iEMFC students join new learning episode in Maastricht

Last November, the students of the international Executive Master of Finance and Control (iEMFC) programme visited Maastricht for an intensive and vibrant period of courses, sharing experiences, and… exams. The model of six two-week seminars per two years is an attractive setup for busy professionals; it enables them to better balance work and study, especially for those who are based abroad. This adds to the international character of the iEMFC student population.

The November seminar was extra special, because a group of new students was welcomed. The periodic influx of new students ensures a healthy dynamic in the group and the programme, and extends the network of the students. It also offers potential participants the opportunity to join for a couple of sessions to see if the programme really suits them. The busy schedule included a company visit, guest lectures and social occasions and concluded with exams on Saturday.

We talked to Prof. dr. Harold Hassink RA, iEMFC Managing Director, about what makes this programme stand out, and we met with some of the new students to find out how they experienced the programme. Harold Hassink:

“The iEMFC programme draws an above average level of ambitious and talented participants. Often they already have a Master’s degree, plus a healthy amount of working experience. The quality of the students is mirrored in the quality of the lecturers and teachers, for whom the quality of the group is an attraction and a stimulating challenge. Some of the teachers are connected to Maastricht University, others are recruited externally. What they all have in common is that they are as well versed in the theory as the practice of their field, for example as partner, consultant or legal advisor. The expert speakers are often former student, who have proven themselves in their fields. They contribute not only content, but also share their personal career and learning journey. Including during the more informal and private settings of dinners and other social activities. The third element that completes the mix of talented students and top-teachers, is our smart didactic model: case driven, peer-to-peer learning, small groups, and lots of interaction. When these ingredients combine, things start to happen; self-reinforcing mechanisms occur, that take the learning experience to the next level. That is what makes the international Executive Master of Finance and Control programme very special!”


What the students say…

Thus far, I find the programme very enriching, interactive and doable without an academic background in Finance. Classes are taught by a variety of leaders from both academia and business. There are plenty of discussions during the seminar between students and those experts, which I find very valuable. The interactive seminars help you reflect upon your own experiences and practices you’ve encountered. In this way, the classes help to broaden my frame of reference by providing practical insights and showcasing best practices. As a result, the programme provides a holistic and pragmatic view of the Finance function, that is valuable today and in future roles.

Maastricht University’s two-week seminars, rather than weekly classes, work really well for me, as it enables me to study in the Netherlands whilst working abroad.

FLORA OUDEBOONiEMFC student cohort 2018 | Unilever

I have a background in accounting and auditing with 20 years of experience in business finance and applied finance. I consider the content of the course less important than the opportunity to learn from my fellow students. That is where the real added value lies for me: the exchange with experienced professionals and not just the academic knowledge.

What attracted me to the iEMFC is the flexibility of the programme; the two-week seminars make it easy to fit in with my work. The international aspect and the great diversity of the students was also very appealing. The whole group consists of about thirty people and the working groups of about five fellow students. So you get to work together closely with most of your fellow students.

The group has a very good mix of different expertise, ages, countries and background; this helps a lot. There is also a good balance in personalities in the group. The group is small enough so everybody can participate and have a say, without a small number of people dominating the discussions.

I have already come across several practical ideas that can be implemented in my company. Which is good, because my boss expects clear benefits when I come back, ha-ha! But I have also learned more general lessons about how other people and companies approach and deal with certain business issues.

TRUNG LE QUOCiEMFC student cohort 2018 | FrieslandCampina

My background is a master in Finance at the Erasmus University and I work in Chicago for Nouryon (formerly known as AkzoNobel Chemicals). I wanted an RC qualification and chose UMIO because I heard good stories from colleagues about the programme and the schedules with clustered weeks fit better than i.e. weekly lessons. I was also drawn by the international aspect and experience of the course.

The group experience is very interactive, with lots of mutual exchange and a high level of participation from everybody. This group interaction is very motivational as is the practical aspect of the classes. Everybody has a reasonable amount of working experience and is able to contribute. The teachers make a point of linking theory with corporate life. This practical approach is very appealing.

