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8 november 2012: Studentendag ministerie van Financiën Deze tijd vraagt om scherpe keuzes. Het geld kan maar één keer worden uitgegeven. Bij het maken van de afwegingen speelt het ministerie van Financiën een sleutelrol. De minister wil graag weten wat jij adviseert. En snel ook. Op 8 november sta je in zijn agenda... Tijdens de Studentendag 2012 werk je aan een actuele case en maak je kennis met een interessante werkgever. Het ministerie van Financiën is een jonge organisatie waarin nieuw talent direct wordt beloond met een flinke dosis verantwoordelijkheid.

Schrijf je in vóór 22 oktober 2012 Je bent tweede-, derde- of ouderejaarsstudent algemene, bedrijfsof fiscale economie. Ook met Nederlands of fiscaal recht en met bestuurskunde ben je van harte welkom, net als met iedere andere studie met daarin het vak openbare financiën. Wil je op 8 november de minister adviseren en een onuitwisbare indruk achterlaten? Schrijf je dan in vóór 22 oktober 2012 via

Soms wil je alleen de sfeer proeven Soms wil je het onderste uit de kan In Barcelona voel je het bruisen. Van de Sagrada Familia tot Parc Güell; er hangt iets moois in de lucht. De stad is continu in ontwikkeling en daarmee is het de aangewezen plek voor zowel een prettige als pittige business course. Heb jij de ambitie om jezelf verder te ontwikkelen én wil je PwC en je toekomstige collega’s leren kennen? Schrijf je dan in vóór 7 oktober 2012.

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Open Days

Now that the Tweede Maasvlakte is finished, it is time to look back!

Where to live when you’re not at home.

Tweede Maasvlakte Bachelor Guide



Orientation Cycle Introweekend Photopage Involve


Meet the board

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EFR-Involve visited Cameroon for their project. Read all about it here!


We would like to introduce to you the new Board!


Get in the Ring

CITYHUB AMSTERDAM An interview with the creators of CityHub.


Three Questions for... CityHub Meet the Board

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Editor in Chief Floris van Prooyen Schuurman Writers Jasper de Ruijsscher Charlotte Sonneveld Max Eleveld Floris van Prooyen Schuurman

Jeroen Huisman Redmar Poot Korian Oganesian Jara Verkleij

Marketing Officer Beatrijs Bakker

Commercial officer Johan Schoone

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DEAR READERS, Welcome in the first edition of the renewed EFREclaire, this time with the theme ‘Building Rotterdam’. This theme fits the EFR perfectly, since we are always building on a better Rotterdam. Our specialty within these building activities is to support you, the economics students, to feel at home and develop yourself during your studies in Rotterdam. To make this possible we are constantly thinking of ways to improve our organisation. Therefore, for the first year students we will focus on helping you with the new ‘nominal is normal’ rules this year, for example the EFR will facilitate training to support you with your studies. Furthermore, to foster the international orientation of our students the EFR will organise a Study Trip for the first time this year. As you can see the EFR is constantly evolving and building on its organisation. Another EFR topic concerning building at the moment is the new EFR office in the hallway between the C and H Building. This office will be opened on the 12th of October, and hereby we invite you to take a look and ask for a tour from one of our active members. We will gladly show you around in our new office, which is entirely focused on making the economics students feel at home. Finally, building Rotterdam also applies to you, our very own economics students, because you are the ones that build a sociable Rotterdam. You are constantly building yourself as well, by studying, enjoying student life, and meeting your ambitions. We recommend building the best person you can and, as the EFR, we are there to help you in the process. I hope you enjoy reading this renewed Eclaire and we are looking forward to see you soon in our new office.

