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The New Nyenrode Network With alumni support and a big push by Dean Kees de Kluyver, the Netherlands business school exchange is back and better than ever. N U Along with course work, participants had the option to take in a Eugene Emeralds baseball game or the Oregon Bach Festival, tour the world-class athletic facilities at Autzen Stadium and Matthew Knight Arena, dine on American fare, and feel the sand between their toes at the Oregon coast. Executive MBAs were invited to the Oregon Executive MBA campus in Portland for additional instruction and networking. Hilverda said his father came to the states back in 1950 but had to return to the Netherlands due to family obligations. So when the younger Hilverda heard about the program, he jumped at the chance to see Oregon, while getting world-class instruction at the Lundquist College of Business. As the UO-Nyenrode tour bus wound its way through forested hills beyond the city limits of Eugene en route to one of Oregon's premier wineries, King Estate, Hilverda reflected on his UO-Nyenrode experience. "To me, it's a little emotional," he said. 10 "I can see what he saw and feel what he felt." Hilverda's father passed away just weeks before his son left for the exchange. "I'm enjoying the USA—being here at Nearly sixty international students experienced a whirlwind week of learning at the University of Oregon as part of the reenergized UO-Nyenrode exchange program. B orn in the Netherlands and currently living in Germany, Nyenrode Executive MBA student Erwin Hilverda knew he would fulfill his late father's dream of returning to the United States—he just wasn't sure how. The group purchasing manager at Vaillant Group, a heating, hot water, ventilation, and air conditioning innovator based in Remscheid, Germany, truly came full circle last July when he completed the University of Oregon–Nyenrode Business Universiteit exchange program. Hilverda was one of fifty-eight participants—twenty-seven executive MBAs and thirty-one international MBAs— in the inaugural group for the new program in July 2012. one of the well-known universities," he said. "Sustainability is a major topic at the moment, so it's very interesting. You have the experts right here. Assistant Professor of Management Andrew Nelson was great—very enthusiastic, dynamic, with lots of energy—and Associate Professor of Management Jennifer Howard-Grenville as well. I'm enjoying the interaction." He said the topic of efficiency directly correlates to his work at Vaillant. "It really makes sense to connect," he said of his new international contacts. Nyenrode International MBA students Sushil Vispute, Loreto Scaff, Brian Wire, and Ataol Oktem at a Eugene Emeralds game It wasn't all fun and games. Students logged lots of classroom time. Robert Deidun takes in King Estate Winery with Loreto Scaff. The group also got a look at the estate's four-acre solar array—which can power 100 homes. D L Q U I S T T C I O L L E G E O F B U S I N E B S S N E Y N R O D E U S S T E I University of Oregon

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