The programme so far certainly meets my expectations: especially regarding the applicability: theory is matched with very recognisable situations. On the one hand, the knowledge is quite detailed and deep, but you also learn to ask the right questions to a variety of stakeholders. The expert speakers were super interesting as was the company visit to ASML where they showed us how they actually improved and innovated.

The evenings are very social and the exchange continues on a personal and a professional level. This makes for a very nice mix.

WILLEKE ENSINKiEMFC student cohort 2018 | Nouryon

My background is in accountancy, I am not really a financial. A friend recommended the iEMFC programme, especially because of the way it facilitates the exchange of experiences between different businesses and backgrounds.

My last education trajectory dates from more than 10 years ago, so this takes a bit of getting used to again. In the first week, I have already heard and seen many things from a management perspective that we could do better. It has been very insightful. For me the big pros are the sharing of experiences and the international aspect. Hearing different views and opinions about cases serves me very well to broaden my knowledge!

FABIO CIDRALiEMFC student cohort 2018 | Eurobrakes

Design Thinking op de Dag van de Limburgse Financial

Dinsdag 20 november werd TheaterHotel De Oranjerie in Roermond gevuld door circa 240 financieel professionals. Ze waren afgekomen op de alweer achtste Dag van de Limburgse Financial, die in het teken stond van het thema Digitalisering & Leiderschap.

Professor Dr. Harold Hassink, hoogleraar aan de Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) en programma-directeur bij UMIO, stond in 2011 mede aan de wieg van dit initiatief: “Ten onrechte wordt vaak gesteld dat er te weinig senior financiële posities zijn in onze regio. Deze dag draagt bij aan de bewustwording op dit vlak”. Dat deze dag nu al voor de achtste keer plaatsvindt, onderstreept de geldigheid van deze visie.


Na de opening door Harold Hassink was het woord aan Menno Middeldorp, Hoofd RaboResearch Nederland en Hoofdeconoom Nederland voor Rabobank. In zijn keynote lecture benadrukte Middeldorp dat technologische kennis onmisbaar is voor de moderne finance professional, maar dat management niet mag ondersneeuwen door de aandacht voor technologische innovaties. Na het plenaire deel splitsten de aanwezigen zich op om twee van in totaal acht masterclasses bij te wonen.

Masterclass ‘Doing is Thinking’

Dominik Mahr – Associate Professor bij Maastricht University en wetenschappelijk directeur van Service Science Factory – verzorgde een van de masterclasses: Doing is Thinking – De innovatie van digitale financiële diensten.

Digitale disruptie, teweeggebracht door diverse technologische ontwikkelingen, zorgt voor opschudding in vrijwel elke sector. Innovatieve nieuwkomers als Airbnb en Uber tornen aan de posities van het establishment. Bedrijven die tot de gevestigde orde behoren, worden gedwongen hun bestaande bedrijfsmodel kritisch onder de loep te nemen. De financiële dienstverlening vormt daarop geen uitzondering.

Hoe geef je als organisatie handen en voeten aan innovatie? Een bijzonder praktische manier daarvoor is Design Thinking. Deze methodologie is erop gericht om een probleem vanuit de behoefte van de klant te definiëren en met innovatieve oplossingen te komen. Design Thinking draait om denken door te doen, dat wil zeggen goede ideeën snel in de praktijk brengen, van de ervaring te leren en ze te verbeteren. Deelnemers ervaren tijdens de masterclass hoe Design Thinking in zijn werk gaat, door tijdens een korte workshop zelf aan de slag te gaan met een case.

Wat workshopdeelnemers zeiden:

“Design Thinking heeft me aan het denken gezet over de vraag of we binnen onze organisatie wel écht klantgericht bezig zijn.”

“Als deze workshop me één ding heeft geleerd, is het wel dat je bij innovatie altijd vanuit de klant moet denken.”

“Het ‘denken door te doen’ en ‘doen is begrijpen’ sprak mij erg aan.”


Service Design voor u?

