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EWP and partners launch unique Executive MBA Program Water Specialization

Sep 11th, 2010 |

Rotterdam, 11 September 2010. This Tuesday, the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), Wetsus, the European Water Partnership (EWP) and seven further founding partners joined their expertise and launched a new Executive MBA program that focuses on the water business. Starting in January 2011, this program will offer a higher management education to companies in the water business.

The program is tailored to international oriented and talented business people who wish to develop their activities in the global water business. With a strong emphasis on leadership development in an international environment, the aim of the EMBA Water Specialization program is to reflect and further expand on issues related to water quality, distribution and availability. Moreover, the goal is to provide insights into state-of-the-art technological and managerial aspects of operating successfully in the industry.

Participants will take part in the first two terms of the Executive MBA Program at RSM. The third term of Advanced Courses, specializing in the water business, will be modular in format and will take place at Wetsus in Leeuwarden. Moreover, two international modules of one week in each year of the program will take place in locations that are known to have major water challenges. These modules will focus on the water sector specifically and exclusively. Business cases, guided visits to plants and lectures from expert business people in the water sector will make up a substantial part of these international modules. The In-Company project, supervised by an RSM faculty member, will also be in specialized water topics.

“All indicators show us that there will be an increasing global, severe water shortage. We therefore need to focus on this broad, complex issue, and help solve it by providing the necessary management and leadership skills to people working in the water management business. We anticipate that EMBA participants in this specialization may come from such functional areas as HR, Operations, Strategy and Innovation, and from a broad variety of organizations concerned with water management”, said Prof.dr. George Yip, Dean of RSM. Cees Buisman, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of Wetsus stressed that the successful development and implementation of water technologies that address the world’s major water challenges requires talented, excellent and well trained people that can make a difference. “Aside from business principles, leadership and management skills the EMBA participants will gain in multidisciplinary insight in the complex worldwide water issues”, he said.

Other founding partners include Aquatech, Evides, Grontmij, Norit, Paques, Philips and Vitens.

FLTR: Walter van der Meer (Vitens), Cees Buisman (Wetsus), Rob Heim (Paques), Menno Holterman (Norit), Dianne Bevelander (RSM), Tom Vereijken (EWP/Grontmij), Klaas Wassens (RSM), Mike Sijbrandij (Evides), Mariapia Di Palma (Wetsus), Paul Lelieveld (Wetsus), Jaap Spronk (RSM), Lute Broens (Norit)

FLTR: Walter van der Meer (Vitens), Cees Buisman (Wetsus), Rob Heim (Paques), Menno Holterman (Norit), Dianne Bevelander (RSM), Tom Vereijken (EWP/Grontmij), Klaas Wassens (RSM), Mike Sijbrandij (Evides), Mariapia Di Palma (Wetsus), Paul Lelieveld (Wetsus), Jaap Spronk (RSM), Lute Broens (Norit)

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in Europe. It is located in the international port city of Rotterdam where core Dutch values of openness, flexibility and acceptance of diversity have attracted businesses on a global scale. RSM’s emphasis is on groundbreaking research and practices relevant to business; the primary focus is on developing business leaders who carry their innovative ideas into a sustainable future. The portfolio includes a broad array of bachelor, master, doctoral, MBA and executive education programs.

Wetsus, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, creates strategic cooperation opportunities between companies, research institutes, and talent. This inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration encourages the development of profitable and sustainable water treatment technology, and innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of global water issues. Wetsus cooperates with 15 Universities and is financed by 95 companies and several governmental

For more information on the Executive MBA Water Specialization, please click here.

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