From this year on, the committee that writes the EFR-Eclaire is called the ‘Reporters Committee’ instead of ‘Eclaire Committee’. This change of names reflects the new goal of the committee. No longer is the goal to simply produce a magazine and deliver it, but it is to report developments linked to the students and to report about current economical trends. With this new goal we also changed the design of the EFREclaire to make it even more enjoyable to read. Also, we are working very hard to create a new online environment for the EFR-Eclaire. In the future, this online space will enable you to read more about articles posted in the EFR-Eclaire and view pictures of EFR activities. Besides the new Eclaire, more ‘building’ takes place in Rotterdam. Our campus has been under construction for quite a while now and it will take until 2016 to finish building the first phase of ‘the campus of tomorrow’. Like the EFR, the Erasmus University of Rotterdam seems to understand the importance of renewing and improving. If you do not improve yourself once in a while, others will overtake you. That is the reason another build takes place in Rotterdam, namely the construction of the Tweede Maasvlakte. At the moment the port of Rotterdam is the ‘Gateway to Europe’. To protect its current position as most important port of Europe, Rotterdam had started the construction of the Tweede Maasvlakte. With the costs of the construction being 3 billion dollars, however, questions were raised about the profitability of the project. On page !! these questions will be answered. We also found a construction project that recently has been finished; The Student Hotel. Our reporter Max Eleveld spoke with Frank Uffen, manager Marketing and Partnerships at The Student Hotel. In the article ‘Building Rotterdam: Living the good life’ on page 18 you will read everything about it.

Kind Regards, Nienke Benders President of the 49th EFR-Board

We hope you enjoy reading this Eclaire, Floris van Prooyen Schuurman Chairman of EFR-Reporters

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OPEN DAYS ERASMUS SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS MASTER OPEN DAY October 30th On Tuesday October 30th another Erasmus Open Day Masters is organised. For interested students from bachelor-2 and -3 of the Erasmus School of Economics and from other universities, this is the opportunity to gather information about the Master specialisations of their interest in Economics and Business, Accounting Auditing and Control, Fiscale Economie and Econometrics and Management Science. On this day information sessions will be held about the Master specialisations offered by the ESE. Furthermore an information market will be organised on which lecturers and students will represent the different Master specialisations. They will be able to answer all your questions. The Erasmus Open Day Masters will take place from 17:30 until 21:30. The ESE master programs are present in the C-building. For more information and applications please visit: open_day/autumn/

BACHELOR OPEN DAY November 17th On Saturday November 17th the EUR will organise the annual Bachelor Event Autumn. Many students will visit the University to decide about their future. All the ESE programmes are present on the information market at the C-building on this day. Students, ambassadors, academic advisers, and instructors will help the new students to make their choice by providing presentations and in depth programmes. Mark the date in your agenda when you want to have a taste of the visitors’ enthusiasm. You are more than welcome! For more information about the Bachelor Event, take a look at: open_day/autumn/


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TWEEDE MAASVLAKTE On the 11th of July Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands pushed the button to start the closing of the last opening in de sea defense line of the Tweede Maasvlakte. The final stage of construction had begun. When the construction is finished, the size of the port of Rotterdam will be increased by twenty percent. According to the plans this should eventually result in a growth of the Dutch economy. Is the expectation that the Tweede Maasvlakte will be beneficial a realistic one? The Tweede Maasvlakte (or Maasvlakte 2) is a major civil engineering project in Rotterdam. It consists of building a new port, together with supporting infrastructure on reclaimed land as an extension of the Port of Rotterdam. A four km long dike is under construction to protect the area from the sea. The Tweede Maasvlakte is the biggest engineering project in the Netherlands since the Delta Works. A cost-benefit analysis done in 2001 by Centraal Planbureau - the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis - showed that certain forms of the Tweede Maasvlakte would be beneficial and other forms would not. We can only hope that the beneficial forms have been used in the current project. Despite predictions of Centraal Planbureau, it is very hard to say how much money the Tweede Maasvlakte is going to make. The costs however are already very clear: three billion Euros.

The market share of the port of RotterThe Port of Rotterdam Authority has dam with respect to other ports, like the four scenarios for the amount of transport of Hamburg and the port of Antshipment in 2030, all four being fairly werp, keeps on growing. This reinforpositive. A little too positive, according ces the position of the Netherlands as to some experts. Michiel Nijdam, port the logistic center of Europe. A position Economist at the Erasmus University, in which the doesn’t agree It is very hard to say how much monNetherlands with them: makes a lot ey the Tweede Maasvlakte is going ‘The preof money asdictions are to make. The costs however are alsures Michiel ambitious ready very clear: three billion Euros. Nijdam. and based on expected amounts of sea containers in “Sometimes it is roughly called ‘shotransit, but I do not think these expecving boxes’, but it is very complicated to tations are wrong. Even in the scenario get such an amount of containers into “Divided Europe” the rest of the world’s a continent.” economy still grows, and the amount of trade stays on the same level. Thanks Luckily us Dutch people are very good to the internationalizing of the supplied at shoving boxes! change it is necessary to transport more for the same amount of produced goods. The past twenty years this trend source has had a bigger impact than expected, and that is exactly why the predictions article/39144-michiel-nijdamof Centraal Planbureau are outdated.’ bespreekt-de-opening-van-detweede-maasvlakte/