In een Service Design-traject van acht tot twaalf weken kan Service Science Factory ook uw organisatie helpen bij het vergroten van de innovatiekracht en het ontwikkelen van een nieuw of verbeterd serviceconcept. Organisaties als APG, Siemens en Volkswagen gingen u voor, en profiteerden van de praktische toepassing van de nieuwste wetenschappelijke inzichten en methodes. Voor een eerste kennismaking met Service Design is de Workshop Service Design Thinking bijzonder geschikt.

Meer informatie? Neem contact op met Dominik Mahr


Cultivating rebels with UM alumni in Düsseldorf

On Thursday night November 15th, the reception room of conference centre “Haus der Universität” in the city of Düsseldorf gradually filled with around 60 professionals of diverse backgrounds for the evening’s Alumni Lecture. The event was organised by UM’s Alumni Office and the Alumni Circle Düsseldorf, while UMIO contributed guest speaker Prof. Dr. Alexander Brüggen. Some of the visitors clearly knew each other from previous occasions, others were busy making new connections. What all attendees had in common was their “Alma Mater”: Maastricht University (UM) as the place they graduated from. Some a bit longer ago, others more recently. Fond memories of Maastricht united them and dominated the pleasant conversations during reception. The conversations soon turned to the night’s expert session, hosted by Prof. Dr. Alexander Brüggen: “Cultivating rebels”. What does it mean? What to expect? What can I get out of it for my organisation and myself?

Boosting creativity in control-based environments

After the warm welcoming words from Bouwien Janssen (Director Development and Alumni Relations at Maastricht University), and Gordon Miesen (Manager Business Development & Client Relations at UMIO), things moved on to the main event of the evening: Prof. Dr. Alexander Brüggen’s expert session “Cultivating rebels”. Brüggen is Full Professor of Management Accounting at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and Director Executive Masters at UMIO. A large share of his research interests lies in performance evaluation and incentive schemes, hence the subject of tonight’s address.

Cultivating rebels

The title “Cultivating rebels” is a thought-provoking way to indicate the complexity of stimulating entrepreneurial behaviour within the boundaries of organisational control. How can you incentivise employees to become more creative and thereby boost entrepreneurial behaviour within the firm, a phenomenon called “intrapreneurship”? The research Brüggen shared with the audience, clearly underlines an intricate balance between the control mechanism needed for daily operations and the skills and creativity required for (disruptive) innovations that safeguard long-term prosperity. Judging from the lively reception and many inquiries by the audience, the topic of intrapreneurship is very much alive among professionals from varying backgrounds and in different industries.

Lifelong learning

Events like this highlight the value Maastricht University attaches to the bond with its alumni. UMIO actively works together with the university’s alumni office in this, to support UM graduates – also as experienced professionals – on their path of lifelong learning. Learning, after all, is not only about preparing for professional life; it is also about getting ahead, staying relevant and expanding perspectives after graduation. For this purpose, UMIO offers a full-fledged portfolio of services for individuals and organisations, helping graduates manage the complexities of professional life as it happens. For example: UMIO offers several programmes that deal with the above topic from different perspectives:

Want to learn more about this topic or explore further cooperation with UMIO? Have a chat with Gordon Miesen, Manager Business Development & Client Relations (+31 43 388 46 16). 


UMIO maakt klaslokaal van GaiaZOO

Op een zonnige herfstdag in oktober – ideaal dierentuinweer! – verzamelen de deelnemers van de workshop “Beyond Monkey Business’ zich in GaiaZOO in Kerkrade om samen met bioloog Roy Erkens en leiderschapsexpert Martin Lammers te leren van het gedrag van dieren, belooft de programma-omschrijving.

Begenadigd duo

Het blijkt al snel dat Martin en Roy een begenadigd duo zijn, dat naadloos op elkaar inspeelt: een live-demonstratie van de interactie tussen academia en organisatiepraktijk. Wanneer Roy de wetenschappelijke en evolutionaire onderbouwing van gedrag(spatronen) belicht, springt Martin meteen bij om dit naar de praktijk te vertalen. Hij put daarbij uit een schijnbaar onuitputtelijke voorraad aan inzichten, voorbeelden en anekdotes uit zijn langjarige praktijk. Waar Roy dan weer op inspeelt met op wetenschappelijk onderzoek gebaseerde verbanden en kaders. Het duurt niet lang voor de hele groep aan hun lippen hangt en volop aan de geanimeerde discussie deelneemt met eigen praktijkvoorbeelden en vragen. Een cursus met een hoge feelgood factor dus, maar ook een bron van verrassende inzichten zoals nog zal blijken.

