News Archive January 2012
Tilburg co-initiator web portal FSinsight; opening by Maxime Verhagen
Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agricuture & Innovation, will officially open the web portal FSinsight.org, a worldwide platform for sharing knowledge of and experience with finance and sustainability. Tilburg University is one of the initiators of this portal, together with Holland Financial Centre, Maastricht University and Duisenberg school of finance. Kees Koedijk, Dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, is chairman of the editorial board of FSinsight.org. Dirk Brounen, Professor of Real Estate at the same School, is one of its members. British author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas is one of the keynote speakers at the launch event. He will state that we need to start investing heavily in both nuclear energy and offshore renewables, and end the standoff between them. Lloyd Kurtz, Chief Investment Officer at Nelson Capital Management (Wells Fargo) and lecturer at Berkeley University, is the second keynote speaker. Full press release.
'China's booming economy caused the financial crisis'
Since the 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street has been the perpetual whipping boy for the ensuing recession that has rocked the global economy. In the United States, Manhattan bankers relied too heavily on subprime mortgages, the story goes. In Europe, the debt crisis is often blamed on the fact that eurozone governments maintained outsized debt-to-GDP ratios, thereby breaking the rules laid down in the Stability and Growth Pact they signed when they joined the currency union. According to economist/publicist Heleen Mees (Tilburg University) the sharp fall of interest rates in the early 2000s as well as emerging economies like China are responsible for the financial crisis. Without China’s boom the crisis would not have been this bad. Read more.
Tilburg University with TNT Express and ORTEC in final Franz Edelman Award 2012
The collaborative, supply chain-wide optimization efforts of TNT Express, ORTEC and Tilburg University have been officially recognized by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSŪ). TNT Express has been shortlisted as a finalist at the 2012 Franz Edelman Award for its successful application of Operations Research in supply chain optimization.
The use of Operations Research (applied mathematics for decision making) to analyze and enhance its transportation networks has allowed TNT Express to save costs, improve service to customers and develop managers’ skills on a global scale. From Tilburg University, Prof. of Applied Operations Research Hein Fleuren has been involved in these efforts. He occupies the TNT Express chair at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. TNT Express, Tilburg University and Ortec have been working together for more than 6 years on a number of optimization projects at TNT Express. More information