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BACHELOR GUIDES In cooperation with the ESE, the EFR publishes the Bachelor Guides. These guides are information brochures containing all necessary information about your bachelor year. This year there are Bachelor Guides for all bachelor years separately. The Bachelor Guides are available on the EFR website and as hardcopy at our office. On these pages we will highlight some important things that are coming up! Check the Bachelor Guides for more information.

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During the Eurekaweek and ESE Takeoff you learned all about the student associations, study associations and the faculty where you are studying. We as the Economic Faculty association for example offer your study books with a discount and help you with your personal development. In the Bachelor Guide you will also find more about all the information systems available, for example MyEUR, Blackboard, OSIRIS and SIN-Online. If you want to know more about this, please see page ten of the Bachelor 1 Guide.

During your second year, you can already start orienting on how to proceed with your studies and career, because you will have to choose your major specialisation in your third year. In collaboration with the Erasmus School of Eco¬nomics and the master study associations the EFR organises the Orientation Cycle. This event consists of five different Orientation Days and provides you with the opportunity to explore different fields of expertise in practice. More information about the Orientation Cycle can be found on page 12 of this Eclaire. During your second year, you also have to decide how you want to fill the first two blocks of your third year. In block 1 and 2 of you third year you can go on exchange or you can follow a minor and electives at the EUR or another Dutch university. Another possibility is doing an internship for eight weeks.

During your third year, you have to choose and follow your major. The major is the specialisation of the bachelor with courses that give you extra knowledge about a specific field. The majors you can take correspond to the master programmes offered by the ESE and they can help you preparing for them. However, it is not necessary to follow a specific major to get into that master. The major consists of three courses of four credits each and a twelve credit seminar. Seminars are small group discussions and involve a lot of assignments and presentations. Some majors offer a choice of courses and in some the programme is fixed. Some majors also offer courses in the second block already.

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Now that the end of block one is approaching, it is important to remember to register for your exams in time. You can register yourself for exams 35 days in advance of an exam until seven days before the exam. By going to SIN-Online, scrolling all the way down you will be able to see ‘exam’ behind each course. By clicking this button, you will automatically go to Osiris. Here you can register yourself. If you forgot to register for your exam, you have to go to the ESSC in the E-building. For more information check the Bachelor 1 Guide page seventeen. On this page you will also find information about places where you can study. There are study places available at the University Library, H-building and G-building. If you need help for passing your exam there is StudyBoost, which offers extra classes to small groups. More information can be found on page eighteen of the guide.

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More information about exchange, minors and internships can be found in the Bachelor 2 Guide pages 13-17.

In the Bachelor 3 Guide you will find more information about all majors including an overview of all majors and corresponding courses and seminars.

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PORT DAYS 22-23 MAY 2013

To help you orientate on minors, majors, masters and your future career, the EFR organises a cycle of orienting events in cooperation with the corresponding master study associations. The generic term for these events is Orientation Cycle (OC). You can attend all the events of the OC, but it is also possible to subscribe for only one of the events. The OC will provide you with insight in what future career and academic options you have in a certain field of economics. Through speeches, presentations and workshops of professionals and professors you will gain insight in the academic and professional aspects of the concerned field

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of economics. Last year, ABN AMRO was present at the Finance Day, Shell at the Port Days and Harald Swinkels (CEO Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij) at the Entrepreneurship Day. Above you find the days we will organise this year, so you can mark your agenda. If you wish to stay up-to-date about these events, please send an e-mail to and we will send you updates when more information about these events and their regi– stration is available.

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INTROWEEKEND This year again, the EFR-Start Committee organised the EFR-Introweekend, the introduction weekend for upcoming first year economics students. About 70 prospective economists and 30 active members gathered to start the weekend with a tour around Rotterdam, where tasks such as playing a football match in the Excelsior stadium, have a swim in the fountain at Hofplein and helping an old lady cross the road needed to be fulfilled. For pictures check the EFR Facebook. After a couple of hours walking through sunny Rotterdam (yes, the weather gods were kind to us), there was time for some relaxing and sleeping in the bus to Zevenaar, where the rest of the weekend was spent.