Beyond Monkey Business

Maar laten we bij het begin beginnen. Al vanaf binnenkomst gaat het er los en informeel aan toe in Hof van Gaia, de sfeervolle vergaderlocatie van de GaiaZOO. Hout betimmerde wanden en een aards kleurenpalet doen denken aan een Afrikaanse lodge. Na de welkomstkoffie & vlaai en een kort voorstelrondje, beginnen we met de naam van de cursus: Beyond Monkey Business: waar staat dat eigenlijk voor?  De speelse titel geeft aan dat gedrag veel ouder is dan de mens en apen. Ons gedrag heeft veel diepere wortels en we gaan daarom deze middag verder terug in de evolutie kijken. Wat herkennen we in groepsgedrag? Waarom doen we iets (op een bepaalde manier)? Kortom: we gaan de waaromvraag stellen bij ons gedrag.

Het experiment begint

We maken een rondgang door GaiaZOO om in groepjes van twee een aantal diersoorten te observeren. Onderweg hebben we ook volop de gelegenheid om Duitse kleuters te observeren, want het is blijkbaar een vrije dag bij de Oosterburen. Al snel komen we erachter dat observeren niet zo simpel is als het lijkt (waarover later meer).

Wat viel er op?

Na de rondgang in de ZOO delen de deelnemers hun observaties. Wat is er opgevallen aan structuur, leiderschap, gedragskenmerken en organisatievormen? Dit is het startpunt voor het eerder aangehaalde interactieve samenspel tussen het duo Martin & Roy en de groep. De geobserveerde gedragsvariaties in leidinggeven en gedrag worden in evolutionair perspectief geplaatst door Roy. Martin commenteert en illustreert vervolgens met vertalingen naar organisaties, organisatievormen, werk- en groepsgedrag. Vaak uiterst herkenbare dwarsverbanden die leiden tot veel enthousiast knikken in de groep, afgewisseld met de nodige lachsalvo’s.

Het observatieproces

Het is de opmaat om te reflecteren op het observatieproces zelf. We zijn bij de kernvragen belandt: waarom is observeren zo moeilijk en waarom is oordeelvrij observeren zo belangrijk? Observeren blijkt vooral moeilijk omdat je voortdurend zaken invult bij de dingen die je ziet. We zijn zo snel geneigd om dingen in te vullen en interpretaties te geven dat het speciale inspanning vereist om tot objectieve observaties te komen. Dat snelle oordeel is een natuurlijk proces, dat is geëvolueerd omdat we er veel voordeel van hebben. De truc is om je van dit mechanisme bewust te zijn, om het uit te kunnen schakelen wanneer het in bepaalde situaties niet functioneel is. Zoals wanneer je te snel zaken veralgemeent of te zeer afgaat op eerste indrukken.

Evolutionaire bagage

Het vliegensvlug invullen van waarnemingen is natuurlijk niet de enige evolutionaire bagage die we hebben meegekregen. De evolutie heeft ons niet alleen opgezadeld met grote overeenkomsten met dieren, maar ook met de nodige verschillen. Dat zijn vaak onze succesfactoren, die we heel gericht kunnen inzetten. Om een tipje van de sluier op te lichten: denk aan de kracht van fantasie, ideeën, creativiteit en serendipiteit.

Waar zit ‘m de winst?

Zo gaat het nog een hele tijd door met het blootleggen van fascinerende en onverwachte dwarsverbanden tussen biologie en menselijk gedrag. Ze hebben gemeen dat we ons er meestal niet van bewust zijn, het zijn niet voor niets natuurlijke processen die een belangrijke functie vervullen. Het gaat er dan ook niet om ze te onderdrukken of zelfs af te schaffen (als dat al mogelijk zou zijn). De grote winst zit ‘m daarentegen in het ontwikkelen van het vermogen er in kritische situaties afstand van te nemen, of juist bewust gebruik van te maken.

