Universiteit Maastricht

Center for European Studies


Business & Economics in Europe

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest economy and a major global trading power. With the introduction of the Euro and EU enlargement, key steps in European integration were undertaken, aiming to increase European prosperity and competitiveness and further strengthen the economic governance of the area. However, with the current European sovereign debt crisis, the pressures on central banks and the negative worldwide economic forecasts, what challenges does the future hold for the great European economic experiment?

The Business & Economics in Europe programme is designed to give students a greater understanding of the international business practices in Europe and the economic policies of the European Union. What better place to study business and economics than in Maastricht, the Netherlands? Maastricht gained international fame as the birthplace of the European Union and the Euro, and is located between major centres of European economics, business and banking in Brussels, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. International trade has long been a central aspect of the Dutch economy and its strong reputation continues today. Highly successful companies such as Philips, DSM, Unilever, Heineken, Shell and ING are key players in the global marketplace and the Netherlands has the highest level of foreign direct investment per capita in the world. It is the ideal place for educating and training the global business leaders and economists of tomorrow