The programme consisted of a speed dating event (which has paid off), water fights, sporty activities, swimming in the lake, having homemade fries for dinner and enjoying some fine tunes by our own International Officer Jeroen Huisman at night. The beer was flowing, the sun was shining and friendships have started and are maintained. First year students, active members and board members, thank you for being there and being awesome. Lots of love from the EFR-Start Committee.

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INVOLVE 2012 CAMEROON After a year of hard work for the Involve Committee, after 3 months of collecting data for the desk research it was finally the 26th of July: the bus arrived at Rotterdam Centraal to bring 19 ambitious students to Paris Airport to start the journey of their lives.

It all started mid April; subscriptions for the new EFR Involve Project came in and very soon more and more students applied. After days fully filled with interviews and a tough selection the group was formed and was ready to jump in the unknown world of ‘providing water to the poorest people of the South-West Region of Cameroon’. Together with partner LiveBuild (which already has several years of experience within this field) the question was raised mid-January whether the current way of aid work and water provision in particular, is the right way. Especially the very costly way of water provision is a very debatable point as we can all see in politics nowadays as well.

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So the mission was clear, the project should focus on water provision, sustainability, should focus on the poorest people (the so called ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ or BoP) and should be manageable by LiveBuild; a tough mission but certainly not impossible. Split up in 4 teams, the Involve team focused on 5 major cities and its surrounding villages: Douala, Kumba, Buea, Limbe and Bamenda. When arriving at Douala Airport on the 27th of July, most of our planned research activities were already impossible to conduct. A completely different world embraced us: chaos, shouting, no structure whatsoever. To expect that we have to finalise our research here.

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During the first weekend we stayed with the whole group in Douala. We made a tour through the city, guided by a local who showed us the ‘real Douala’. We visited a fruit market, a fish market and tried typical local Cameroonian food such as fufu, ndole, plantain and cassava. After the first weekend all groups spread out over the South-West region to start their own research. Team technical went to Kumba and soon came in touch with a member of the city council who guided them around for the entire week to help them with their main

research topic: the different systems used to supply the communities with water. Team Social headed for Buea to investigate the villages surrounding the big city. With the help of partner organizations of LiveBuild, several communities and systems were visited. Team Economic travelled to Bamenda to talk with a lawyer who was contacted during the desk research back in the Netherlands. With his help regions and organizations were visited which were initially marked as impossible to reach.

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Last but not least team Financial stayed in Douala to visit companies such as PWC, several banks and the Cameroonian suppliers of water. The first week was a successful one and gave hope for the last. Want to know how the story continues? Visit to read the full report.

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE ALL-INCLUSIVE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IN ROTTERDAM BY THE STUDENT HOTEL In the beginning of September, Rotterdam was home to the introduction of a brand new concept in student housing in the Netherlands. After months of planning, building and preparing, the first Dutch edition of The Student Hotel opened its doors. EFR-Eclaire spoke with Frank Uffen, manager Marketing and Partnerships at The Student Hotel, about student housing, the city of Rotterdam and the future of housing. Frank Uffen is a busy man. It is only a few weeks until the opening of the first location of The Student Hotel, and a lot of different things still have to be arranged. ‘We are one of five companies still in the running for redeveloping the Overhoeks Tower in Amsterdam, former property of Shell,’ Frank explains. If everything works out, it will become the second Student Hotel in Amsterdam. The first building, located in the former Elsevier building, is already under construction. When finished in 2013, a total of 709 rooms will be available. The location in Rotterdam on the other hand has 252 rooms and is located in the former headquarters of the Rotterdam Social Insurance Bank. It is the second city so far in which The Student Hotel fully operates, the other one being Liège in Belgium. Open since 2008, the Belgian pilot is especially popular

