SBE alumnus Ruben van der Aa connects Rabobank to ICC@M
“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.”
Martin Wetzels, professor of marketing and supply chain research at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, is looking at the impact of “digital disruption” on the academic and business world alike. His findings are the subject of his 2018 UM Star Lecture in Cologne.
The rise of populism and discontentment with globalisation has made the European Union seem steadily vulnerable, not only with extreme actions such as the Brexit vote but in more subtle ways, as individuals increasingly feel discontentment with how society is organised and run. To help understand and also counter these ‘anti’ feelings, Jozef Ritzen—honourary professor at Maastricht University among many other distinguished titles—has edited a new book, ‘A Second Chance for Europe.’
The signing of the Maastricht Treaty marked the first step towards the establishment of the European Union (EU) as we know it today. Now, 25 years later, it is time to take stock. Has the EU lived up to expectations? Is it up to the task of addressing the problems of our time – the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, Brexit and rising anti-European populism, with Trump as just the latest variation on this theme? Has the ideal of an integrated Europe become obsolete? If it were up to Luc Soete, professor of International Economic Relations, Brussels should be given more power.
In the era of US President Donald Trump and the UK’s vote to exit the EU, many are wondering about intrinsic differences between the right and left and where political preferences come from. In a paper about to be published in Elsevier’s Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, researchers Kaj Thomsson and Alexander Vostroknutov explore this question through the lens of giving: How is sharing shaped by our political inclinations?
Beginning this month, 47 third-year SBE bachelors’ students in the fields of economics or international business are embarking on global business or economics internships—a challenging component of the Emerging Markets specialisation that was launched in 2015.
Last August, two Maastricht University (UM) students had the unique opportunity to travel through China following the path described in China Illustrata, a 17th-century collection of travel journals compiled by the Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, which is part of the UM’s Jesuit collection.
Master’s students at the Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE) have this rare opportunity as part of a course called ECB and Monetary Policy.
Each year, students from the International Business and International Business Economics bachelors programmes are invited to apply to join the case competition squad: a commitment that can demand up to 30 hours a week at the peak, but one that students who have participated say is completely worth it.