Welcome to Talkin’Business, Welcome to Maastricht!

Last month I experienced first-hand what Maastricht has to offer guests of all walks of life when, in my capacity of Dean of the School of Business and Economics, I welcomed visitors (academics and fellow deans) from such countries as Australia and France. They were interested in Maastricht not just because they wanted to visit SBE, but in fact for a variety of reasons: one asked to be driven past the home of André Rieu, world famous in not just Australia, and someone else made sure to stop by not only my office but also the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), although not necessarily in that order. Spring is definitely in the air, visitors keep coming to Maastricht University, and I have decided to consider this a good omen.

Another important issue: the conference season at SBE is declared open. In fact, from 6 to 13 April three consecutive conferences will be held at our School.

The first conference is on the Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe (DIME) and is organised in collaboration with UNU MERIT.

The second one is the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Organization (IPSERA), which is organised by the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

The third one is the MSc Management of Learning Day, organised for the second time by our Department of Educational Research & Development. You can read more on these events in this issue of Talkin’ Business.

All conferences will attract many researchers from all over the word and we are very pleased to invite them to our School. Those eight days will be crowded, but also very stimulating for all participants, ranging from young and talented researchers to principal investigators. I for one am looking forward to seeing the dynamics of the academic profession in motion at Tongersestraat 53.


Jos Lemmink, Dean

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