Events Timeline

Study Trip to London and Cambridge

Study Trip to London and Cambridge

February 7 – February 9

Our study trip to London started very early on Thursday morning – we met at Rotterdam Central at 6.15h to catch our flight to London Gatwick at around 9:00h. After the check-in at our hostel – right next to Hyde Park – we split our group of 17 participants into smaller groups and started exploring the city center of London. Besides the London Eye, we visited Buckingham Palace and London’s Tower Bridge. Afterwards, we visited ‘Founder’s Factory’. The company is an incubator and accelerator for start-ups and young companies making it especially interesting for our RSM Honours Students. To conclude our first day in London we enjoyed dinner in a restaurant offering contemporary Italian food. The next morning, we took the train to Cambridge. In a guided tour we discovered the renown colleges of Cambridge University, for instance Trinity and King’s College. Subsequently, we were given the chance to listen to a presentation and ensuing Q&A of a member of the admission's office of Cambridge University. Benedict Probst, current PhD candidate in Cambridge and alumnus of the Grand Challenges Honours Programme, made this possible for us. Benedict himself also gave us a very personal insight into studying at a world leading University and inspired some of us to strive further. Eventually, after an exciting day in Cambridge we rounded off our last night in London by exploring the world city’s nightlife. Saturday was already the day of our departure back to Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam. Before leaving, however, we still had some time to discover London’s famous shopping mall Harrods and went for a walk through the city’s beautiful embassy district. The study trip to London and Cambridge brought together a diverse cohort of Honours Students, made us mingle and bond. It was a great experience!


“Amazing conversations with amazing people in two amazing cities” - Thymo ter Doest, alumni of the RSM Honours Programme

The former Prime Minister in an interactive Guest Lecture

16:00 - 18:30 | Honours Lounge



On January 28,we were honored to host an interactive Lecture with Prof. Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, who was the Dutch prime minister from 2002 – 2010. 

Before starting our discussion with him, also the new Dean of the Honours Academy, Dr. Hub Zwart, introduced himself to us. By doing so, he presented some of the core values of the Honours Academy. 

Our lecture with Prof. Dr. Balkenende started with a short reflection: back in the days, courses at the EUR were only taught in Dutch. Germans, for instance, had to study Dutch first before being able to give or attend a lecture in the Netherlands. That’s hard to believe at our international campus nowadays. 
Afterwards, the former prime minister was very interested in our opinions and gathered our input for topics we would like to talk about. Eventually, we discussed issues ranging from today’s education system to European integration and the Sustainable Development Goals. 
The Honours Students fired questions at Prof. Dr. Balkenende, who was very willing to answer all of them. Also, the students were very interested in personal experiences Balkenende made as a prime minister such as his work-life-balance or dealing with other world leaders. 
Additionally, Prof. Dr. Balkenende let us reflect about people who inspire us and even gave us some ‘life hacks’. 
After a great and very informative lecture, we concluded with some drinks and snacks. It was a great and inspirational talk – thank you Prof. Dr. Balkenende! 


Welcome Back Reception - 18/1/2019

18:00 - 20:30 | Honours Lounge



On the 18th of January, we invited all members of the HonEURs Association to the Honours Lounge. The occasion was to see each other again after the winter break and exchange some stories of our vacation.  
Since some Honours Programmes only started in January, we could also welcome many new members to the association- the overarching ‘Grand Challenges’ Honours Programme or the Law Honours Programme had only recently started, for instance. 
Another highlight of the evening was to see almost the entire Board again after their exchange semester. The Board Members warmly welcomed all active and passive members of the association – finally now in person. 

In short, it was a nice coming together and kick-off into the new year 2019. We hope to see you all again soon at our interactive lecture with the former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende! 



Our Merry HonEURS Christmas Dinner - 07/12/2018

18:00 - 20:00 | Restaurante Old Scuola



The Sinterklaas of the HonEURs Association was very generous to our Honours Students. For a small contribution around 20 students from many different of the Honors Programs at the Erasmus University came together and enjoyed a 3-course-menu at ‘Old Scuola’ close to Oostplein. For starters, Old Scuola served pizza bread with prosciutto, salami and cheese. As the name of the restaurant indicates, everything was very traditional Italian food. The main dish was pizza and for the last round – Tiramisu – we changed the seat order to really have a chance to get to know everyone. Even though some students were pressured by exams, the Christmas Dinner provided an opportunity to relief stress and dive a little bit into the Christmas Spirit. The pre-Christmas atmosphere also had a tangible aspect: every honours received a tailormade Christmas Card (Thank you Lorena!!). Everyone had the opportunity to get to know or meet again other students of our association. Thanks to everyone for making it such an amazing event and Merry Christmas!



