Economics and Business Economics

Rankings & recognition

  • Economics & Business Economics is 3rd in the national Keuzegids ranking

    The bachelor's programme in Economics and Business Economics is ranked 3rd in the Economics and Business category of the 2019 Keuzegids.

    Here's how we scored in the areas that were evaluated:

    Above national avgerage National average Below national average
    Programme (+) Survival 1st year  
    Skills development (+) Examination  
    Studyability (+) Instructors  
    Facilities (+) Academic training  
    Facilities (+) Guidance  
    Expert evaluation (+)    
    Examination (+)    

    The Keuzegids Universiteiten offers rankings of all bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands. These rankings are based on the results from the Dutch National Student Survey, combined with expert evaluations. The Keuzegids Universiteiten is published annually by the Dutch Higher Education Information Centre. It is an independent publication that allows you to compare all accredited bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands.

    Learn more by visiting the Keuzegids website (in Dutch)   

  • Triple Crown accreditation - School of Business and Economics

    Triple Crown Accreditation School of Business and Economics Maastricht University

    Only 1% of business schools worldwide have been honoured with the ‘Triple Crown’ of accreditations. The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics is one of them. The accreditations are awarded by the American AACSB, the British AMBA and the European-wide EQUIS. Have a look at what the international accreditation boards had to say about us:

    “Problem-based learning (PBL) is a major strength of the school and is highly appreciated by all stakeholders.”- AACSB (USA)*

    Innovative teaching: : “PBL is very effective for giving their students the skills needed to function effectively in their professional life. Students, alumni as well as employers emphasized that PBL is one of the major strengths of the school in its educational programs.”*

    Focus on Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability: “A strong strategy regarding ethics, responsibility and sustainability, and a real strength of Faculty on such matters, both in terms of focal areas in teaching and research and in terms of diversity and inclusion in faculty management systems.” **

    *These quotes are from the latest AASCB report from February 2022. ** EQUIS report from 2021

  • UM is the 10th best Young University in the world

    The Young University Rankings 2020

    Maastricht University takes 10th place in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) 'Young Universities' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM scores impressively high on the diverse level of its student body and its international outlook.

    In the 2021 QS 'Top 50 Under 50' (best universities in the world under 50 years old), UM rose from 23rd to 19th place.

     Go to the 2024 THE 'Young Universities Ranking'  
     Go to the 2021 QS 'Top 50 under 50'  

  • Financial Times lauded SBE in best practice examples of sustainability, ethics and social purpose in teaching and education methods

    Financial Times best practices SBE social purpose

    Our School of Business and Economics has been lauded among the best in the world when it comes to sustainability, ethics and social purpose, by business news outlet the Financial Times.

    In a bid to showcase best practices in business schools across the globe, the Financial Times has published a list of universities, promoting the projects run by the universities that are making a significant social impact. Our best practices in teaching and research made it into the top answers, validating our dedication to contribute to a better world by addressing societal problems, by co-creating knowledge and developing team players and leaders for the future.

  • Our students rated the School of Business and Economics among the top 46 leading Positive Impact Schools

    SBE UM PIR 2021

    Our students rated the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics as a Level 3 Progressing School in the Positive Impact Rating 2023. A Level 3 business school is acknowledged as having a positive impact culture, embedded in governance and systems, with visible results progress in many impact dimensions. 

    For the Positive Impact Rating (PIR) students from around the world assessed their business schools on how they perceive their positive impact in the world. With this rating, PIR aims to measure how business schools contribute to solving societal challenges. The School of Business and Economics will use this rating as a tool to help us continue to increase our positive impact and become a pioneering force for change!