Objectives

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Learning Outcomes

Objectives and attainment targets
a. Scientific competencies
Master students are offered scientifically founded training in the domain of the economy of international trade and commerce and European economic integration. This training is designed to impart an in-depth understanding of current 'state of the art' scientific knowledge in this area to students. The training programme is driven by scientific research and encourages students to engage in in-depth specialisation.
The envisaged scientifically-founded knowledge involves an in-depth understanding of:
* advanced microeconomics,
* advanced macroeconomics,
* 'open economy macroeconomics' and economic theory in the international financial markets,
* economic theory of European economic integration,
* theory of international trade and commerce.
The university level of the training programme equally comprises a considerable element of quantitative training. This implies the study of econometrics as an ancillary discipline.
b. Professional competencies
Master graduates are expected to be  capable of conducting scientific research at the university in the field of discipline of the Master programme, as well as being able to  use/apply their scientific know how in a  argued, professional and self-reliant manner in the preparation, making and follow-up of economic and business-economic policy decisions. In particular, Master graduates are economists who can be  deployed in the study and research departments  of major banks, multinational corporations and international organisations.
The objective is to prepare students for a range of highly qualified and quantitative-oriented research and policy positions. Master students are expected to develop a problem-solving attitude required for the due identification of and methodologically appropriate approach to issues, for the exploration of solution alternatives, and for selecting, designing, implementing and assessing an  argued solution.
Master graduates are to have the competence to numerically analyse macroeconomic issues in the field of international trade and commerce and European economic integration and to convert their findings into policy recommendations. This implies the simultaneous development/acquisition of other skills such as: interpersonal skills (holding presentations, interviewing, taking part in or chairing meetings) and skills in the area of expressing and formulating one's views.
Masters are to have an international (multicultural) attitude.
c. Social competencies
Master graduates are expected to have an active focus of attention on due insights as far as general social developments are concerned (globalisation, 'new economy', ...), on new insights resulting from corporate scientific and economic research, and on the impact of such developments and research on everyday practise.
d. Philosophical competencies
Master graduates are expected to have an independent and critical attitude,  acknowledging circumstances in which independent, rational and disciplined thinking is key, as well as the strength of courage and the fortitude to bring their abilities and capabilities to bear in such circumstances.

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Academic plans

In the context of this programme, the following academic plans are offered:

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