15:30 - 17:00 | Cambridge Innovation Center



On November 22, the HonEURs Association had the chance to visit Europe’s first Venture Café. Designed after the American model, the non-profit organization is a physical place that brings people with an entrepreneurial mindset together. We were overwhelmed by the size of Venture Café: it extends over an area of 8000m² and hosts more than 200 companies – amongst which are 70% start-ups. Besides that, an atmosphere of global connectedness prevails with people from all over the world coming together. Everybody is welcome! Anoesjka Imambaks, Venture Café’s executive director, guided our tour and told us about the organization’s ‘three I’s’: Inspiration, Interaction and Innovation. Every Thursday, Venture Café opens its doors for weekly gatherings. Both talents and entrepreneurs come together to share knowledge, stories, and inspiration.



“Even though it was my first time at the Venture Cafe, I was already able to set up some very valuable connections.”- Thom Uildriks, RSM Honours Programme After an amazing tour and great impressions, we were invited to some free drinks at the Thursday-Gathering. Thank you very much having us, Venture Café!




OFFICIAL KICK-OFF 2018-2019 - 02/11/2018

18:00 - 20:00 | Campus Woudestein Polak 3-06


On October 24, the HonEURs Association invited Tom Marshall, consultant at Deloitte and founder of "Extraordinary Life", to give one of his inspiring workshops. Tom explained to us how important it is to pursue our passions in life and made us actively reflect on them: what did we enjoy doing when we were kids? What can we do easily that is tough for others?

He also asked us to consider our future and think about where we want to see ourselves in some time from now.

To officially kick-off the new academic year, we organized a come-together in the Honours Lounge at Campus Woudestein. While having snacks and drinks, honours students and alumni of different Honours Programmes came together and got to know each other.

Our Ambassador of the Medical Honours Programme, Thomas Pereira Horta, and our Events Manager, Lorena Nieuwenhoven, shared their experiences from last year about being a member and officially welcomed everybody in the name of the HonEURs Association.

The evening was accompanied by the "people Bingo" game. While mingling, we got to know some interesting, but also amusing facts about each other. The lucky winner was honoured with a little price.

It was a nice gathering with great conversations and experience sharing!

Tom Marshall- THE INNER BEAST - 24/10/2018

18:00 - 20:00 | Campus Woudestein Polak 3-06


On October 24, the HonEURs Association invited Tom Marshall, consultant at Deloitte and founder of "Extraordinary Life", to give one of his inspiring workshops. Tom explained to us how important it is to pursue our passions in life and made us actively reflect on them: what did we enjoy doing when we were kids? What can we do easily that is tough for others?

He also asked us to consider our future and think about where we want to see ourselves in some time from now.


"At first I thought I had already heard about these statements and visions. However, Extraordinary Life gave truly inspiring and unexpected twist to them. That made me think twice about myself and my opportunities." 

                            -Pauline Liephout, RSM Honours Programme


Finding our "inner beast" turned out to be different than expected as well. We do not have a monster sitting inside us, but talents and qualities that help us achieving our goals. To this end, we coupled and set three quantifiable goals for the coming month; let's hope we can all achieve them!


"What an inspiring event! By combining our talents and passions, we are now all ready to unleash our inner beast! Let the magic happen ;)!"

              - Thomas Pereira Horta, Medicine Brand Ambassador


General Assembly - 23/06/2018

13:00 - 15:00 | Grand Café de Dijk


Do you want to know what the IXth Board of the HonEURs Association has accomplished in its mandate? Or ask any questions regarding the association?


Then join the General Assembly on the 23rd of June!


You can also share your own ideas and give us feedback! Let's improve the HonEURs Association together!


The agenda will be the following:

1. Introduction

2. Organizational Structure

3. Policy & current challenges

4. Events

5. Achievements

6. Financial Statements

7. Discharging and appointing the Boards

8. Conclusions and future plans


We hope to see you there!

