Saif Ahmed Khan

Law student from Erasmus University

Posted by Lincy Gomez at Dec 14, 2012 08:05 AM

Before I decided to go to Rotterdam, I was doing well in my legal profession. I was handling case for multinationl companies ( like ABN-AMRO, Philips,Royal Dutch Shell etc), banks and financial institutions pertaining to arbitration and corporate issues. While dealing with corporate clients, I realized that I was lacking a technical background in corporate law. This was obstructing my growth career wise. It motivated me to pursue a Master's in the field of Business and Corporate Law.

To be honest, I was quite interested to study in UK because of the common law system and very reputed and famous Universities like Cambridge, Oxford and Glasgow. I had even secured admission in Glasgow, Scotland. But in December 2006 I visited Netherlands for holidays and I found it very beautiful, advanced and sophisticated. It made me think about studying in The Netherlands. I started my search for prestigious Universities in the Netherlands.

The reason that made me choose Erasmus University was the specific nature of the international Business, Corporate and Maritime Law programme. And  another important reason for me was my Programme Director Prof. Dr. Filip De Ly's c.v. He has a vast experience in International Arbitration as well as a kind of charisma and power to attract people. One thing was bothering me and that was the Dutch language, but after having contacted the departments I came to know that the language is not an issue here, because most of the Universities have courses in English and the people in The Netherlands can also speak good English.

And then there is the city, Rotterdam is not only the gateway to Europe but also a great place to be as a student. The campus of the University is really nice. Its buildings, library and lawns are magnificent. Students enjoy being together on the campus as there is a free and open atmosphere. The university is also a home to Europe's largest student association, Star Study Association and ELSA Rotterdam has great culture too. Especially the nightlife in Rotterdam is superb. Furthermore, I like its great architecture and its skyline. Erasmus bridge, Willem's bridge, Euro mast and the Cube houses built by architect Piet Blom are not to be missed. It is a unique city. The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and was the world's busiest from 1962 to 2004, until it was overtaken by Shanghai. Rotterdam has many well-known museums like the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, the Nai (Netherlands architecture institute), and many more.

Posted by Lincy Gomez at Dec 14, 2012 08:05 AM