Word of the Dean
The School has for long considered internationalisation as a key ingredient of its strategic positioning. Three broad pillars form the internationalisation policy of the school: international stakeholders, international reach, and international recognition.
International stakeholders relates to the country of origin of our students, administrative staff and professors. Our objective is to increase the internationalisation rate of these stakeholders, which is already relatively high when compared to global standards. More than 20% of our students are from abroad, but this ration is much higher for the MBAs, the Ph.D. programs and the Master in Microfinance, where at least 60% of the students originate from abroad. 35% of the faculty and 50% of our administrative staff are from abroad as well. Having international and multicultural stakeholders is a necessary condition for an institution that aims at international quality standards.
International recognition is our second pillar, which consists in securing quality standard accreditations (EQUIS and AMBA have been granted for many years, and the School has started the AACSB accreditation process, in order to fit North American quality standards as well). Recognition and visibility are also achieved through rankings. Here the School focuses primarily on Financial Times rankings.
International reach is our third pillar, and the most intense in terms of strategic positioning and operations. All our Master of Science students in Business and Management must have an international exchange experience of at least one semester. This is why we sent about 350 students abroad each year and welcome nearly 300, from all over the world. The SBS-EM has nearly 120 partners across the globe, of which 40% are accredited, and nearly 50% are based in non-European countries. Nowadays, students can even spend one year abroad, either through the QTEM network –created by the School- or through our recently created Double Degree Diplomas. The international exchange possibilities can be summarized as follows:
- 120 partners, worldwide, of which 40% outside Europe, 40% accredited
- A double degree at Master level with Beihang University (China)
- A double degree at Master level with Université de Strasbourg, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (France)
- Two double degrees being under negotiation
- QTEM network certificate, which consist in two exchanges or one exchange and one long term internship
The International Relations Office is particularly efficient in welcoming hundreds of students each year and sending abroad our students. tamara [dot] schuller [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be (Tamara Schuller) heads the Office and is in charge of our outgoing students for international exchange and for the double degrees, as well as of our intensive tailor-made seminars. anne [dot] georges [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be (Anne Georges) welcomes all our incoming students, for regular exchanges and double degrees.
Welcome again! And enjoy your learning experience with us.
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Prof. Bruno van Pottelsberghe
Dean of Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management