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among first-year students and international students. Frank says that they are attracted by their concept of all-inclusive student accommodation. Here at our location in Rotterdam, everything a student needs is available. As of now, four weeks before opening, the location in Rotterdam already has an occupation rate of 95%. The Student Hotel offers an amount of luxury and leisure that cannot be matched by regular Dutch student housing. A stay includes a wide variety of extras, ranging from the free use of the build-in fitness centre, library and study rooms, to receiving a free bicycle upon arrival. This in turn is reflected in the pricing of the rooms. Starting at almost six hundred Euros for a standard room, and increasing to around eight hundred Euros for a Super Suite, students certainly pay a fair amount of

money to rent a room at The Student Hotel. Frank: ‘Then again, you have to see the bigger picture. We are talking about fully furnished rooms here, equipped with brand new furniture. Students do not have to go out to buy their own chairs and desks, nor do they have to worry about installing Wi-Fi and buying duvets, mattresses or pillows. It’s already there.’ The idea of all-inclusive student accommodation originated in the United States and Great Britain where, accor– ding to Frank, ‘student housing is a truly mature and professional business.’ Student housing there is for a good part designated for short-stay students. ‘Students rent a furnished room for one or two semesters, and return home during the summer holidays.’

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The experience of The Student Hotel with this form of student housing comes from the company’s CEO, Charlie Macgregor. His family has been involved in student housing across Great Britain since 1982. The family founded the company City Li–ving, which offers more than 20,000 rooms throughout Great Britain. When Macgregor moved to the Netherlands some years ago, he saw the opportunity to move City Living to the European mainland. Together with Frank Uffen (experienced in campus redevelopment) and Felix Hillen (whose background lies in the hotel business) they set up The Student Hotel brand, which operates under the management of City Living. The Dutch market for student housing is roaring.

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According to Bouwfonds REIM, the potential Dutch market for student housing comprises some 22,5 billion Euros. Besides the effort put in by the Student Hotel, other private companies cannot wait to join this growing market. Swedish furniture giant IKEA for example is already planning to invest fiercely in student accommodation in the Netherlands. Despite increasing competition, the future for The Student Hotel seems bright. ’Over the course of the next few years, we are to open more than five thousand new rooms in the Netherlands,’ Frank states. ‘Eventually, all the Dutch university cities will meet our concept of student housing.’

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EUREKAWEEK This year, the theme of the Eurekaweek was ‘Feel the future’, a fitting theme for a brilliant week, full of introductions, meeting new people and of course partying! Especially for new students, the Eurekaweek is a great way to start an exciting and brand new period in your life, as you are probably new to the city of Rotterdam and its student life. Each year, the Eurekaweek is the time in which all of the student associations of the Erasmus University (EUR) give a good insight in what they are about. The EUR has all kinds of student associations, amongst which leisure-, study-, sports- and cultural associations. During the Eurekaweek 2012, around five thousand new students got to know Rotterdam, its student life and other nice places to visit. Next to all the ‘old’ students, this made for a good week full of students, enjoying their time in the city.

Besides the fraternities, the EFR was also well represented during the Eurekaweek. On Monday the 20th all the new students of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) were able to join in on the so-called Academic Experience. Here members of the EFR, together with former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, showed students what studying at the ESE and being active at the EFR is all about. After that students went out to a drink, where this year’s Almanacs were handed out, and to the Student Festival.

Tuesday was a relaxing day, where new students were able to have a drink and grab a bite at café de Stoep with EFR Active Members. Wednesday the 22nd was home to the Info Market, where students with questions about, basically everything, had the opportunity to ask EFR Active Members about their university life and the upcoming study year. It was followed by yet another great evening at café de Stoep, after which students roamed the streets of Rotterdam, ready to feel the future! For more photos and information

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FOR JAN PETER BALKENENDE Which of your jobs do you like better, Ernst & Young or the Erasmus University? ‘It is not comparable; Ernst & Young is my fulltime job and I really enjoy working there. I have always said, however, that I would return to the university after my premiership and now I have. I really enjoy associating with young people and using my work experience in my lectures.‘

Do you think that the ‘krokettenmotie’ still has the right to exist in these hard times? (This proposal, which still remains in force, was introduced by Jan Peter Balkenende in 1993 and gives all members of the Amstelveen city council the right to have a ‘kroket’ if their council meeting lasts until after 23.00.) ‘That’s not up to me to decide, but to the city councils. But I don’t believe that the ”kroketten” make the difference in the state budget.’

