Rotterdam University AS and Carleton University cordially invite you to attend the ROCA:

Rotterdam-Carleton International Case Competition

15 November – 21 November 2020, ONLINE

The ROCA is a unique and annual competition, alternately organized in Rotterdam and Ottawa. From all over the world, 16 top universities are sending highly talented student teams who will spend a week working on the complex problems of companies in the Rotterdam area (cases). This year’s companies are Arcadis, Facilicom and Port of Rotterdam. The teams are interdisciplinary in composition and try to come up with innovative, creative and sustainable solutions that fit into the world of tomorrow. During the case competition, a professional jury assesses the solutions and determines a winner per case.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend one or more events of the ROCA. Due to Covid19, ROCA is online this year and therefore we ask you to register with this form. 

ROCA Opening Ceremony - 15 November, 2 pm – 3 pm

  • Welcome by Ron Bormans, President of Rotterdam AS, and Jerry Tomberlin, Provost of Carleton University
  • Information ROCA week
  • Draw and Match-ups ROCA

ROCA Panel discussion- 19 November, 2 pm – 3.30 pm

  • Keynote speech by Kees Klomp, Senior Researcher of  ‘Purpose Economy’ at Rotterdam University AS
  • Panel discussion led by Robin Ritchie, Professor at Carleton University:
    - How can cases / case competitions best serve companies?
    - How should students be coached towards sustainable and meaningful solutions?

ROCA Closing Ceremony - 21 November, 2 pm – 3 pm

  • Closure by Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam  
  • Announcement and Celebration of the winning teams

ROCA Matches – 16, 18 and 20 November, 1 pm – 4 pm

If you are interested in watching the matches, we will send you the recorded presentations after the ROCA. Please let us know by sending an email to  If you are interested in attending some of the matches “live” (Arcadis, 16 Nov; Facilicom, 18 Nov; Port of Rotterdam, 20 Nov), please let us know. Then we will try to arrange a digital visitor’s spot for you, however, access to the digital presentation rooms is very limited.  

Yours sincerely,

2020 ROCA Organising Committee

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