News Archive September 2012
Guy Verhofstadt gives view on importance of resilience for the Netherlands
The Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt and the Tilburg University Professor of Strategic Management Filip Caeldries are the keynote speakers during the event ‘CollegeTour’, organized on October 4 by Tempo-Team and Tilburg University. In front of an audience of Tilburg University students and professors and the top of the business community they will talk about resilience: the ability of organizations and employees to successfully adapt to the quickly changing circumstances. After the keynote speeches, Guy Alleleijn, Albert van der Meulen, Han Mesters and Esther Raats-Coster will hold a T-Talk: a short, inspiring speech of 12 minutes, based on the format of the TED-Talks. The ‘CollegeTour’ is held in Dutch, admission is by invitation only.
Read more (in Dutch): press release.
EBC conference on banks and public finances
The ongoing financial crisis is showing that the fates of a country’s banking sector and of its public finances are too much intertwined. Banking crises in Iceland, Ireland and other countries have wrecked the public finances of these countries. Currently, the European sovereign debt crisis is proving to be a major threat to the stability of Europe's banking system. The relationship between the banking sector and the public finances is a complex one. This complex relationship is the central topic of the fourth Financial Stability Conference held by Tilburg University's European Banking Center (EBC) on October 4 and 5. During two days, an international group of prominent finance Professors and researchers will present and discuss various aspects of the central topic. They will, for example, talk about the impact of government ownership of banks on efficiency, credit and financial stability, politics and banking, the fiscal costs of banking crises, and taxation of the financial crisis. Keynote speaker is U.S. Professor of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business Viral V. Acharya. On October 4 he will hold his keynote on the paper Are Banks Passive Liquidity Bankstops? Deposit Rates and Flows During the 2007-2009 Crisis.
More information on the conference.
Lotte Diepenmaat and Ruud Franssen winners Best Thesis Award 2012
Yesterday, Lotte Diepenmaat and Ruud Franssen, graduates from Tilburg University, received the Fujifilm and Menlo Best Thesis Award 2012. Ruud Franssen wrote the best thesis for the Master’s programs Strategic Management and International Management and Lotte Diepenmaat for the Master’s program Supply Chain Management. The prizes consisted of a certificate and ¤ 500, -. By awarding the Best Thesis Award, Fujifilm and Menlo inspire students to excel in their field. Read more (in Dutch).
Watch the video here
Dutch elections and formation central topics at Symposium Na de Troonrede
Will the new Dutch government really put its affairs in order, or will we continue to struggle with our national budget? Does holding on to the 3% standard put a brake on the economy, or is it a way to sort things out? And does Europe still have a future in its current form? What do we need to change in order to warrant a sustainable future? Those are the central questions that will be discussed on September 18, during the symposium Na de Troonrede at Tilburg University.
The speakers panel consists of the Tilburg University Professors Sylvester Eijffinger and Harrie Verbon, Robeco ceo Roderick Munsters and former Rabobank chairman Herman Wijffels. The symposium is will take place in the auditorium and start at 14:00 hours. It is held in Dutch.
Tilburg in top 50 QS World Ranking Economics and Econometrics
Tilburg Univerity scores well on the subject Social Sciences and Management in the QS World Ranking, which was published earlier this week. In the overall ranking Tilburg is placed between 401-450. In several sub rankings in the field of Social Sciences & Management Tilburg is placed in the top 100. In the sub ranking Economics and Econometrics Tilburg is even placed number 45 in the world. This translates to number 11 in Europe, number 5 in continental Europe and number 1 in the Netherlands. In the sub rankings Accounting & Finance, Sociology and Statistics and Operational Research Tilburg is placed number 67, 76 and 91 respectively.
First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings were conceived to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world’s leading universities. They are based on data covering four areas of concern for students: research, employability, teaching and internationalization.
Arthur van Soest installed as member KNAW
Arthur van Soest, Professor of Econometrics at Tilburg University, is now officially a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Last Monday, he was installed as member in the Trippenhuis of the KNAW in Amsterdam, together with the thirteen other newly appointed members.
Read more on his appointment in the press release (in Dutch)
Three nominees for Fujifilm Best Thesis Award 2012
Today, the jury of the Fujifilm Best Thesis Award for the best Master’s thesis of the Master’s programs in Strategic Management and International Management announced the three nominees. The winner receives the Fujifilm Best Thesis Award 2012 on Monday 17 September.
The nominees and their research topics are (in alphabetical order):
- Ellen Gruiters, her thesis is about diversity in teams
- Ruud Franssen, he did research on how franchise organizations can influence the desired behaviour of franchisees
- Sylvano Aboikoni, his thesis is about acquisitions by European companies in BRIC countries
Also see Fujifilm's press release (in Dutch)
Sustainable Decoration for Kees Koedijk
Kees Koedijk, Dean and Professor of Financial Management at Tilburg University, has been awarded the Sustainable Decoration (Duurzaam Lintje) for his efforts in the field of sustainability. Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies presented the Sustainable Decoration today in The Hague, during Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday). Hilde Baert, Managing Director of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, received the Sustainable Decoration on behalf of Kees Koedijk, who could not be present himself due to obligations abroad. At the moment, Koedijk is in Beijing for a presentation and for setting up a collaboration with Tsinghua University in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). The Sustainable Decoration is the only sustainable decoration in the Netherlands and unique in the world. It has been initiated by Duurzame Dinsdag in 2008 and is presented to people who have contributed exceptionally to a sustainable society. According to the jury, Kees Koedijk has contributed exceptionally to sustainability within the academic world, in the field of finance. The jury commended Kees Koedijk for his “long track record with two connecting threads: sustainability and societal relevance”.
Read the full jury report (in Dutch)
Kees Koedijk new Dean TiasNimbas Business School
As from September 1, Kees Koedijk, Dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM), will succeed Ramon O'Callaghan as Dean & Director of TiasNimbas Business School. Professors Dirk Brounen and Philip Joos join the Executive Team of TiasNimbas Business School as Vice Deans.
Until further notice, Koedijk will combine his deanship at TiasNimbas Business School with his current deanship. Kees Koedijk started as Dean of TiSEM on September 1, 2007.
He is also Professor of Financial Management, specializing in financial economics and financial institutions. His research focuses on Macro and International Finance, Portfolio Management and Socially Responsible Investment. Sustainability is one of his key interests. Professor Koedijk has held several visiting positions in academic and financial institutions abroad.
Read more in the press release of TiasNimbas Business School.