Inspiring sessions, interviews with scientists and executives and a tour of Rotterdam and its port: on Saturday 19 March 2016, three international students will be arriving in Rotterdam for their ‘Make it happen’ trip. The students won this special trip after posting their personal ambition on Erasmus University Rotterdam’s ‘Wall of Ambition’. Over the course of six days, they will be introduced to Rotterdam’s university, city and port.
Last year, Erasmus University Rotterdam established its online ‘Wall of Ambition’ as a concrete expression of the university’s new motto: ‘Make it happen’. Prospective international students were invited to post their personal ambition on this wall. The most inspiring entries were selected by a jury and rewarded with an all-inclusive, tailor-made ‘Make it happen’ trip.
On Saturday 19 March 2016, Rheza Gandi Bawono Gandi (Indonesia), George Deligiannis (Greece) and Amna Khalid Abdelrahman Babiker (Sudan) will arrive in Rotterdam for a six-day introduction to the city, the university and the port.
Rheza aims to develop the best cancer therapy ever and implement it in his home country of Indonesia. George’s ambition is to change the way people and countries think about growth and innovation. And finally, Amna wants to structure the healthcare system in Sudan so that it can be accessed by everyone. The main purpose of the ‘Make it happen’ trip is to give the three students an unforgettable experience in Rotterdam, so that they leave for home full of inspiration.
Sessions and interviews
During the ‘Make it happen’ trip, Rheza, George and Amna will discover how the university, the city and the port can contribute to the realisation of their ambitions. They will each receive a presentation training, meet with Rector Magnificus Professor Dr Huibert Pols and be given an extensive tour of the EUR campus. In addition, Rheza, for example, will have an interview with Dr Jan Nouwen (Programme Director of Erasmus MC’s Infection and Immunity research master programme) and with Maarten Frens (Dean of Erasmus University College).
George will be attending an Econometrics lecture and an Entrepreneurship and Organisation seminar, among other things, as well as speaking with Professor Dr Henk Volberda, a renowned scientist in the field of Innovation and Strategic Management. Of course, the guests’ programme also includes visits to the city and the port, including a walking tour and a visit to the FutureLand information centre.
About ‘Make it happen’
Since December 2014, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam Partners work to build a joint profile under the motto ‘Make it happen’. This motto reflects Rotterdam’s typical can-do mentality and shows what the city, the port and its inhabitants stand for: blazing trails and pushing boundaries, with a no-nonsense attitude. The ambitious Rotterdam attitude connects the city, port and university. Through this brand alliance, the four partners are able to put Rotterdam on the map even more effectively, in the Netherlands and abroad.