Verdere verdieping

Deze cursus levert daarvoor in korte tijd een stimulerend spervuur aan voorbeelden, inzichten, doorkijkjes en eye openers. Het is daarmee ook een staalkaart van methoden en technieken die in andere UMIO-programma’s worden toegepast en uitgediept. Volg de onderstaande links voor meer informatie.

UMIO and Brightlands Chemelot Campus start breaking bread!

On Tuesday morning October 30th, it was an early rise and shine for a mixed company of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from local companies and SMEs, international organisations, government institutions and NGOs. Their first topic of the day: a Breakfast Booster with UMIO at the inspiring campus of Brightlands Chemelot. It was the first time that both parties partnered up for an informal teaser session by UMIO’s executive teaching faculty. The concept is simple yet powerful: participants meet new people in an inspirational setting and gain hands-on academic insights for their professional practice, all in just two hours.

Strategic Discipline

Starring in this Booster was Prof. Dr. Edward Huizinga who holds a professional chair in Strategy, Innovation and Change at UMIO. In an interactive session named “Strategic discipline: what we can learn from Nike, Johnson & Johnson and the All Blacks”, he took the audience on a tour of the strategy, innovation and change landscape, stressing the importance of purpose and incorporating insights from behavioral economics into strategy execution.

Promising start

The joint initiative was very well received, with several participants already inquiring about the next edition. The compact early morning format, in combination with a broader theme that provides insights beyond the daily routine of professional practice, was much appreciated.


I am very much involved with innovation and growth, and this is a good way to get an insight into cutting edge academic research in this field at Maastricht University. The breakfast session is an appealing format, and a good initiative to make connections between academia and a wider field of interested professionals.

Erik Joosten,  CEO Arion Group.

Interfaculty collaboration in DAS-CAM programme

Last Tuesday 9 October, Brussels hosted the first graduation of DAS-CAM; a new educational programme in the field of Cardiac Arrhythmia Management. In the past two years, 32 international cardiologists and electrophysiologists have been trained for a leading position in the field of electrophysiology. The DAS-CAM programme is an interfaculty and interdisciplinary initiative of Maastricht University (FHML and SBE), MUMC+, the European Society of Cardiology and the European Heart Rhythm Association.

Interfaculty collaboration

Part of the programme is a leadership trajectory designed by UMIO and facilitated by Prof. dr. Marielle Heijltjes, Prof. dr. Piet Eichholtz, Martin Lammers, Prof. dr. Jan Cobbenhagen, and former colleagues of SBE, Prof. dr. Hein Schreuder and Prof. dr. Anneloes Raes. UMIO was also actively involved through the secondment of Ingrid Wesselingh in the organisation and coordination of this postgraduate programme. A standing ovation by all participants and faculty during the graduation ceremony in Brussels was living proof of her enduring commitment over the past two years to this fine example of interfaculty collaboration!

The Student Perspective on a Future European University

Last summer, Damien Nunes, innovation coach and service designer at UMIO’s Service Science Factory, facilitated a two-day “student experience journey” workshop at University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Young Universities for the Future of Europe

The workshop was part of the YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) alliance in which staff and students collaborate on how to address European (and global) challenges. The alliance is spearheaded by Maastricht University and brings together seven top-level universities from the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN).

Key questions

Damiens’ inspiring workshop addressed the following questions:

”How could a future European University look and feel for students?”
“What university services need to be designed to provide a unique experience?”

Six multi-disciplinary student teams each brought a particular focus from their YUFE partner university to the table. Inspired and energised by the ‘Design Thinking’ innovation methodology, the students first mapped out the existing student experience journey of their own university, sharing experiences, highlighting the various qualities, and identifying the potential for improvement.

Students’ needs and wants

Empathy is a key element within the whole workshop to understand what students find important and especially why. The purpose is to generate student-driven insights, rather than validating staff assumptions about “what is good for students”, to arrive at a true understanding of students’ needs and wants.