You drive a Porche Panamera. How do you like this car? ‘I first want to mention that it is a hybrid car, and the car is excellent. I do not drive on a circuit though. That will cost too much gas and tires. Jan Peter Balkenende was Prime Minister from July 2002 until October 2010

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CITYHUB AMSTERDAM A NEW WAY OF TRAVELLING This year the EFR is organising an investment battle in cooperation with the Holland Program on Entrepreneurship (HOPE). During this battle, young and ambitious start-ups get the chance to pitch their unique business idea to four well-known, major investors in the surrounding of a boxing gala and in front of 900 visitors. In the past, the event was called ‘Meet the Dragons’ (MTD). From this year on the event will be called ‘Get In the Ring’ (GITR) and will take place in Rotterdam on the 14th of November 2012.Over the past three years, CityHub Amsterdam had been looking for investors. That is why the two founders participated in MTD two years ago. The founders pitched their idea in front of four well-known investors and it was a big success. In fact, CityHub Amsterdam has recently opened the doors of its first pilot office! The concept of CityHub Amsterdam is simple: hostels only offer sleeping places that you have to share with strangers, whereas hotels give you more privacy, but are expensive. Pieter van Tilburg and Sem Schuurkes wanted to offer travellers something in between and ended up with CityHub. At CityHub you have your own HUB. The Hub is a private sleeping unit that offers a comfortable place to sleep for two persons and space to change clothes and store luggage. It is designed to minimize the usage of space without sacrificing privacy and provides you with a surprisingly cosy sleeping experience.

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How did you prepare your pitch before Meet the Dragons? Sem: This was a show pitch, so the hardest part was not to focus too much on information but more on entertainment. Even though we only had one minute to show our idea, we just tried to make the most out of it. You do not have time to start talking about details because then you will lose the attention of the audience. Our pitch was written down word for word and Pieter knew everything by heart. He said the words exactly as they were written and we used some good headlines.



Pieter and Sem answered some questions concerning their business idea, MTD and also GITR. How did you come up with the idea of CityHub? Sem: We really believe that the current generation of travellers knows everything about the world and has friends everywhere. There is more of a ‘community feeling’ among travellers nowadays. For example, people in the Netherlands usually do not stay overnight when they visit Amsterdam for just one day. At the end of the day they pack their bags and go home. For them, there is just no cheap place to stay that gives you privacy as well. This is exactly what CityHub offers.

a very good bed into the Hub and then minimise the usage of space.

Did you also look at the well-known sleeping boxes from Japan before you developed the Hubs? In Japan, hotels are filled with hundreds of small capsule-like boxes of 2mx1mx1m. In the capsules are beds and positioned on the ceiling are TV’s. Sem & Pieter: Yes, we were actually in contact with the factory of those sleeping boxes, but regulation in Europe is too strict for that. Next to that, a normal European person would simply not fit in the Japanese-sized boxes. This is why we came up with an alternative for that, but of course those boxes were an inspiration for us. It was our aim to put

What did it actually feel like when you entered the stage and had to present your pitch? Sem: Well, I get quite nervous in these kinds of situations, so Pieter was the one who did the pitch. I joined after the pitch when the investors started asking questions. I was extremely nervous and I was not used to holding a microphone. While I was speaking I managed to forget that I was actually holding it, so at some point no one could hear me anymore. Pieter did a really good job though. MTD made a great show out of it with a lot of music and special effects.

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Why did you choose to go to Meet the Dragons two years ago? Sem: At that time, we were looking for investors and we wanted to build up a reputation. We wanted to use all the opportunities that we came across. So Meet the Dragons was a good promotion for you? Sem: Yes, it was. Thanks to MTD many well-known magazines published articles about our business idea. MTD got the ball rolling for us: right after the show an investor came up to us.

Why would you recommend GITR to new start-ups? Sem: It would be quite arrogant not to grab this opportunity because it is really hard to find an investor. It took us almost three years! We had a lot of potential investors, but in the end none of them was interested. This is a problem most start-ups face. Where do you see CityHub Amsterdam in the future? Sem & Pieter: Hopefully all around the world! First we want to build more Hubs in Amsterdam. We want to have our first location, see how it works and whether it has the potential to be franchised. We hope to create about seven new locations in the next five years. In the future we want to develop a completely standardised concept that can easily be copied and transferred to other cities. We already received requests from people who want to build a CityHub in their city, like Rio de Janeiro. Other potential locations are South Africa, Germany or Belgium. For more information about CityHub Amsterdam: For more information about Get In The Ring, the Investment Battle: It will take place in Rotterdam on the 14th of November 2012

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As the International Officer of the 49th EFR-Board I have the honour to be responsible for all international activities of the EFR like the iBuddy programme, the Study Trip and Involve. Furthermore, I am responsible for all educational concerns like the Orientation Cycle and the Bachelor Guides. If you have questions concerning these topics, do not hesitate to contact me!

