What makes my INSEAD experience so amazing are the people. Get to know as many as possible and invest in these relationships.
Robbe Vermoesen

Robbe Vermoesen

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Nationality/Passport: Belgian Year of graduation: 2024 Current Role: Current Student

Could you share something unexpected about you?

Besides being a student, I am also a volunteer. I organise youth holidays and train youth leaders in the basics of leadership.

Tell us about yourself, and how you go to where you are today both on a professional and personal level? 

I joined INSEAD because I want to bring innovative medicine to the market. I have little working experience concerning the market part but have done research internships and clinical internships. With INSEAD and my future workplace, I hope to get a lot more experience in business so that I will be able to fulfil this goal. Personally, I really enjoy being at INSEAD, I love discovering Fontainebleau and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

What motivated you to choose the INSEAD MIM, and how do you envision it aligning with your future goals, even at this early stage? 

I chose INSEAD because of its diversity. I expect to learn a lot about companies, both knowledge and skills, but most of all I expect to learn from the people and their values. I also chose INSEAD because of its culture and alumni.

Everyone at INSEAD is really ambitious and wants to make a difference for others, and while reaching for that goal, they also assist others in reaching their goal.

The alumni from INSEAD stay connected to INSEAD, they are part of this community which makes the INSEAD experience a lifelong experience.

What were your impressions of campus life so far and how did you navigate accommodation, and sorting out all the admin? Any tips for incoming students?

Life on campus is amazing. The amphis allow for great interaction, the cafeteria offers meals from all over the world, the campus offers multiple sport opportunities, the break-out rooms allow teamwork and last but not least, the campus in Fontainebleau is surrounded by nature which is visible from almost everywhere on campus. 

Accommodation: I contacted MBA Housing as this was promoted on the INSEAD website and I am really happy with there service. 

Admin: As I am from Belgium, there was only little admin as most of the practical arrangements as banking, phone and insurances work exactly the same as in Belgium.

Could you share a little about your application process, securing financing, and making your way to Fontainebleau?

Application process: The application process was very interesting. It made me think about the reasons why I wanted to join INSEAD and why I would be a fit for INSEAD. I prepared everything in detail and made sure that the answers reflected the person I am. I was fortunate to have a lot of support from my professors and colleagues in Belgium and I received a lot of information from one of the recruiters.

I was interviewed by an incredibly helpful alum who not only researched my suitability for the programme, but also offered advice for my time at INSEAD and my future career.

Securing financing: I received the Fayat scholarship from the Flemish government. This scholarship is awarded to Flemish students studying at top universities, such as INSEAD, to build an international network and to inform others about the infinite opportunities Flanders has to offer.

Making my way to Fontainebleau: I reached Fontainebleau by car as it was only five hours from Brussels.  

In your first few weeks, what aspects of the INSEAD MIM have stood out to you as unique or particularly appealing?

The students, professors and staff at INSEAD are really inspiring. Everyday I get to meet new people and get to hear their incredible stories.

Aside from your academic pursuits, what extracurricular interests or activities are you exploring at INSEAD, and how do you see them enhancing your overall MIM experience?

The Career Development Centre (CDC) organises many interesting events and workshops that help build your own career and the student-led initiatives provide me with new experiences. I myself also want to be part of the INSEAD experience, which is why I am helping to organise Health Week taking place January 2024.

Any parting words of wisdom, and are you willing to be contacted for more information by prospective students?

What makes my INSEAD experience so amazing are the people. Get to know as many as possible and invest in these relationships.

If you are interested in hearing more about me and the MIM programme, I am always open for a chat.