Maastricht Universiteit Business School

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History: The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Universiteit Maastricht started its Postgraduate education in 2002. In 2009 the school was renamed into School of Business and Economics (SBE).

Address: Tongersestraat 49, 6211 LM Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Ambience: International and innovative. The student body, faculty and the programmes themselves are all internationally-orientated, and everything is taught in English.

Vital statistics: One of only a handful of business schools with triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. The Executive MBA is ranked in the top 10 of all Dutch and Belgian business schools. It offers a portfolio of MBA programmes, executive Masters, in-company programmes and open executive courses.

Added value: MBA programmes have a management and leadership skills course alongside the core curriculum. There is a focus on corporate governance, social responsibility and sustainable leadership. The faculty is top-rated in Europe for research and the AACSB assessment team commended the school's strong commitment to research.

Easy to get into? For the MBA you'll need five years' relevant experience, a degree, proof of English proficiency and a decent GMAT score.

Glittering alumni: Dr Marc Hendriks, R&D and technology director at DSM Biomedial; Janna Murgia, public relations manager at Macy's New York; Maurice Buijsers, director at Sekisui S-Lec BV.

Gurus: Ko de Ruyter and Jos Lemmink, both experts in service marketing; Wil Foppen, strategic leadership and former dean of Rotterdam School of Management; Christian Wolff, finance and investment and director of the Amsterdam Institute of Finance; Piet Eichholtz, real estate finance and a negotiator for the UN; Harry Hummels, ethics and board member at SNS Asset Management.

International connections: SBE offers various MBA international study weeks in Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Poland, France, Germany and the UK.

Teaching: Lectures are led by academics as well as practitioners in the field.

Student profile: The average MBA student is 37, and has 10 years of work experience (five in a managerial position). A third of the student body is non-Dutch, and the male to female ratio is 70:30.

Cost: The executive MBA is around €35,000 as well as the modular option.

Return on investment: Improved management and leadership skills, improved insight in business, increased knowledge base, increased career opportunities, enhanced network.

Who's the boss? Dr. Boris Blumberg is Academic Director MBA Programme.

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