Interview student Mike Voets

Mike Voets
  • Name: Mike Voets             
  • Date of birth: 23-05-1991    
  • Nationality: Dutch    
  • Program: International Business Tax Economics

“What I think is special about the program is that almost all professors and teachers in the Master’s program are working part-time at Tilburg University. They combine their teaching job with working in business or in government. Next to doing academic research, they have real knowledge about working in the fiscal industry and they are really willing to share their experiences with you. Another advantage is that the case studies used are real-life examples teachers and professors encountered during their work in business or government.”


  Mike Voets' answers to the following questions:


What is your educational background?

After I finished my VWO in June 2009, I started in the Bachelor of Economics program at Tilburg University. This Bachelor gave me profound knowledge in economic theories and a broad understanding of how economies worldwide actually work and how they have developed.

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What was the reason to choose for the International Business Tax Economics program?

During my Bachelor in Economics, I gained knowledge about economic theories but their applicability was sometimes hard to imagine.

This Master’s program gave me practical and applicable knowledge in the field of international taxation.

Besides, I chose this Master because I wanted to learn something totally different. Before I started this Master’s program, I had no knowledge at all of international taxation. Now I am finishing my Master’s program, I can honestly say that I have learned a lot in this year.

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What is special about the program?

Teachers combine their teaching job with working in business or in government.

Almost all professors and teachers in the Master’s program are working part-time at Tilburg University.

Next to doing academic research, they have real knowledge about working in the fiscal industry and they are really willing to share their experiences with you. Another advantage is that the case studies used are real-life examples teachers and professors encountered during their work in business or government.

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What do you think about the Tilburg University campus and facilities?

  • The campus is a beautiful place with lots of greenery, which gives the campus a calm and relaxing character.

  • Further, the facilities on campus are quite good. There are plenty of workspaces in the library. However, during exam periods you really need to reserve a place because otherwise the library will be full with studying students and you will not be able to find a place to study.

  • There are also different places where you can eat; there is a different restaurant (Italian, Asian, Dutch) in almost every building.

  • If you like to work out, the gym is located near the campus so you could even decide to exercise in the gym between classes.

  • During my third year at Tilburg University, I was on the board of the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) and organized the introduction week for all first-year students in Tilburg.
    This was an interesting and challenging year in which I learned a lot. Therefore, if you decide to start studying in Tilburg, I recommend to participate in this introduction week. You will get to know everything about Tilburg, the campus and the relevant facilities.
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What are your experiences with the program and Tilburg University so far?

My experiences with the Master’s program so far are positive. I have learned a lot of new things during this year and gained understanding of how international taxation really works nowadays.

Further, the insights in the current discussions around international taxation issues were very interesting. Tilburg University has provided the right facilities and guidance when needed during the years I studied here.

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What do you think of Tilburg city?

I have lived years in Tilburg for five years and made a lot of good memories during those years.

Tilburg is not a very large city like Amsterdam but this is only an advantage because you will feel at home immediately.

Another advantage of the small city center is that everything is nearby and reachable within a few minutes. There are a large number of bars in Tilburg so you can grab a drink and party together with other students almost every night.

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What are your career aspirations?

At the moment, I am writing my Master’s thesis and also trying to decide where I would want to work after finishing my program. It is not easy to make a decision, especially because I am interested in many things.

However, I know that I am searching for a job which could really challenge me and where I have great opportunities to develop myself further and to learn-on-the-job. 

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