Here, we are creating an overview of all Honours Classes for our prospective members!
It all starts with a fun Bootcamp weekend in Zeeland, where we get to know each other (and ourselves) a little better through a programme that is focused on integration and self-development.
The core part of the ESE Honours Programme revolves around two theme cycles: International Politics and Economics, and Social Policy. Our sessions are very diverse and focus on various activities, including interactive guest lectures, cultural events, skills workshops, company visits and a trip abroad. Many events are picked and organized directly by the students, which gives us a lot of room to be creative. For instance, so far we have visited Booking.com and hosted a few inspiring guest lectures with experts on numerous fields, such as global economics, international law and journalism.
Of course, the ESE Honours Class is not only about the cool events. We get a lot of opportunities to challenge ourselves with topics concerning various current economic issues. We also work on our personal development to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves and to write and present the academic papers on various exploratory topics.
Overall, participating in the ESE Honours Programme is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons, acquire new skills, meet many interesting people and to add variety to your week's routine with something extra.
- Mikolaj Kulakowski, ESE Brand Ambassador
The 2017-2018 Honours Class addresses the construction of Europe and European Citizenship through the lens of communication and media. Our sense of place is established through communicative processes and representations. Concepts such as place and city branding, PR and marketing strategies, ICTs and popular culture play a crucial role in our formation of a (supra)national identity. Hence, we explore how and to what effects these kinds of communicative practices produce identities and facilitate communities in Europe.
Additional readings complementing the IBCoM programme, field trips and guest lectures are part of the agenda in this year's Honours Class. Next to student-led sessions, where we discuss weekly readings, we recently attended a White Paper Session with the European Commission Council representatives of the Netherlands. We explored several future scenarios of Europe in 2025 in an interactive manner during this meeting. In addition, the IBCoM Honours Programme's agenda entails a field trip to the European Commission in Brussels. There, the construction of European Citizenship on an institutional level, and its reflection onto a civil identification with European values and the European community, will be investigated by preparing a consultancy task for specific European foundations.
- Alex Schwinges, IBCoM Brand Ambassador
The RSM Honours Programme is centered around the topic: Silicon Valley. Observational learning about this geographical cluster is accomplished through the lens of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation, entailing that entrepreneurship and strategy consulting are intertwined in this programme. Students get extra assignments and lectures of different professors and company professionals, concerning these topics.
There are two 24 hours business challenges integrated in the course. The first one is organized in the Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship Science Tower in Rotterdam, in which students in teams of four have to build and pitch their own app. The second business challenge is a hackathon, which is organized at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk. The biggest assignment during the course concerns strategy consulting. For this assignment, students in teams of four have to give consult to a Dutch start-up, whether expansion to Silicon Valley would be beneficial to them. A one week field trip to Silicon Valley itself is also included in the programme. During this week several companies, venture capitalists and institutions will be visited. Highlights of this week are the visits to the Google headquarters, NASA and Stanford University.
- Ron Koppers, RSM Brand Ambassador