Alumni Days overview
Alumni Day on 3 April 2018
On Tuesday, 3 April 2018 the Annual ESE Alumni Day took place. The day started at 13:45 with the World of Business, which took place in the C-hall of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Various prominent and world-renowned speakers, such as François Hollande, Former President of France and Karel Lannoo, CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies talked about topical changes happening in the world.
23 March 2018: Student-Alumni Get-Together
Apart from the alumni dinner, Transito also organizes an “Alumni-Student Get-Together” for the Urban, Port and Transport Economics department each year. During this event, alumni are invited to become guest speakers of the day, connect with former classmates and share their knowledge and experiences to the current students of the master programme.
17 August 2017: Societas Studiosorum Reformatorum Roterodamensis 60'&70's
On the morning of August 17, 2017, Erasmus School of Economics welcomed Alumni of SSR at Campus Woudestein. The gentlemen all graduated at our university in the 60’s and 70’s. After hearing about developments the Erasmus University made, they were invited for a lunch in 'Het Paviljoen'. The gentlemen finished the day with a tour around our new campus. This tour was an eye opener for them, as when they arrived at our University the campus was quite smaller.
12 January 2018: Transito Alumni Dinner
Each year, Transito hosts an alumni dinner for former UPTE students and staff. It is a great opportunity for lecturers, staff members and students of different years to get in contact with each other. This year, the dinner took place in Restaurant Karakter on the 12th of January 2018. The attendees included those who graduated in years ranging from 1994 to 2016. Being welcomed by glasses of prosecco, the guests were then greeted with a speech by the board president, Michael Leonhard, and the Alumni officer, Charles Hermans. Memories of old study trips connected the attendees. The cozy venue provided a tasty three-course menu, accompanied by more beverage. Transito would like to thank all the support given by alumni and the department of Alumni Affairs & Development ESE which made such wonderful evening possible!
25 April 2017: Het Rotterdamsch Studenten Corps 1966
On 25 April 2017, Erasmus School of Economics welcomed 5 Alumni of ‘Het Rotterdamsch Studenten Corps’ (Het RSC) at Campus Woudestein. The gentlemen arrived at our university in 1966. They started with an intriguing lecture by Dr. Bart Leeuwenburgh about the Dutch perception of Darwin’s evolution theory followed by Margot van Sluis-Barten talking about the new objectives of Erasmus Trustfonds. Afterwards they were invited for a lunch in 'Het Paviljoen'. The gentlemen finished the day with a tour around our new campus, led by our Alumni Affairs Director, Charles Hermans. This tour was an eye opener for them as when they arrived in 1966 the campus was only a few buildings. In the evening they enjoyed a nice dinner, with more gentlemen from their year at the Rotterdamsche Studenten Societeit Hermes in Kralingen. !
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22 March 2017 : Erasmus School of Economics Alumni Day
On Wednesday 22 March 2017 the Erasmus School of Economics Alumni Day took place at Campus Woudestein in combination with the World of Business, the opening congress of the EFR Business Week. This year’s theme was play to win, in which every speaker shared their personal experience of going forward in the tumultuous world we live in.
The World of Business was opened by its host, Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, known for his appearances on the Dutch News as a Journalist. Eelco asked the first speaker of the day on stage, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chair of the State Bank of India, one of the world’s most powerful women. She spiraled around the idea that ‘Women have been listening for years, while men still need to learn how to listen’, make an art of listening. It is not about the words, it’s about the underlying message.
Princess Laurentien, another influential woman, founder of the Missing Children Foundation was awarded the EFR Business Week award. She pointed out that when you’re doing something that’s never been done before, there’s no way to know how to do it, you simply have to build the bridge as you walk on it.
During the intermezzo a very talented harpist, Mechteld Karlien de Jongh, shared an amazing story about how she fell in love with the harp. She didn’t find the harp, but the harp found her through its vibrations. It was wonderful to see her passion and dedication to doing what she loves.
After the intermezzo Bouwewijn van Eenennaam, a Dutch diplomat quoted Socrates “the only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing”. Your appearance matters with a ‘be like a swan, being beautiful, majestic, at rest above the water, but below the water trampling with your feet’.
During the closing keynote, Michael van Praag, Chairman of the KNVB talked about team building, and stressed that all players matter. As a person you should never change your values. As a last, but definitely not least, a woman who touched all of our hearts, Elissar H. Eliwi, a Syrian refugee shed a light on the acceptance of refugees. She had been in the position where Iraqi refugees entered Syria and people weren’t accepting them as equals. Now that she has experienced it herself, she understands that it is extremely important to build bridges between ‘them’ and ‘us’. She is on a nationwide tour to reach out to students and inform them about how we can help refugees.
After the World of Business, alumni were invited to join us at the Paviljoen for the Alumni dinner. With a record breaking number of registrations, and many younger alumni, this year has set an example of how we would like to continue in the following years. It was very nice to see how the younger and the older alumni connected with each other. Daniel Sikkens (chairman of the EAV) hosted the dinner, and our Dean Philip Hans Franses also spoke to our alumni about the importance of coming back to your faculty.
Many thanks to the EFR Business Week and the EFR External Affairs Committee, but of course we want to thank you, our alumni, for your presence and enthusiasm. We hope to see you at our next event!
7 February 2017: Transito Alumni Dinner
On Tuesday 7 February 2017 Transito hosted their alumni to a nice dinner in Restaurant Mooii. Around 30 people attended this event and reconnected with their old friends and classmates. If you weren’t able to attend, there will be another event for Transito’s alumni on 9 March 2017.
More information about Transito’s alumni events can be found on their website.
For other events that have been organised for our alumni, you can find them below per year: