After having no in-person ceremony for more than two years, the MSc International Management/CEMS (IM/CEMS) programme at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), welcomed 52 IM/CEMS students into the RSM alumni community in a heart-felt graduation ceremony on Friday, 22 April 2022 which took place at the Erasmus Pavilion in front of friends and family on the Rotterdam Woudestein campus.

Prof. Michel Lander, Dean of Education at RSM provided opening words with an overview of what the CEMS programme is and how well placed the new graduates would be as new CEMS alumni. Maria Carmen Punzi, PhD candidate in Business-Society Management, was also a guest speaker at the ceremony, where she talked about embracing the unexpected and not being afraid to step into the unknown. The overall ceremony was led by Dr Rene Olie, IM/CEMS academic director, and by Gina Kim, IM/CEMS programme manager, who was given special acknowledgement by the students as being kind and thoughtful while providing students with clarity and stability during their 18-month study.

Strive to find meaning

Marit de Ridder and Federico Nazzi were chosen by the cohort to address the students at the ceremony, with both urging each and every class member to create space to find purpose and meaning in everything they do and reminding them that when they fall down in the future, just to remember to fall forward!

The MSc International Management/CEMS graduates began their programme journey in mid-2020. Of those graduating, there were 25 women and 28 men. Represented nationalities included 2 Belgian, 21 Dutch, 2 French, 24 German, 2 Italian, 1 Portuguese and 1 Romanian.

Of the 52 students who graduated on Friday, 22 April, 29 graduated with cum laude honours: Philipp Bertram; Clarissa Böker; Jan Breker; Katherina Damen; Eliane de Meris; Marit de Ridder; Franziska Edle von Braunmühl; Terri Engbers; Carina Herbers; Pablo Karnbaum; Tiffany Kaufmann; Marnix Kester; Nadine Klibingat; Julius Kuhmann; Tim Limmer; Federico Nazzi; Benedikt Pies; Koen Poleé; Mihaela Purcarean; Theresa Röering; Pia Schindera; Charlotte Schmidt-Rohr; Maximilian Scholz; Luuk van de Ven; Floris van den Bosch; Leon Wächtler; Kristina Wageck; Louis Wilkens; and Giulia Zunin.          

Two students graduated at the top of the class, or summa cum laude: Hanna van Velzen with a 9.0 for her thesis and a final GPA of 9.02; and Leon Surwald with a 9.0 for his thesis and a final GPA of 9.0.

live-stream link makes it possible to re-watch the MSc International Management graduation.

The global CEMS Masters in Management graduation ceremony for the global cohort will take place at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in December 2022.

MSc International Management/CEMS

Delivered by CEMS academic members, the CEMS Master in Management (CEMS MIM) is a joint programme, open to a select group of students who are enrolled in one of the leading universities in the CEMS Alliance.

RSM’s 18-month MSc in International Management/CEMS programme aims to advance high-quality graduates with a well-developed global mindset, to better prepare them for an international career in business. Since its launch, CEMS has grown into a global alliance of 34 leading business schools across six continents with more than 70 multinational partners and eight NGOs that together offer the CEMS MIM.

Upon graduation, alumni become members of RSM’s alumni network as well as the CEMS Alumni Association.

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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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