Reimagining the student experience journey

Within the existing student experience journey, certain focus points were highlighted. Then the teams, infused with state-of-art creativity and ideation techniques, set out to develop alternative solutions for these issues, both for the physical and the digital domain. Unsurprisingly, quite a few interesting ideas were generated for the digital domain: the development of a wide and integrated digital platform, a blend of the physical & digital experience, and the use of digital technologies for branding and promoting the YUFE alliance.

Bringing the concept alive

In this way, an overall concept was developed for a future student experience journey, a holistic map of how students will experience a future European University, with the “head and heart”. To make concepts come to life as part of an innovation trajectory, it is important to go beyond talking, and prototype services in a tangible way. The students therefore created a short pitch, which included role-play and creative design props to show how they envision ‘the Future European University’. Currently, a video of the six pitches is in the making. It will bring the concept alive for the key stakeholders of the YUFE-alliance to further shape the European University of the future.

YERUN opportunities

For more information about YERUN Opportunities for UM researchers and staff click here.

About Damien Nunes

Damien has a background in design and is currently project leader and service designer at the Service Science Factory, part of UMIO. He facilitates projects, workshops and inspires creativity within (project)groups to develop new innovative service concepts.

Send Damien a message: E-mail

Visit Damiens’  LinkedIn  page.

Innovation and entrepreneurship in Biomedical Science

In the Biomedical Sciences laboratories, students learn the skills and acquire knowledge to develop the latest medical inventions that will benefit us all. But how do you make sure that innovations deliver the value they are trying to provide? In search for an answer, the master Biomedical Sciences teamed up with UMIO’s Service Science Factory (SSF).

Innovation Sprint

SSF developed an innovation sprint that challenges students to come up with innovations based on an outside-in customer focus, and complement it with a sustainable business model. All squeezed into a 2.5-week period. A deliberately ambitious timeframe, that resulted in some very inspiring ideas that show real potential for further development.

On September 20, in a big lecture hall at the Randwyck Health campus, SSF Innovation Coach Damien Nunes and master coordinators Ronit Sverdlov and Jan Theys welcomed around 70 students to the kick-off to the innovation sprint. Then the real work started in small teams of five to six students. They had to choose a real world target group they wanted to help, and to which they had access in the upcoming weeks, because interaction with the target group is crucial to uncover and understand actual needs and context. This in-depth understanding is then complemented with insights from reports, academic literature, surveys and other research methods.

Real world target group

Because of the constraints of a real world target group and a limited period, the students need to get organised quickly and define their own case and research approach. This is quite different from the regular Problem Based Learning (PBL), where they are given a predefined case to research and solve, but conforms well with scientific practice where they have to define and describe their own projects.

A common mistake when developing innovations is being too attached to the first idea and only look for feedback that confirms the validity of that idea. To avoid this pitfall, students were encouraged to develop multiple ideas simultaneously. This approach has several benefits: prioritising needs and insights to determine if you are actually solving the right issue, and experiencing that there are often multiple ways to solve an issue. These are important learning points that surface during the prototyping and validation phase.

Creative approach and minimum effort

A good idea is only as good as its implementation, and a sustainable idea can only survive with a solid business model. The students were encouraged to hold on to their creative approach in the transition from concept development, to business model, and implementation roadmap. In short: finding creative ways to lower the investment risk, and demonstrate the real life value of a solution with the minimum amount of effort.

The results

Two and a half weeks later, the 12 teams pitched and battled against each other, and then the four best ideas were pitched in front of an expert jury. Some of the inspiring, funny and creative ideas the teams came up with: a wristband to wake-up sleep walkers, a sports community app for UM-sports to engage the student community, an education evaluation tool to provide UM-teachers with quicker feedback, an app to stimulate co-dining between students with fresh and locally produced food, and even a dating service to balance the gender imbalance of the student population in Maastricht (more women) and Aachen (more men).

Energy, creativity and agility

The jury consisted of experts with a background in business, innovation and entrepreneurship. Their favourite turned out to be an entertainment system for hospitalised patients called ‘ready patient one’. It aims to cater for the entertainment needs of a patient population that is diverse in age, cultural background and mobility, and therefore has very different entertainment preferences. The innovation sprint resulted in a lot of energy, with students showing their creativity and agility, and expanded their skills with regard to customer-centric research and design. Some of the projects have already caught the attention of stakeholders, and might continue their life and impact after this sprint. Let us see if they get implemented…

UMIO congratulates new MaastrichtMBA graduates

Three times a year the MaastrichtMBA students visit their homebase Maastricht University for an eventful course week of exchange and co-creation. It is always an intense and vibrant experience. Once a year the week is extra special, because it concludes with the graduation ceremony of the students who have successfully completed the two-year programme.

Graduation time!

Last Friday saw the graduation of ten students, all dressed for the part with the academic regalia. Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Franziska Gassmann (UNU-Merit) spoke about Social Protection Systems and Development and offered a different perspective on how social protection can contribute to balanced development and stability in poorer countries. A fitting end to the MaastrichtMBA journey, that is in large part about broadening one’s horizon and embracing different perspectives to make a lasting impact.

Student of the year 2018

After the honouring of Student of the Year 2018 Charbel Haddad, who to his own surprise had scored best overall marks for 2018, the event concluded with a reception in Ad Fundum and a sparkling party at Thiessen Wijnkoopers.

Welcoming the new students

The MaastrichtMBA Week kicked-off on Monday with the welcoming of no less than 14 new students from nine countries. They already knew each other from the introduction programme, and on Monday, they familiarized themselves with the current students. The afternoon saw even more new faces as prospective students joined the group for the MaastrichtMBA Class Experience. The welcome was extended in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere, during Monday evenings’ opening dinner. Elzette van Zyl from Stellenbosch University inspired the students with her love for Cape Town and South Africa, where the MaastrichtMBA will travel to in November. Our Dean Peter Møllgaard joined in and was not a little pleased to be initially mistaken for one of the students: “it’s been quite a while since that happened to me!”

Achtste ‘Dag van de Limburgse Financial’ op 20 november

Op dinsdag 20 november vindt voor het achtste jaar op rij de ‘Dag van de Limburgse Financial’ plaats. Ruim 250 finance professionals komen samen in TheaterHotel De Oranjerie te Roermond om te netwerken en kennis te delen. Het centrale thema dit jaar is Digitalisering & leiderschap.

Professor Dr. Harold Hassink, hoogleraar aan de Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) en programma-directeur bij UMIO, stond in 2011 mede aan de wieg van dit initiatief: “Ten onrechte wordt vaak gesteld dat er te weinig senior financiële posities zijn in onze regio. Deze dag draagt bij aan de bewustwording op dit vlak”. Dat deze dag nu al voor de achtste keer plastsvindt, onderstreept de geldigheid van deze visie.


Ook dit jaar wordt er een reeks masterclasses gegeven door organisaties uit de regio. Zij delen hun praktijkervaringen en best practices met de deelnemers, over diverse onderwerpen die verwant zijn aan Digitalisering & Leiderschap. Volg de link voor een overzicht van de masterclasses.

Doing is Thinking

UMIO | Maastricht University wordt vertegenwoordigd door Dr. Dominik Mahr, Associate Professor bij SBE en Scientific Director Service Science Factory bij UMIO, met de masterclass Doing is Thinking – De innovatie van digitale financiële diensten. Hoe moeten we innoveren rond alle digitale kansen zoals Internet of Things, Blockchain en Kunstmatige Intelligentie? Tijdens de sessie ondervindt u hoe Service Design-denken kan worden ingezet voor financiële diensten.

UMIO voor Financials

UMIO staat voor de doorvertaling van academische expertise naar concrete toepassingen voor  individuele professionals  en organisaties. Niet alleen op het gebied van Design Thinking, maar ook met specifiek op Financials gerichte opleidingen:

International Executive Master of Finance and Control
International Executive Master of Auditing
Postdoctorale Opleiding tot Registeraccountant
Postdoctorale Opleiding tot Registercontroller
Permanente Educatie voor Finance & Control Professionals

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