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Global Management of Social Issues

Understand and manage international societal challenges by combining insights from human resource studies, organization studies, and sociology.

What is Global Management of Social Issues?

  • This program integrates knowledge from three academic fields in the social sciences: human resource studies, organization studies, and sociology, from a cross-cultural and international comparative perspective.

  • Learn to approach complex societal challenges in an international context, such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster.

  • Learn how to run projects and to compose teams of experts that work on the so called ‘wicked problems’ mentioned above.

  • Typical courses are: Introduction to Organization Studies, Human Resource Studies, Sociology, Wicked problems, Project Management, and International Organizations.

What can you do after Global Management of Social Issues?

The fact that you can think beyond the limits of one specialization makes sure that you can be employed in different companies, departments and projects in international environments and organizations.

You could work, as a consultant or human resource manager in an international organization, connecting people in order to create the most competent team to solve complex problems. Or you could work as a fund-raiser and help find a solution for poverty, or help introduce sustainable practices in supply chains.  As a project manager, you can make sure that projects run smoothly and produce the best possible results.

Why study Global Management of Social Issues in Tilburg?

  • Go beyond the limits of one specialization with this extraordinary combination of scientific expertise.

  • Get ready for a multidisciplinary job in international commercial, public or non-profit environments and organizations.

  • Become part of an innovative program in which you will develop analytical thinking skills and which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.

  • Gain international exposure by spending a semester at a partner university abroad or by taking an internship.

  • Immerse yourself in a truly international classroom and explore various interdisciplinary and cross-national perspectives on ‘wicked problems’.

  • Take part in simulation exercises (as a part of a humanitarian emergency response team) or get active with Model United Nations (MUN) to train your leadership, team working and project management skills.

  • Study at a university that offers the infrastructure and all the possibilities of an international research university but is still small scale.

What are 'wicked problems'?

Raquel, student

"I chose the program because it encompassed many of ideas and topics I was passionate about (such as community service, problems that don't have one solution), and its focus on international issues."

Leon, professor

"We prepare you for working in international contexts with professionals from different cultures and backgrounds."

Hoàn, student

"Unlike many broad-based programs (as in other universities), this is a really in-depth one; it not only focuses on Organization Studies or Human Resources Management, but also lets students approach the real 'wicked problems' in many aspects, which is the core activity of a lot of countries and organizations. All will perfectly prepare me for good performances in the future, I believe."

Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

  • Tuition fee for EU/EEA students: € 2,060 per year.
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: € 8,500 per year. One time immigration fees: € 192.

Life in Tilburg is relatively inexpensive compared to other student cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht. The overview below gives an indication for your monthly cost of living (including rent, food and drink, books and insurance), of course depending on your lifestyle.

Financial matters Bachelor's programs Tilburg University

The tuition fees mentioned above are the tuition fees for 2018-2019. Please note that this is an indication, slight differences in the exact tuition fees are possible.

Quality assurance

Global Management of Social Issues is ranked as follows:

  • Times Higher Education Ranking: ranked 68 out of 100 in Social Sciences
  • Shanghai Ranking: 76 - 100 world ranking in Social Sciences
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Apply for Global Management of Social Issues

Before July 1, 2018 (only for EU/EEA students)

View the admission requirements and application procedure for Global Management of Social Issues. The regular deadline is May 1, 2018 but has been extended for EU/EEA students. For non-EU/EEA students who require a visa it is not possible to apply anymore.

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