Students and professionals to explore business-non-profit partnerships

Business and non-profit collaborations have become an essential part of solving the world's most complex societal challenges. Over five intensive days from 3 July to 7 July 2017, bachelor and master students from any university and young professionals can gain first-hand insights into the set-up and the management of these partnerships during the bachelor-level course Business-Non-Profit Collaboration at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), organised by Rotterdam Summer School.

Led by Prof. Lucas Meijs and Dr Lonneke Roza from RSM’s Business-Society Management department, the course is an opportunity for motivated students and young professionals to go the extra mile in developing their knowledge in this field with an interactive programme that involves numerous field trips to organisations.

“Collaboration between businesses and NGOs is essential for solving the world's wicked problems,” says Lucas Meijs, Professor of Strategic Philanthropy and Volunteering at RSM. “This course combines theory and practice so that any student interested in becoming an agent for positive change gains the skills and knowledge to do so.”

Interactive lectures and field trips

Students will explore three perspectives during the course: that of the business, the NGO and the collaboration. The benefits and challenges of these collaborations for all actors are examined with the help of participating local, national and international NGOs and businesses, who will host field trips and give guest lectures.

To conclude the course, students must submit their own strategy for a business interested in collaborating with an NGO or vice versa.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will have learned the complexity of business-non-profit collaborations, how to work with each of the parties involved, and how to set up these initiatives.

The course, which is on bachelor level, is designed for young professionals and bachelor and master students from business and management, public administration, international relations, anthropology, sociology, economics, and social work. Students will earn two study credits (ECTS) after completing the course. The application deadline is 31 May 2017.

More information

Rotterdam Summer School offers summer university activities on an academic level for students and professionals from all over the world. Participants can choose from a wide range of inspiring summer courses and experience the vibrant and innovative city of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 research-based 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 carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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