Joost Heerkens 1991 -2019 (Alumnus)
It is with great sadness that Wittenborg has come to learn about the passing away of one of its alumni, BBA graduate Joost Heerkens, who graduated from the Economics & Management programme in 2014.
Joost was certainly a well-known figure at Wittenborg in the three years he studied with us, and was one of a select group of students who lived in the so-called ‘spaceboxes’, portable student studios situated in the middle of Apeldoorn, where a student community was built and Joost enjoyed his life. According to his parents, the three years at Wittenborg were ‘amongst the happiest of his life’.
In 2012, Joost travelled with fellow Wittenborg students on a field trip to the Shanghai Business School, where they followed lectures and were introduced to Chinese culture.
At the time of his graduation, after having returned to China to complete his internship, his tutor described Joost as “a very good salesman” who was considering an international career in business. After his graduation Joost spent time living in the far east, in places such as Cambodia and Thailand.
Wittenborg Staff, Students and Alumni extend their deepest sympathy to Joost’s parents and family, at this tragic time.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(‘For The Fallen’ – Laurence Binyon, 1914)
by James Wittenborg