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Tilburg University: more Business programmes in English

22 December 2006, 11:29

In three years' time the faculty of Economics and Business administration aims to offer all its Master's programmes, except Fiscal Economics, in English. Marketing Management is afraid of losing its appeal.

In three years' time the faculty of Economics and Business administration aims to offer all its Master's programmes, except Fiscal Economics, in English. Marketing Management is afraid of losing its appeal.

From the 19 Master's programmes offered by FEB, 3 are currently taught in Dutch. "Our overall policy is to offer all Master's programmes in English", says Vice-Dean for Education, Willem Buijink. An exception is Fiscal Economics, which, owing to its focus on the Dutch fiscal system, will continue to be taught in Dutch.

"We do have occasional guest lectures in English", according to Head of Department, Jan van der Geld, "but to offer the entire programme in English would not serve any practical purpose."

Marketing Management would prefer to continue in Dutch as well, but the faculty's management team does not agree. "We only want to make an exception if there is a very good reason to do so", says Buijink. "Marketing Management is a popular Master's and the department is afraid of losing its appeal. We are now discussing the possibilities for a gradual switch.

Perhaps it is possible to offer certain courses in both Dutch and English for a few years, to see what the effect might be." Els Gijsbrecht, head of the Marketing department, does not wish to comment at this point: "I do not want to be ahead of events.

We are currently discussing the options." Accountancy and Management Control, the third Master's programme currently offered in Dutch, will switch to English soon.

In addition to Fiscal Economics, the Bachelor's programmes in Economics and Business Administration will also continue to be taught in Dutch. Both programmes have English-language equivalents in International Economics and Finance and International Business.

Both Information Management and Econometrics and Operations Research are considering a switch to English. Henk Norde, Chair of the Econometrics and OR Education Management Team, notes, "Our Master's programme is already offered in English, so it would make for an easier transition.

We would like to attract more international students, but at the same time we do not want to see our intake of Dutch students decrease. We recently set up a committee to explore the possibilities." Teaching the programme partly in Dutch and partly in English may be an option, but will not be implemented before September 2008.

The initiatives at FEB are part of the university-wide plan to increase the number of English-language programmes, outlined in the policy memo 'Beyond Double Dutch: Action Plan to Intensify Tilburg University's International Character'. [EvC]

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