In the week of 15 to 21 November, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, are organising an international online competition in which 16 student teams from universities and business schools worldwide are taking part. Both Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Erasmus University are taking part from the Netherlands. The teams will get to grips with big challenges facing Facilicom Group, Arcadis and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Last year, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences set up the Rotterdam International Case Academy. In this academy, students from different study programmes are trained and coached in solving complex and strategic problems. They do this in multidisciplinary teams. This enables them to learn to develop innovative solutions under pressure. The ultimate test is taking part in international case competitions. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is also organising its own competition: the Rotterdam-Carleton International Case Competition (ROCA). 'Facilicom Group has submitted a case in which we challenge the teams to highlight growth potential for our company based on our core qualities. A broad and strategic case for which we received many interesting, innovative insights,' says Jeroen van der Brugge on behalf of Facilicom Group.
‘We like to give students the opportunity to test their knowledge. So, how better than to get your teeth into real, complex business challenges? On the other hand, we like to help businesses with creative, innovative and feasible solutions for their issues. A win-win situation for both the students and the business community,’ says Ron Bormans, president of the executive board of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences would have liked to welcome the teams live in Rotterdam, but due to the circumstances, the competition is being held online. The event also offers a wonderful networking opportunity. Not only are the case companies taking part, but many managers from companies from the Rotterdam region are on the jury panels.
Besides all the competitions, on Thursday, 19 November companies and alumni will be discussing the future of higher education. ‘What kind of mindset do we need to develop in our students to enable them to resolve urgent issues relating to climate change and the sustainability of the economy, for example? How can students demonstrate leadership and what role can case competitions play in this?’
On Saturday, 21 November, the winners of the competition will be announced, in the presence of the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb.