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The RSM community celebrated its growing global network at the MSc graduation.
The RSM community celebrated its growing global network at the MSc graduation.

A whopping 50,000 professionals worldwide are connected through the alumni network of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). This milestone was reached at the graduation ceremony for a large cohort of master graduates earlier this month. The 50,000th member of the alumni network is Dixie De Winne.

The 24-year-old master graduate just completed RSM’s MSc in Global Business & Sustainability (GBS) programme. With her Indonesian-Belgian background, Dixie was born and raised in Indonesia until she came to the Netherlands to complete her bachelor degree in Amsterdam, followed by her master degree at RSM.

“I chose to study GBS because it felt right to me. We need to do things differently so we can preserve our planet and the well-being of people. I was curious about the role businesses play in contributing to sustainability,” Dixie says. In her master year, she also participated in the Global Circular Challenge at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fascinating experience

She says her experience in RSM’s master programme was ‘fascinating’, and her classmates have become close friends. Dixie also embraced the opportunities to meet with professionals in the sustainability field through guest lectures and events organised by RSM and the student associations.  

Now working in sustainability reporting, Dixie is learning how European-based companies need to be transparent when reporting on their social, environmental and governance performance. In the future she’d like to work in the fashion industry. “The fashion industry faces so many challenges, which means many opportunities for transformation and for new ways we consume and produce. I’d love to take part in contributing to this change.”

Positive change for people, planet and profit

In RSM’s MSc in Global Business & Sustainability programme, students learn how to embed sustainability into the core of business’ operations on local and international level, how new social enterprises are changing the face of industries, and how companies and NGOs can collaborate and partner to tackle societal grand challenges. The master attracts young professionals who are determined and passionate about creating robust sustainability solutions to the world’s toughest problems.

Alumni network

Dixie graduated this month along with 1,200 MSc graduates from RSM’s master programmes in De Doelen in the centre of Rotterdam. The now 50,000+ counting RSM alumni network brings opportunities for lifelong learning, professional development and social connections. RSM alumni stay connected to each other and to RSM’s academics and students through global eventslocal chapterscontinued education opportunities, Think.Do. magazine and many other ways.

More information

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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