One of SBE’s key drivers is the development of an international learning environment. Our number of international students has increased systematically over the years: of the 4200 students presently enrolled, more than 60% come from abroad, representing more than 60 different nationalities.
This diversity is an integral part of the UM-wide International Classroom project. We believe that working in tutorial groups with students of different origins, different cultural backgrounds, and thus distinct contributions to offer the group, is of great value to the learning process. Exploring problems from different perspectives and backgrounds generates a unique added value. The aim of this project is thus to create an educational climate in which students can learn from one another and gain experience in different social and cultural skills.
At the same time, SBE’s international working environment has grown rapidly over years: over 45% of our academic and administrative staff now come from abroad. Researchers are encouraged to take sabbatical leaves abroad and participate in international conferences, and visiting professors are regularly welcomed in Maastricht.
In 2010, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) awarded the BSc and MSc in International Business with the Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation. This confirms SBE’s ambition and explicit vision on internationalisation as well as its impressive international reputation.