Amsterdam Business School

Introduction
EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited

The business school of the University of Amsterdam / One of Europe's major comprehensive universities / Truly international in research, curriculum, staff and students

  • The business school of the University of Amsterdam
  • One of Europe's major comprehensive universities
  • Truly international in research, curriculum, staff and students
  • 3000 students, 130 faculty of which 46% non-Dutch with 28 different nationalities
  • Rooted in the financial and business capital of the Netherlands
  • Promoting excellence and leadership in all business areas
  • Research fully integrated into the study programmes
  • Small-scale interactive seminars, linking theory to practice
  • Taught by renowned academics and practitioners

UvA Economics and Business’ Amsterdam Business School (ABS) has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This means UvA Economics and Business has officially acquired triple crown status.

Previously, UvA Economics and Business achieved a mark of quality from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EQUIS. With the addition of AMBA, UvA Economics and Business becomes part of a select group with a so-called Triple Crown. Worldwide, only 1% (about 76) of all business schools/faculties with business programmes (approximately 14,000) have managed to achieve this prestigious status.

Prof. Han van Dissel, dean of UvA Economics and Business, is extremely pleased with the result. ‘The triple accreditation is literally and figuratively a crowning achievement for our work. It attests to the quality of both our research and teaching.’

Mission and vision

Mission

The mission of ABS is to offer an inspiring international learning community to study business and management, where both staff and students can develop their capacities to optimum effect.

We aim to foster independent minds with an impact on international business and society at large by conducting high-quality academic research on innovative and socially relevant themes, and by offering research-based teaching that meets the highest international standards. We are committed to advancing the understanding of business and its role in society, and to leveraging synergies between our School and its institutional and corporate environment.

In line with this mission, the key stakeholders of ABS are:

  • students, in offering inspiring learning opportunities to develop their talents
  • academic staff, in offering inspiring conditions for their professional development
  • the university, in contributing to its mission, positioning, and objectives
  • the international scientific community, in contributing to the advancement of theory in the various business and management related disciplines
  • the business world, in offering excellent graduates in a range of fields, in training employees and executives, and in undertaking (joint) applied research and disseminating research findings
  • society at large, in contributing to the understanding of societal problems and their possible solutions, and in preparing students to become internationally oriented professionals and responsible world citizens.

Vision

Our vision of the future is to build ABS into a business school with a reputation that matches the reputation of its parent institution, the University of Amsterdam.

This means that our long-term objective is to become a leading European business school known for critical thinking and social responsibility. We envision ABS as an institution that produces outstanding research that has a direct impact on our educational activities and our engagement with the business world.

More specifically, we want to build ABS into an institution that:

  • attracts highly-qualified faculty who develop innovative knowledge that is highly relevant to the business world and society at large, and who disseminate this knowledge through publications in top-tier scientific and professional journals and through corporate engagement
  • attracts highly-talented students and provides them with an intercultural learning environment that offers research-based expertise in the various degree programmes and executive education, and helps them develop their professional skills by cooperating closely with corporate partners.

Values

The core values on which we build towards realising this vision are excellence, independent thinking, social engagement and entrepreneurship:

  • Excellence is one of our core values. Only faculty who publish consistently in reputable international journals is granted tenure, provided that they also satisfy our quality requirements in teaching, academic leadership and links to practice. Similar research performance is expected from already tenured full-time faculty. However, excellence is not limited to the research activities of our academic staff. We also want to be known for excellent teaching, outstanding students and flawless operations.
  • Critical thinking is deeply rooted in the culture of our university. We believe that the ability to think independently is a key success factor in business, and more generally in life. To stimulate independent thinking, our education philosophy is ‘research-based teaching’: we link teaching to research and ask students to carry out research where possible. The approach is strongly evidence-based and students learn to separate facts from opinions. We aim to train our students to become reflective practitioners that combine an open mind with a critical attitude.
  • Social engagement stems from our orientation on key themes relevant for international business and society, and the broad range of stakeholders that ABS has identified. Moreover, much of our research pays explicit attention to the ethical, social, environmental and governance issues faced by business. A general concern for the role of business in society also comes to fore in our teaching approach and the themes discussed in class. A critical approach to the relevance of these topics and their value for companies and their stakeholders, is also taken here.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative attitude is evidenced in the very set-up of a business school in the context of a traditional comprehensive university, and in the way we have pursued its further development over the years. We aim to leverage the broad-based university and contribute to the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of the Amsterdam region in which ABS is based to become even more relevant for our students and corporate connections. Moreover, faculty in different research programmes also publish on topics of innovation and entrepreneurship in main journals and integrate that in their teaching and outreach activities.

Ethics, responsibility, sustainability

The ABS mission and vision explicitly state that we want to foster independent minds that have an impact on international business and society. We take the societal aspect of this mission and vision very seriously through particular attention to ethics, responsibility and sustainability in research, education and outreach activities. ABS has been working on these issues since its inception.

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Programs

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Master

Executive Master in International Finance (MIF)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

Our Master in International Finance (MIF) celebrates 20 years of experience and is therefore your first step towards a career of financial leadership and excellence. This uniquely tailored MIF will help you achieve your professional goals through world-class teaching and personalised learning. From an overseas study trip, to lifelong membership into the MIF alumni network, this Advanced Masters of Science provides all the tools you need to achieve your ambitions. [+]

Our Master in International Finance (MIF) celebrates 20 years of experience and is therefore your first step towards a career of financial leadership and excellence. This uniquely tailored MIF will help you achieve your professional goals through world-class teaching and personalised learning. From an overseas study trip, to lifelong membership into the MIF alumni network, this Advanced Masters of Science provides all the tools you need to achieve your ambitions. Credibility Our MIF is internationally renowned, playing to ABS’s core strengths in corporate finance, banking and asset management; 90% of our students are hired by top 100 firms before graduation. Quality The MIF juggles business relevance with academic excellence, inviting guest input from leading finance academics, policy makers and global figures. Our approach is uniquely personal, from small classes and hands-on workshops, to an international study trip, mentor programmes and lifetime membership of the MIF alumni network. At the forefront of Finance Education Programme Director Dr Jens Martin: "We at the Master of International Finance strive to be at the forefront of education in Finance. We see technological changes are disrupting the finance industry and we research how these changes work, how they affect the finance sector of the future. To equip our students with the necessary tools and understanding to successfully face these disruptions we are expanding our curriculum with FinTech courses”. Diversity We welcome applicants from all over the world; more than 15 countries are represented in our current intake. Combined with a mix of full-time students and... [-]

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Contact

Amsterdam Business School

Address Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website http://abs.uva.nl/
Phone +31 20 525 5250