While still in secondary school in his native Germany, a teacher told Nils Hemmerle about an Opening Day event at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). “I knew I wanted to study business, but lots of people at the time were looking to do so,” Nils recalls. “I wanted to do something a little different than study at a German university. I was really attracted by Maastricht being a young and dynamic environment and also the international character of the programmes.”
A formerly dilapidated factory in the heart of Valenica, Spain, has now become the Playground Arts Center, a thriving arts academy and community centre for children and adults alike, due to the vision and effort of SBE alumnus Christopher Pena and his wife, Ankie Titulaer (Conservatorium Maastricht).
While doing her masters in Global Supply Chain Management and Change at SBE’s Venlo campus, Caroline Larisch didn’t learn much about Air Cargo, but out of curiosity for the industry, she applied for the cargo internship at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines. IATA represents some 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic, and supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. As IATA’s cargo intern, Larisch has over the last year found her passion in the aviation cargo industry.
New technology that enables customised packaging for products ordered online reduces the amount of extraneous space in boxes shipped to customers. Danny Jonker, who studied MSc Global Supply Chain Management and Change at SBE in Venlo wants to know how this might impact logistical costs for parcel carriers. We talked with him about his research.
Rankings: according to those who compile them, they represent expert opinions on quality. And nearly everyone else, it seems, has an opinion about those opinions: news media, employers, policymakers, taxpayers, prospective students and parents, and alumni looking back on their education and their alma mater.
Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) alumna Ireen Rempt says it was her personal passion for travel that first put the travel industry on her radar. “What I love about travelling is discovering the unknown and making connections with people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs,” she says.
From a very early age, SBE alumnus Jan Willem Kappes was interested in the aviation industry. “I think when I was a child it was more the fascination with flying and aircraft,” he says. “In the beginning, I wanted to become a pilot. But already during high school I realised that I was more intrigued and interested in the whole business side behind the curtain than actually flying.”
How do you combine a passion for photography with an international business degree? SBE alumnus Martijn Savenije explains.
Each month, we will include a column in our newsletter highlighting the activities of SCOPE, the official Study Association of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University.
“There are some academics who take the role of preachers when it comes to sustainability, who just reiterate that we must be sustainable,” SBE professor of real estate finance Piet Eichholtz observes. “We take a more pragmatic approach and say, well, let’s see if sustainability pays, in monetary terms. Because if it does that, you don’t need to be a preacher, you don’t need to have government rules – the market will provide incentives.”