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Tilburg University: faculty of Economics & Business focuses on students

3 April 2008, 00:00

"Students will become the focus of attention", says Kees Koedijk, the faculty of Economics & Business Administration dean of Tilburg University. By making the package of master's programmes more transparent and their names clearer, the faculty aims to become more attractive to international students.

The master's programmes of faculty of Economics & Business Administration will be reorganised. "At the moment the faculty has seventeen different master's, which is very complicated for an outsider", says Koedijk. By making the package of master's programmes more transparent and their names clearer, the faculty aims to become more attractive to international students.

At the moment, about 15% of Economics students are from abroad. The faculty is aiming for 25 to 30%. "The market is enormous, and Tilburg University offers students something special: American quality for a European price." 

By American quality, Koedijk means the leading position of 'his' faculty in particular. He is convinced that students strongly benefit from a good research climate, for instance, by having lectures from good researchers, but also in a broader sense: they benefit from the university's good reputation.

It is, therefore, important to join the global research top a little faster, which includes having top scientists. Two top researchers were appointed recently. These positions led to the financially troubled Economics department being given priority. As a result, most professors of the new European Banking Center will be placed on the payroll of Economics. [Ries Agterberg & Stijn Dunk/transl.YV]

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