News@Nyenrode | March 2016 EN

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March 2016
Dear Mr./Mrs.,
Quite possibly all administrations have a difficult relationship with rankings and accreditations. It’s no different for me. I do certainly look at them, but at the same time I try to ignore them and to not constantly apply the policy to the odd figures published here and there. That’s because accreditations are time-snapshots, and rankings depict a position on a scale which is not always relevant to a university.

A good example is the Financial Times ranking and our Modular Executive MBA. This MBA has been exceptionally successful, but will never contribute to the FT ranking, because the students don’t graduate in cohorts. Only programs where a class begins and also ends the program together, are included in the FT’s evaluation of the university. Naturally, I think that’s a pity, but we’re certainly not going to end our program because of it.

There’s also an enormous volume of rankings for Business Schools. It’s almost not possible to gain an overview. Sometimes we are even complimented with a really good position in a ranking in which we didn’t participate. But even with the well-known rankings there’s the possibility of a rise or fall, because the rules for a ranking have changed, so that even a trend over many years no longer means much. In short, we look at them, and we study them, but we don’t let them influence us through either rises or falls. It’s all about long-term results. No-one can avoid noticing that in long-term results, the Best Masters in Management, Controlling and Accountancy programs are achieved at Nyenrode. The Dutch educational guide Keuzegids Masters 2016 is unequivocal about that.

As usual this newsletter features a range of divergent topics. I can’t list them all, but I do want to emphasize two of them. The appointment of Nick van Dam is particularly significant, because it concerns learning in the broadest sense of the word. This is an unbelievably important theme for a university which focuses so firmly on excellent education. We are extremely pleased that he will strengthen Nyenrode as a professor.

The second topic I would like to highlight is a unique concert to be staged by leading musicians on Good Friday evening in the Koetshuis. It’s absolutely worth attending, and hopefully we will see each other that evening.

Miša Džoljić
Rector Magnificus
Best Masters
Dutch higher-education consumer guide Keuzegids Masters 2016 was published on March 2 by the Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie (C.H.O.I.). Just as in past years, Nyenrode’s full-time and part-time Master in Management program was adjudged to be the best in the Netherlands. This also applies to our Masters in Controlling and Accountancy. The Executive Master of Finance & Control has also been judged positively again, scoring an 8.0. Nyenrode’s Master in Fiscal Law, launched in 2014, is already the best part-time program in its field.
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Nick van Dam
Dr. Nick van Dam has been appointed Professor of Corporate Learning and Development at Nyenrode from February 1. He worked with Els van der Helm of McKinsey to research the influence of sleep on leadership behavior. Articles about this appeared in February in leading international media like the Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly and the Wall Street Journal.
Tourism innovation

Travel sector organization the ANVR has committed to Nyenrode Business Universiteit for five years with the new chair, ‘Innovation in Tourism’. The chair’s research will be conducted from the Center Marketing & Supply Chain Management. The study’s first area of attention is marketing, but the chair will certainly not restrict itself to this.

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Corporate Governance Code
Commissioned by the Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance Code, this year Nyenrode Business Universiteit has conducted the compliance survey among exchange-listed companies once more. As occurred last year, the results show high compliance with the Code, varying from  97.15% among local funds to 100% among AEX-listed funds.
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Purpose of the Corporation
A closed round-table conference was held at Nyenrode on Monday February 15, entitled ‘The Purpose of the Corporation’. The Dutch round-table was organized by the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute in cooperation with the international ‘purpose-driven’ legal practice, Frank Bold, which organizes similar round-tables in other world cities. The eventual findings will be presented to the European Commission.
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Elective Effective Chairman
In both the New Board Program and the ‘Nyenrode Commissarissen Cyclus’ (supervisory board cycle), Nyenrode devotes extra attention to the role of the chairman (the chairman of the board of directors/executive board, or supervisory board). This has considerable significance for enabling both boards to function well. The elective is a supplementary program, and is intended for the chairmen of such boards, and for those nominated or being considered for chairmanship.
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Mensa refurbished
In February catering partner Vermaat opened the doors of the refurbished Mensa, where Nyenrode students, staff and visitors can lunch or dine together. The Mensa now has a more modern aura, space which can be utilized flexibly, and improved acoustics and climate control.
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New Nyenrode Fund director
Tanja Beerens-Visser has started as Director of Nyenrode Fund (Stichting Nyenrode Fonds) with effect from March 1. SNF assists alumni in supporting students who would otherwise not have the financial resources to be able to study at Nyenrode. SNF also raises funds for investment in the university and its estate.
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MBA International Case Competition
Nyenrode was represented by Remi Bode, Lisanne Fijnheer, Jasper Kroon and Alexandros Visser at the 35th John Molson MBA International Case Competition, organized by students from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada). They won the first two rounds, and with two losses and a draw they nearly made it to the semi-finals.
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BSc in BA Open Day
February 13 saw the third of a series of Open Days by the BSc in Business Administration, to be launched on the Nyenrode campus in August. Attendance was again good, and a number of international students came to Nyenrode in search of more information about the program. There’s also considerable eagerness for the next Open Day, planned for April 9.
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Life as a Nyenrodian
In the online ‘Life as a Nyenrodian’ blogs on Nyenrode’s Newsroom, full-time MSc in Management students and International MBA participants share their Nyenrode experiences. They write about topics like living on campus, studying at our university and everyday Dutch life (food, traveling, healthcare etc.).
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No. 1 on
‘Word een held’, (the ‘Be a hero’ title is a pun on the Dutch word for hero), by Bas Kodden, Associate Professor in Leadership & Management at Nyenrode, topped the list of the bestsellers on the website in February. The book uses practically-applicable management theories and personal experiences to offer a step-by-step plan to becoming a HELD (an acronym which translates roughly from Dutch as a highly-energetic lead-coordination do-er).

Influential on LinkedIn
Nyenrode features in LinkedIn’s top 50 of the most influential educational brands, at position 26. In particular the score shows the extent to which the contents of the articles and messages in Nyenrode’s Newsroom are shared and valued through LinkedIn.
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Digital Transformation
Participants in the first IT Direction Management course from Nyenrode and InterExcellent have harnessed their own approaches to tackle the current problems engaging IT managers. The conclusions from their papers have been collated in the book, ‘IT Regie en Digitale Transformatie’ (IT direction and digital transformation), edited by Prof. Dr. Lineke Sneller RC. The book was presented on February 18. 
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International Advisory Board
The first meeting of the Nyenrode International Advisory Board was held at Nyenrode Castle on February 3. On its agenda were Nyenrode’s internationalization strategy and its international product portfolio. The International Advisory Board was established in 2015, and is the successor to Nyenrode’s India and China boards.
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Jan Bots new Associate Dean
Prof. Dr. Jan Bots, Professor of Controlling, has been appointed new Associate Dean Degree Program from February 1. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Désirée van Gorp, who intends to focus more on her International Business teaching and research work.
Ivo De Loo new Research Director
Prof. Dr. Ivo De Loo, Professor of Management Accounting and Control and Program Director of Nyenrode’s PhD program, has been appointed Research Director. He takes over the post from Prof. Dr. Roland Speklé from March 1.
Classical Easter concert
On Friday March 25 from 8.15 p.m. Nyenrode’s Koetshuis will be the venue for the Easter concert, The Pocket Passions, by the Dudok Quartet. The Pocket Passions airs works by four different composers from four different style periods, who refer in their compositions to the period around Easter.
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