End of the Year Drink - 20/06/2018

17:00 - 20:30 | Erasmus Pavilion


On the 20th of June from 17:00 till 20:30 we will celebrate the end of a great year! Together with the Erasmus Honours Academy and the Personal Leadership Programme we will look back on the past year and you are all invited to join!


This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some free drinks and snacks with your fellow honours students and alumni, while celebrating the end-of-the year. 


The event will kick-off with the Personal Leadership Programme graduation, where you can pick up your certificates. Congratulations to all of you who have fulfilled the Personal Leadership Programme! 


The graduation will be followed by a small speech from the Erasmus Honours Academy Dean and us. Afterwards there will be plenty of time to mingle  with your fellow honours students and enjoy the drinks and snacks.


We hope to see you all there!

Tom Marshall: Extraordinary Life - 24/05/2018

18:45 - 21:00 | Room T3-07, Erasmus University


People tell us that we should work with what we love, but how can we find this out? And once we discover this, what tangible steps can we take to make this a reality?


The HonEURs Association invited Tom Marshall to present Extraordinary Life: Pursuing Your Passions! Through the special combination of continuous reflection and life experimentation, he inspired us to begin an exciting journey of self-discovery. We learned how to identify our passions and gained the confidence to release our chains and pursue them! 


Tom Marshall has so far impacted hundreds of people, including executive leaders at Deloitte and now he has impacted us as well!


Thank you all for coming!


Dublin Study Trip - 10/05/2018 till 12/05/2018


The HonEURs Association went on an amazing study trip to Dublin! This is a city full of great history, famous pubs, globally known companies and academic excellence. In Dublin we explored the city with a diverse group of 20 students from different faculties. 



Activities included:

  •  A visit to the European Headquarter of Microsoft, where we had an office tour and learned more about Big Data,  Artificial Intelligence and career opportunities within Microsoft. 
  • A visit to the Guinness Storehouse
  • A tour of Trinity College
  • A city tour
  • A visit to the National Museum of Ireland

Thank you all for making this trip unforgettable, thank you Microsoft for receiving us and thanks Dublin for the sunny days!


Company Visit to MTBS - 03/05/2018

13:15 - 18:00 | Wijnhaven 3E, 3011 WG Rotterdam


The HonEURs Association visited MTBS on Thursday, the 3rd of May at 13:15. MTBS is a world-leading consultancy company offering strategic advice in the maritime and transport sector with clients all over the globe. During the visit, we got to know the office, solved a case, and of course, had drinks!


This was the perfect opportunity for our members to show their potential and network, while having a great time with the other honours students!


For more information about the company, click here!  

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Masterclass - 23/04/2018

14:40 - 17:00 | Bezuidenhoutseweg 73, 2594 AC Den Haag


Our visit to the  Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy was a great experience for anyone who was interested in politics, economics or sustainability. The Ministry is responsible for promoting sustainable economic growth in the Netherlands, being accountable for among others, economic and energy policies.


We were going to The Hague to understand how the Dutch Ministry works in practice. We also had a Q&A session with a top-ranking official. 


It was incredible to visit the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and to discuss such relevant topics with the Secretary General!


Thank you all for coming!


#metoo Discussion! - 10/04/2018

18:00 - 20:00 | Room 1-20 (Polak Building), Erasmus University


#metoo is shaking the world these days. Whether media, politics, education, sports, or any other field, shocking stories come to light. But what about the backgrounds of the debate? How can we teach others to deal with such sensible issues?


On the 10th of April we raised awareness of the problem. Two amazing speakers shined light on different perspectives on the matter:

  • Shirin Musa: Chair and Founder of ‘Femme for Freedom’, an organization that strives for marital freedom and equality between women and men.
  •  Dr. Vidhi Chaudhri: Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

At the end of the event, there was room for a Q&A as well.  


Next to HonEURs members, we welcomed other students to the event as well. A total of €75 was raised during the event and has been fully donated to women's charity. 

Get to know Venture Café - 08/03/2018

15:00 - 17:00 | Venture Café Rotterdam


On the 8th of March we got to know one of the most innovative communities in Rotterdam. 


