The University of Antwerp’s ‘Applied Economics: Business Economics’ programme has this year been included in the Financial Times’ Masters in Management Ranking for the first time. Coming in in 89 th place, UAntwerp is the only Flemish university to secure a place on the prestigious list. And of the 100 Master programmes selected, the UAntwerp programme came out on top in terms of value for money. Nowhere else in the world do you get as much for your tuition fees as in Antwerp.
‘Business Economics’ leads to successful careers
The field of business economics is very popular among international students wishing to take academic management courses in Europe's economic centres. Belgian students looking to start their professional careers with some extra language skills can also opt to take the Master programme in English. “In recent years, we have found that graduates of the Business Economics programme have very nice careers ahead of them. Companies are often looking for exactly that type of graduate. The Financial Times’ ranking proves that this field of study has really earned its place on the map,” says the faculty’s dean Rudy Martens.
The Financial Times based its ranking on the opinions of alumni. Hungarian Mirella Lancz took the accredited Master programme two years ago in Antwerp: “I remember the topical course content and practical exercises very well. They enabled the teachers to force us to think critically about their fields of study. I was soon offered a permanent contract at the international transport company where I did an internship. The nice environment in the city is also an extra advantage for international students, thanks to the broad mix of languages and cultures there.”
Most internationally accredited Flemish economics faculty
A few weeks ago, the University of Antwerp’s faculty for management and economics studies was also included in the Eduniversal list of the 50 ‘Best Master Programmes in Economics’ in Western Europe. Several of the faculty’s programmes have also been accredited by NVAO, AACSB and EFMD EPAS. This means that the Faculty of Applied Economics at UAntwerp has received more international accreditations than any other economics faculty in Flanders. “We are proud that we’ve received this recognition, both at home and abroad, for the quality of our programmes,” concludes Koen Vandenbempt, Associate Dean for Internationalisation.