Exchange Program Returns

After a hiatus of more than two decades, the UO-Nyenrode exchange program is back in business. This July, fifty-six participants--thirty-two from the full-time international MBA program at Nyenrode Business Universiteit and twenty-four from its executive MBA program--came to the University of Oregon's Eugene campus for a jam-packed week of educational opportunities and cross-cultural exploration. Extracurricular activities included a visit to the Oregon coast, a tour of Autzen Stadium, and the chance to attend a Eugene Emeralds baseball game or the Oregon Bach Festival. The week wrapped up at King Estate Vineyard, where the current group of students mingled with alums from the program's earlier incarnation. "They called us 'the guinea piggers'," recalled alum Ward Beck, who studied at Nyenrode in 1965 and 1966, during the program's first year. For Dean Kees de Kluyver, who met his wife while on exchange from The Netherlands and graduated from the UO in 1970, the program's resurrection is especially meaningful. “It has been a thrill seeing the new exchange come together so seamlessly," he said. View photos of the group at King Estate, in the classroom, and at PK Park.