The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has initiated weekly gatherings to connect entrepreneurs, corporates, governments and students to grow together. About 300 people attend these meetups, which are known as the 'Venture Café'. 


Director, Anoesjka Imambaks, introduced us to CIC and Venture Café. Afterwards, she took us on a tour to meet other entrepreneurs based at CIC. From 17:00 onwards we had effortless access to Venture Café, where we enjoyed some drinks and met a lot of interesting people!

Explore Holacracy & ONE15! - 19/02/2018

17:15 - 18:45 | Room C2-6 (Theil Building), Erasmus University

Holacracy is an organizational system with NO managers. All team members have an equal voice and there are no pre-defined roles. It is possible that this way of working could be the next hype in businesses.

Companies such as and Zappos have already successfully implemented holacracy in some of their teams. more and more companies claim that it is going to be the next big thing. The company ONE15 has adopted holacracy in its entire organization and taught us all about it on the 19th of February!

The event finished with a Q&A session, after which we and ONE15 went to Café in de Smitse for some drinks. It was an amazing event where we learned more about this non-traditional way of doing business!

Welcome Back Reception - 26/01/2018

18:30 - 21:00 | Erasmus Pavilion


On the 26th of January we invited the entire honours community of the Erasmus University to join us in the Honours Lounge of the Erasmus Pavilion for drinks and appetizers. 


We welcomed back alumni, who catched up with their old honours friends. This event was the perfect opportunity to network and socialize with students and professors from different honours programmes and years. 


It was a fun night!

Semi-Annual General Assembly - 24/01/2018

18:00 - 20:00 | Erasmus Pavilion


During the Semi-Annual General Assembly you could find out what the IXth Board of the HonEURs Association has achieved so far. Here, you were able to share your own ideas for the organization and provide the Board with feedback. 

Social Drinks

Are you ready to experience the honours spirit beyond the classroom? Then join us at one of our Social Drinks!


This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the HonEURs Association and to connect with your fellow honours students and alumni. At the same time, we will welcome new honours students to our community.


Do not hesitate to drop by!


Social Drinks calendar

  • 27/09/2017 | 20:00 - 22:00 | Café in de Smitse  Welcoming the new ESE honours students
  • 29/09/2017 | 17:00 - 19:00 | Café in de Smitse Welcoming the new RSM and Arts and Culture honours students
  • 06/10/2017 | 16:30 - 18:30 | Erasmus Pavilion  Welcoming the new IBCoM honours students
  • 01/11/2017 | 21:00 - 22:30 | Café in de Smitse Welcoming the new ESSB honours students
  • 09/01/2018 | 21:00 - 23:00 | Café in de Smitse
    Welcoming the new EHP honours students
  • 22/02/2018 | 18:30 - 20:30 | Café in de Smitse
    Welcoming the new ESE Bachelor Honours Research Class students
  • 28/02/2018 | 20:00 - 22:00 | Eetcafé De Stoep 
    Grab some drinks with your fellow honours students!
  • 21/03/2018 | 20:00 - 22:00 | Grand Café de Dijk
    Monthly Drink
  • 17/04/2018 | 20:00 - 22:00 | Grand Café de Dijk
    Board Recruitment Drink 
  • 16/05/2018 | 20:00 - 22:00 | Grand Café de Dijk 
    Monthly Drink

Christmas Dinner - 13/12/2017

18:30 - 22:30 | Grand Café de Dijk 


On the 13th of December the HonEURs Association got in the Christmas spirit with the festive HonEURs Christmas Dinner!


We invited you to join us at Grand Café de Dijk, where we enjoyed an amazing three-course dinner including three drinks. 


It was a night to remember! 

HonEURs Association KICK OFF! - 24/10/2017

18:00 - 20:30 | Erasmus Pavilion

20:30 - 22:00 | Café in de Smitse  


For our kick-off, we wanted to change things up a bit and offer the honours students and alumni the opportunity to get to know each other with better events, in different settings!


That is why, in the first time of many interfaculty events, we invited you to join us and, in teams, discuss globally relevant and controversial issues from different perspectives as a fun, energizing way to get to know each other. No prior debating experience was necessary. The debates were followed by exciting rounds of faculty vs. faculty beer pong at Café in de Smitse.


It was a competitive night with heated discussions and exciting beer pong games!