Carlijne Mouthaan one of only six students out of 35,000 to be awarded a star in Hanze University’s ‘Walkway of Fame’, in Groningen in the Netherlands.
She was nominated by one of her lecturers for the award, for her work in combining profit and purpose, and turning that into a corporate strategy, which was also the topic of her final thesis. The ceremony took place on 16 May in the presence of the Dean of Hanze University, and house of parliament Member Henk Pijlman.
Carlijne joined ICHM in July 2010 from De Rooi Pannen hotel school in Tilburg in the Netherlands to study for the ICHM degree, receiving her qualification at the September 2011 Graduation. Her six-month work placement as part of the program was with Starwood in Shanghai, China, where she was offered a job and stayed on for five years.
In 2015 she decided to come back to Europe and undertake a Double Master Degree in International and Intercultural Communication. The double degree allowed her to study at two universities: Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom and Hanze University in the Netherlands, and to receive two Master of Arts degrees in 2016.
Carlijne joined Shell in The Hague in June 2016, where she is currently External Relations Advisor for the Energy Transitions team.
With Shell she says she has found a field in which she can seamlessly combine profit and purpose, with the Energy Transition team looking at opportunities for the company and the Netherlands to move to less CO2 emissions and more renewable energy, to reduce the effects of climate change.
‘It feels like a mission that I take on with pleasure every day.’
She says ICHM gave her an international perspective, and an understanding of how large the world really is, and ‘which opportunities lay out there for me, also beyond my home country boarders’.
‘It was great being in such a multicultural environment, with highly motivated and inspiring people from different (cultural) backgrounds. I believe this is ICHM’s biggest attribute—the fellow students and the wide, international outlook.
‘It was because of ICHM that I pursued an international career and found my deep passion for other cultures. And I have come to realise that ICHM is much more than a hotel or hospitality school; it’s an International Business School, with a hotel angle. My experience of that is very positive, as the education is broad and therefore sets you up for work in different fields, with the world as your playing field.’