A group of alumni in Taipei rounded off the 50th anniversary year for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) with their annual reunion on Saturday 11 December. Their event was to have been part of the #RSM24 global birthday party in June which was celebrated by RSM alumni all over the world, but it was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Taiwan Alumni Chapter reunion was worth the wait when alumni celebrated with a reception, dinner and a wine-tasting. 

The event for 25 alumni in the region was hosted by Taiwan Chapter: Theresa Yang, MBA 2016 (President), Natalie Chen, MBA 2016 (Vice-president), and Vince Liu, EMBA 2018 (Secretary General). Other alumni also contributed to make the event go with a swing.

Alumni from 1994 to 2017

RSM has a strong community of alumni in Taiwan and their reunions are a regular event for them to stay connected to each other as well as to the school. They had organised a few online events over the past year, but the in-person event was highly anticipated and worth the wait. 

Alumni attending the reunion attended RSM between 1994 and 2017. Hero Tai from the MBA class of 1994 was the first president of the Taiwan alumni chapter with the earliest memories of RSM. His fellow alumni come from diverse professional backgrounds and industries, such as international law, enterprise software, management consulting, gaming, consumer packaged goods, wine making, an international luxury brand, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, banking, semiconductor manufacture, and international transport.

Wine, golf and the low-carbon economy

The blind wine tasting session was sponsored by winemaker Peter Mertes and presented by RSM alumna Jenny Lee, who is Managing Director of Peter Mertes Asia Limited. 

Enthusiasm for further reunion activities included a proposal by Po-Chien Chen (MBA 2007) to form an RSM Golf Team to compete with alumni from Ivy League business schools in Taiwan. So far, five alumni have agreed to form the first Taipei golf team. 

Great example of real-world impacts

Speaking during the reunion at the Terrace, Humble House in Taipei, host Theresa Yang said: “The fiftieth anniversary of RSM is a special occasion for us to reunite alumni across three decades in Taiwan to celebrate all advancements of life. More importantly, the reunion party manifests the real-world impacts of RSM, showcasing what a great example the alumni network is. It’s a remarkable extension of RSM.”

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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. www.rsm.nl

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