Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots, computer programs that can simulate actual human conversations, were the stuff of science fiction. Today, however, companies such as Munich-based e-bot7, co-founded by SBE graduates Fabian Beringer (BSc in International Business) and Xaver Lehmann (MA in Finance) are using this technology to help customer service departments in companies to handel queries more efficiently.
Teaching children a moral code when it comes to their behaviour and treatment of others online is a challenge for teachers who don’t have experience with social media or understand young people’s usage of it, which in turn can lead to ineffective approaches to discussing the issue of cyberbullying in schools. This was the discovery of SBE graduate Joerie Nijhuis who, together with fellow SBE graduate Tom Peeters, developed the online educational programme “It’s up to you”.
Maastricht was the place to be on 22 April when the SBE Alumni Office and SCOPE joined forces and celebrated Alumni Day 2017!
On 16 February 2017, W@Competition—a platform aiming to help promote and connect women in the Competition Practice—announced for the first time a list of ‘30 in their 30s Women Competition Professionals.’
Born and raised in Heerlen, Lars Pacbier remains proudly connected to the city he describes as “having come a long way from being one of the major crime cities in the Netherlands” to winning the 2016 World Travel and Tourism Council’s Best Travel Destination in the World Award. In fact, Lars and his company FB4 have become one of the driving forces responsible for attracting international attention to Heerlen and the surrounding areas.
Marlies Copy of Marlies portrait (1)Verhoeven, cofounder and CEO of global arts club The Cultivist, has come a long way since she first stepped foot on the campus at Maastricht University — and a long way it is from Maastricht to New York, which she has called home for the past 11 years.
With a dedication to sustainability and a fierce entrepreneurial drive, SBE alum (Bachelors and Masters, International Business) Laurent Estourgie typifies the millennial mindset. His burgeoning business, Sparcio, is the second he has built since earning his degree at Maastricht University in 2010—and the second business with an eco-friendly message.
After a whirlwind, two-week tour in Asia with stops in Seoul, , Goa and Dubai, Lucas de Wert, one half of acclaimed Dutch DJ duo Lucas & Steve, could finally relax at home—for one day, at least. De Wert, the Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE) alum-turned-DJ, has a schedule packed with studio time and meetings for the pair’s upcoming music video featuring their newest track, “Calling on You”.
Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. (LDC) today announced that former Royal Dutch Shell executive Armand Lumens has been appointed Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective March 1st, 2017.
A new book on organisation change—written by three SBE alumni—presents the process of deep change as an adventure. The book, Engage! is presented as a travel guide for change agents. The emphasis is on making connections and learning to learn.