strategic business plans ‒ thanks to all of you ‒ and a couple joined the jury for the final judging; Paul Pietersma (MSc Strategic Management 1995) and Wassila Hachchi (MSc Strategic Management 2002). If you can volunteer some time for the 2018 projects, mentors are needed for BScIBA students on 19 and 26 April, and for BScBA students on 18 and 25 April.

Update on G&D scholarship

Alumnus Jan-Paul Vegt (BScIBA 2006 and MSc Finance and Investments 2009) came back to campus in October to meet the latest beneficiary of his G&D Europe Scholarship. Jiangzhe Liu (see picture above, with RSM’s Dean Steef van de Velde and Jan-Paul Vegt) is the third student to benefit from the scholarship, worth € 3,000 towards tuition fees, aimed at bachelor and master students of Chinese nationality who are struggling financially. The fund comes from the export company G&D Europe BV, owned by Jan-Paul and his business partner Leo Liu, a graduate of the Erasmus School of Economics.

Helping refugees restart

A career development initiative delivered by RSM volunteers helps 100 refugees annually to break into the Dutch job market. Workshops are held at Restart Network in Rotterdam, which is founded by alumnus Teodor Cătăniciu (BSc IBA 2017) and Frederick Rustler (BSc IBA 2016). The 12-month programme includes an internship at tech companies. If you can help deliver career development workshops, or have expertise in IT development, programming or design, please contact Vildana Gačić via

Guest lectures

Richard Langerak (MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship 2006) said strategic management students attending his guest lecture asked ‘good, sharp questions!’ after his presentation about strategy implementation in pharmacy acquisitions. And Atte Anema (MSc Finance and Investments and MSc Strategic Management 2013) shared his knowledge about block chain technology with MSc Global Business and Sustainability alumni during their event in October. Could you give a guest lecture?

Ways to engage

What’s fascinating about you?

Our students are keen to hear the practitioner's point of view. If you have a fascinating track record in your field, have you thought about adding value to our academic programmes? If you can share your experiences and knowledge with the next generation of business leaders, we would love to hear from you. Contact Irene Broekmans via

Share your story

Our students would like to ask about your experiences at an evening career panel tailored for your industry or functional area. They are held throughout the year, and we normally invite between 4-6 alumni into moderated sessions, ending with an informal reception. Contact Irene Broekmans via if you can help.

Meet our applicants

You can help to attract the smartest minds to RSM wherever you are in the world. We rely on local alumni to tell our story, for example at educational fairs where your experience of “the RSM journey” can illustrate the experience for potential students, or by meeting potential MBA candidates, interviewing them and reporting back to us. Contact Meta Haag-Mikec via

Make a suggestion

Got a suggestion to help the alumni network and the RSM community? Contact Irene Broekmans via

More information

This article was first published in RSM Outlook winter 2017 – RSM’s alumni and corporate relations magazine. You can download RSM Outlook here.

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