Wim Naudé

MsM 60 years!

09 July 2012

Those of you who have been to MsM’s campus in Maastricht may have spotted this old and modest picture hanging on the wall in one of the corridors:

It is a picture of the Research Instituut Voor Bedrijfswetenschappen (RVB), one of the first management schools in the Netherlands. It was established at the Technical University of Delft in 1952. Humble but propitious beginnings: the year 1952 was important in the development of inter-continental flight – today MsM lecturers and students fly millions of kilometers annually for management education and research.

The RVB moved to Maastricht in 1989. The new campus was officially opened by H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands in 1990. Coming to Maastricht was a decisive move: in 1991 it offered its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree abroad, and in 1993 changed its name to the Maastricht School of Management.

Between 1991 and 1993 an important event took place in Maastricht: The Treaty of Maastricht was concluded, creating the European Union, and leading to that now-beleaguered currency, the Euro (by the way, we organized a seminar earlier this year on the future of the Euro…).

Maastricht is a fantastic place for an international business school to be located. With a 20-century history the city has always somehow played a role in major events of its time. The site where MsM is located today was close to where an iron-age steelworks existed 3,000 years ago (Without saying MsM is happy to continue the commercial focus of the area).

From the first international MBA programs abroad, MsM’s international profile grew extremely rapidly during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1995 a doctoral program was introduced that had by now developed into the largest such programs in the world, with more than 200 students. Today, there are almost 2,000 students in MsM’s MBA and other programs, the vast majority in developing countries and emerging economies– across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 2011 Eduniversal ranked MsM in the first position in the Top Business Schools, 4 palmes category, not only in the Netherlands but worldwide.

Thus, while MsM is located in the Netherlands, and contributes to the country’s economy by sharing its expertise with government and business, and by bringing and networking hundreds of management students and entrepreneurs from the four corners of the world to Maastricht, it also contributes to global development. In particular, it is devoted to the development of management education and entrepreneurship in developing countries. This makes MsM unique – a diamond amongst business schools. As the world grapples with recession in Europe, rising unemployment in the USA and other Western countries, rising food prices and food and nutritional insecurity, rising migration and urbanization, the threats of climate change, intolerance and xenophobia, the emphasis on sustainability, sharing, and success that marks MsM’s approach will become more and more important.

I therefore wish to thank, in this anniversary year, everybody who contributes towards making MsM great, in particular its Students, Board, valued Faculty and Staff, and partner institutions. Thank you to all our friends, supporters and followers for celebrating with us our 60th.

In the spirit of a birthday party, let me conclude on a lighter note and introduce another picture. Who recognizes the statue in this picture?

This is the statue of D‘Artagnan near the centre of Maastricht – yes the very same D’Artagnan that was immortalized in Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers. Sadly, he died in Maastricht in 1673, but not before impressing with his leadership and management skills, and inspiring subsequent literature. Whether he coined the phrase “all for one, and one for all”, does not matter- the spirit of solidarity it signifies will continue to cement the global MsM-family in this year of celebration. This is my wish!

Prof. Dr. Wim A. Naudé, Acting Dean-Director

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03-20-2014 | 00:18 |
Congratulation. you have rich experiences and exposures. I am happy if supervised by a person like you and share your experiece. I like football very much too. Thank you

Prof. Wim A. Naudé, PhD

Dean Director
Director Research, Professor of Development Economics and Entrepreneurship


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