My name is Patrick van Tol and I am thrilled to tell you that I will be the Treasurer of the 49th Board. Being a Treasurer implies that you are responsible for the liquidity and cash management of your company. This means you have to make sure money comes in, and you have to decide on which activities money is spend. In my opinion, this is one of the most important tasks within the EFR-Board.

I have just finished my bachelor International Economics and Business Economics (IBEB) and this year I will be a full-time Board member of the EFR. Last years I have organised activities for EFR like the EFR/EenVandaag Lijsttrekkersdebat, the Consultancy Charity Game and the Entrepreneurship Day. This year I hope to organise even greater activities together with my fellow Board members and make it a memorable year!

Currently I am studying International Economics and Business Economics (IBEB). At the start of my study I became an active member at A.R.S.R. Skadi and I joined the EFR in my second year. At the EFR I have been a member of the Almanac Committee and the High Five Committee. Combining professionalism with pleasure will be my top priority for this year.

JOHAN SCHOONE Commercial Officer

MARLOU VELOO Activities Officer

As everyone knows, the most beautiful position of the EFR-Board is the Commercial Officer. That is what makes me, Johan Schoone, proud to carry the title of Commercial Officer of the 49th EFR-Board. The Commercial Officer is the spokesmen to all companies and sponsors. In practice this comes down to visiting a broad range of companies, negotiating contracts, representing the interests of the companies and managing the relationships of the EFR.

When I walked in the EFR office three years ago, I was amazed by the ambitious, fun and open atmosphere that the active members created for everyone. It made me feel welcome and that is why I decided I wanted to be involved with the EFR. This year I have a fulltime position as Activities Officer in the 49th EFR-Board. This gives me the opportunity to work with a large group of active members and engage myself fulltime to support these committees.

I just finished my study International Bachelor Economics and Business (IBEB), which I did for the last three years. The last two years I have been an Active Member of the EFR, during which I also participated in a lot of activities of the EFR, like the EFR-Business Week and the EFR-Consultancy Charity Game. All together, I hope to have an awesome year, in which fun will have the most prominent role.

I almost finished my study Bachelor Economics and Business Economics, which took me three years. During my study I was a member of the I.AM. committee and the External Affairs committee, from which I learned important organizational and networking skills. This year is going to be more than fantastic and I will do my very best to organize the most useful and fun activities together with the beloved active members.

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REDMAR POOT Career & HR Officer As the Career & HR Officer of the 49th EFR Board, I will be in charge of the development of our beloved Active Members. My main job is to bring you to the next level in your student time, by providing trainings, interesting career orientated activities and active supervision. For example the Erasmus Recruitment Days, Get in the Ring and the EFR-Shell Research Project; the Career & HR Officer has it all! I have been studying International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics (IBEB) for the last three years, in which I have been an Active Member at the EFR ever since I came to Rotterdam. I started off with organizing the IBEB Introduction Weekend, followed by the High Five committee in my second year. During my ‘holidays’ before my Board year, I went to Cameroon to complete a year of hard work for the newly formed Involve Committee, a lifetime experience I will never forget. This year I hope to combine knowledge and fun to help our Active Members to have the best year of their student life, both in terms of fun and professionalism.

MARC HENDRICKX Vice-President & Secretary My name is Marc Hendrickx and I am the Vice-President & Secretary this year. I am responsible for all external communication. Furthermore, I am also responsible for the EFR-Reporters and Almanac Committee. I finished the bachelor International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics (IBEB). In my first year I participated in the I.AM Committee. We organized the City Trip to Paris as well as the EFR Vibes and the summer event. Last year, I was the chairman of the Activities Committee, where we organized the Consultancy Charity Game, the Port Days and co-organized the Queen’s Day Festival in Rotterdam. I want to develop myself this year and help others develop themselves, so that they can use their experience for the rest of their lives!

