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A distinction is made between promoting generic non domain specific knowledge and awareness on the one hand and developing a thorough command of domain specific economic skills and techniques on the other hand.
Non domain specific objectives:
- The education aims at applying the scientific attitude, stemming from an academic or preparatory programme, on the scientific findings and practical situations in the domain of management.
- The education aims at developing intercultural skills via a learning by doing approach, thus expressing the international character of society in general and the economy in particular. This is facilitated by the multinational nature of the group of students.
- The education focuses on both oral and written reporting and communication techniques and leads to a critical attitude.
Domain specific objectives:
- The programme stimulates the business economic literacy.
- The programme stimulates the student to understand the context and relationships in business economics.
- The programme gives insight in the role of markets and institutions on economic performance.
- The programme provides insight in the opportunities for intervention in the economic process.
- The programme offers an understanding in the functioning of companies and non-profit institutions in specific markets.
- The programme prepares the student for working in and with companies.
- The programme trains the student in strategic thinking.
- The programme prepares the student for a career in business.
- The programme conveys general accepted scientific insights, while also focusing on new evolutions in scientific thinking about economic and business issues.
The graduates of this programme:
- can reduce economic issues into researchable questions, examine these questions in a scientific manner and define the policy impact of their findings. They can collect and process economic data in an independent way, and use different techniques to analyze and interpret this data.
- can apply their economic and general knowledge to a specific issue, and use that knowledge where necessary to develop new solutions thereby further expanding this knowledge. In self-formulating and self-resolving issues, they take due consideration of elements such as uncertainty; information costs, system interactions and ethical implications.
- can effectively put forward their findings, both orally and in writing, and outline the policy impact of these findings. They can adequately provide an oral presentation and write a scientific report.
- can independently contribute to the preparation or development of a corporate strategy. They can critically examine an issue and do not carry out assignments in a thoughtless way or do not apply readymade formulas blindly.
- can manage one or more business processes and determine where and when it is necessary to call for internal or external expertise. They can explain the nature of business problems to subordinates, colleagues and supervisors and encourage them to work together in understanding the problem, in collecting additional information and in proposing solutions.
- can start, individually or together with others, their own business taking into account, inter alia, economical, organizational, commercial and legal conditions and rules.
- can anticipate changes in the market environment and organizational problems in or outside the company and can put forward solutions if necessary.
- can uphold their knowledge of methods and applications in management via literature study and permanent education.
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In the context of this programme, the following academic plans are offered:
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