Profile of the Programme
The internationalisation and the increasing complexity of the economic activity require a thorough survey of the different aspects of the economic wheel-work. In a rapidly evolving society it is inevitable that juridical, social-economic, financial and organisational problems are studied on the academic level. Considering the extent of the domain that is to be covered, a clear choice must be made.
The faculty of Economics and Business Administration tries to provide future economists with a wide, scientifically supported general education in which the focus is on analytical and problemsolving thinking.
The curriculum design needs to be elaborated in such a way that, next to knowledge transfer, also the following skills and attitudes are developed :
- critical and problemsolving thinking in a scientific way;
- analysing and synthesising of problems;
- development of new concepts and ideas;
- expression of solutions supported by knowledge requiring insight;
- ability to establish integral relations;
- implementation of the found solutions;
- oral and written communication;
- ability to work in a multidisciplinary team;
- interest and critical attitude in relation to social developments.
The following objectives are set :
- knowledge : a thorough knowledge, requiring insight, of the different economic study areas is indispensable. In this matter, the relevance of the studymatter is the decisive factor. Special attention is conveyed to the integral knowledge. In relation to the former, considerable space is left for specialising through the optional courses in the Master;
- ablity : ability to apply theoretical knowledge and to develop a fan of skills, on different levels : social, linguistic, creative and problemsolving thinking, working and communicating (ability to express oneself) in group, developing of new concepts and ideas. The ability to give an exact presentation of analysis and synthesis -supported by knowledge requiring insight- must be focussed on.
- action : acquisition of an action-driven approach by selfactivity in the learning process. Activity goes further than the use of active teaching systems. The elaboration and presentation of exercises and case-studies and doing a workplacement (to replace an optional course), are just a few examples of the above-mentioned. Knowledge is translated into practice.
In certain courses, applications can be dealt with where the student verifies and reports how something is put into practice.
Although the main stress is put on economic education, also a basic knowledge of the juridical framework, the behavioural environment, applied informatics and languages, is necessary.
The faculty also highly values the integration of the scientific developments into the transfer of knowledge. Economics and Business Economics are closely related to other supporting disciplines : mathematics, statistics, informatics etc. All these items can be found in the curriculum of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Next to a general education and supporting courses, the curriculum is based upon a common first year. In the second Bachelor, the education is divided into economics, business economics and business engineering. The differentiation in the second Bachelor stays limited, so that through a transfer regulation in the third Bachelor, another direction can still be followed.
Business Economics prepares for an active and flexible performance of managerial tasks. The students have to acquire an insight in the different functions that can be distinguished in a company, such as production, logistics, finance, marketing, informatics, control etc.
Future business economists are to be educated to deal with company problems in an integral way.
The faculty of Economics and Business Administration has made a clear choice to provide a wide economic and interdisciplinary education that leads to different options which can be chosen in the Master. The Master of Business Economics: marketing, accountancy and corporate finance.
This polyvalent academic education must prepare young economists for future managerial functions in the private sector as well as in the public or social profit sector. Therefore, the education highly values the economic wheel-work and the analysis of different economic problems. This must allow the economist to formulate alternative solutions and to demonstrate the social repercussion, among other, of the technical aspects of business.