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BEATRIJS BAKKER Marketing & IT Officer My name is Beatrijs Bakker and I am the Marketing & IT Officer of the 49th EFRBoard. As Marketing & IT Officer I will be responsible for the digital environment and the entire marketing and promotional policy of the EFR. The last three years I have been studying International Business Administration (IBA). In 2011 I studied in Bangkok for five months and when I returned I decided I was ready for a new challenge. Even though I had not been active at the EFR before, I was welcomed warmly. In the coming year I will be focusing on the EFR and all the fun, activities and learning moments that this year will bring. Next to that I will work on finishing my Bachelor’s degree. I am looking forward to this awesome year!

NIENKE BENDERS President This year I will fulfil the function of President for the 49th EFR-Board, this entails being responsible for everything the EFR does. Furthermore, my role is to support the Board with their tasks and represent the EFR to external parties. Before I became a Board member I have participated in various EFR-events, for example the EFR-Business Week and the Erasmus Recruitment Days. With these events I came in contact with the EFR for the first time, which triggered me to apply for the EFR-Board. This year will hopefully bring the experience of working so closely with a great team. Just like the EFR I strive for the best results possible and bring the EFR to the next level, because ‘The only way is up’.


Bat-el Berger is begrotingscoördinator bij de Inspectie der Rijksfinanciën (DG Rijksbegroting) die deel uitmaakt van het ministerie van Financiën. Zij studeerde Economie aan de VU. In eerste instantie had Bat-el niets met de overheid, maar Financiën leek haar toch wel interessant. Daarom heeft ze zich opgegeven voor de Studentendag in 2009. ‘Door de Studentendag ben ik helemaal enthousiast geworden over Financiën. Ik wilde wel weten of het er elke dag zo aan toe ging. Naar aanleiding daarvan heb ik gesolliciteerd naar een stageplaats’. Bat-el heeft stage gelopen bij de afdeling Buitenlandse Financiële Betrekkingen (Generale Thesaurie).

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Bat-el is na haar studie gestart als Rijkstrainee bij het ministerie van Financiën bij de Inspectie der Rijksfinanciën (IRF). De IRF wordt ook wel ‘de ogen en de oren’ van de minister genoemd. Hier worden de ministeries gecontroleerd op hun uitgaven. Als begrotingscoördinator is zij verantwoordelijk voor het controleren van de cijfers. ‘Ik heb Financiën en Algemene Zaken in mijn pakket. Mijn voornaamste taak is in de gaten houden dat elke euro zo doelmatig mogelijk wordt uitgegeven. Dit betekent dus niet dat er geen geld mag worden uitgegeven, maar dat het geld op een efficiënte en effectieve manier wordt uitgegeven. Als we denken dat er tegenvallers aankomen of als er ergens bezuinigd moet worden, passen we de ramingen aan.’ ‘Van tevoren had ik het beeld dat het werk heel cijfermatig zou zijn. Dit is het ook, maar er komt zo veel meer bij kijken. Ik had nooit gedacht dat ik zo veel zou moeten onderhandelen. Daarnaast zit ik veel in vergadering en ben ik regelmatig bij andere departementen op bezoek. Als er kamervragen zijn voor de minister word ik ook betrokken bij het hele proces van beantwoording. Alles wat je doet heeft impact op de maatschappij en dat vind ik heel erg gaaf.’

Prinsjesdag Voor de IRF is Prinsjesdag de belangrijkste dag van het jaar. ‘In mijn derde week bij Financiën was het al zover. Ik heb mijn begrotingen gecontroleerd en mijn handtekening eronder gezet. En dan gaat het om miljarden! Ik heb de laatste controle gedaan en vervolgens de begroting in ‘het Koffertje’ gedaan. Dat is toch wel heel erg bijzonder!’ Het werk is volgens Bat-el interessant, dynamisch en erg afwisselend. ‘Je krijgt vanaf het begin veel vertrouwen en verantwoordelijkheid. Dat werkt ontzettend stimulerend!’ Kijk voor meer informatie op of bel 070 342 73 17 Je sollicitatie mail je naar

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EFR-Eclaire Volume 33 Number 1 'Building Rotterdam'  

EFR-Eclaire Volume 33 Number 1 'Building Rotterdam'