International Focus

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Silicon Valley: The new welfare state? A lecture by Evgeny Morozov

Today, technology companies promise us a seemingly genuine path towards social mobility. So they are more than happy to provide the public with free services in exchange for our data. But what are the moral, political, and social consequences of accepting this free bargain? And why are our existing governments so eager to go along with Silicon Valley’s plans? Evgeny Morozov addressed these issues this week in his Studium Generale lecture, which can you watch here.

Diana Leng of KS Drilling on creating value during turbulent economies

Diana Leng of KS Drilling on creating value during turbulent economies

Diana Leng oversees group finance & treasury, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance related activities. A CFO with international perspective and experience in the development and implementation of business strategies, corporate planning, banking and finance. Ms Leng is an alumnus of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) and holds a Master of Science in International Business.
 
She is a member of the SBE International Advisory Board.

Spirit and athleticism celebrated as Maastricht hosts the Royals Cup

Spirit and athleticism celebrated as Maastricht hosts the Royals Cup

Last weekend the Royals Cup took place in Maastricht for the first time. The event, organised by a student team in cooperation with the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the local community, brought together students from different countries to compete in various disciplines. The Netherlands, Germany and Morocco were represented by student teams from different universities.

Boom Bust Boom: Why we must adapt economics to human nature

Boom Bust Boom: Why we must adapt economics to human nature

Monty Python’s Terry Jones, and Theo Kocken, Professor of Risk Management at the VU University in Amsterdam, joined forces to spread the word: bubbles exist, crashes do happen, and human behaviour needs to be considered in economic policy. Their documentary film Boom Bust Boom combines comedy and serious analysis to explain why crashes happen, and features appearances by John Cusack, journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy and leading experts, including Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist of the Bank of England and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman. We spoke with Professor Theo Kocken about his film and the urgency of its message.

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

First Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium to be Held at SBE on 9 June

The first Maastricht Behavioral Economic Policy Symposium, which takes place 9 June at the School of Business and Economics (SBE), will bring together behavioural and experimental researchers from different disciplines, as well as policy makers and practitioners interested in human behaviour in economic environments.

Why university rankings matter

Why university rankings matter

Each year, universities across the world are ranked by (inter)national organisations on various criteria and indicators. How valuable are these rankings? Quite, according to Mariëlle Heijltjes, Professor of Managerial Behaviour, Associate Dean of Strategic Development and Internationalisation and Director of Postgraduate Education of Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE).