Why did you choose MCE?
I’m Daniel Figueiredo, 27, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I moved to Rotterdam in 2016 to study and work in the maritime industry. After a few years in the market, I recognized I needed to develop additional skills to achieve my career goals, which lead me to pursue the Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship at RUAS.
What do you think of RBS and RUAS as a university?
Studying here is enjoyable since the facilities are quite cosy and the atmosphere is very light. It was already quite common for me to meet RUASl alumni in my professional environment, and now I’ve been listening a lot more of “Oh, me too!”.
What has the experience been like so far?
Pleasant, I like how the studies are very practical, and a lot of times we get to apply our own professional background and experience into assignments. Soon, you find yourself building blocks for your own path.
What is special about your programme?
The most enjoyable part is the mix of cultures from all over the world among students, lecturers and staff. The value of this experience is immeasurable, and the more open-minded you are, the more you can learn from it.
Do you like Rotterdam?
I love Rotterdam. I decided to move here because of the maritime industry, and here is where things are happening in this field. Beyond that, from the perspective of a Rio de Janeiro-born, I like that’s it’s neither too hot or too cold, not too big but also not small.
How does access to companies work within the program?
We have many interactions with companies and external professionals throughout the programme. If you don’t have a professional direction you are looking to move with, you will definitely benefit the most, as many new paths you’ve never thought of will pique your interest, and you will have first-hand contact and opportunities.