Maastricht University opened its doors in 1976 in response to an initial need for more training programs for medical professionals. During its early years, the new University made two innovative decisions. First, it chose to use Problem-Based Learning as its education methodology. Second, it chose to concentrate on European-focused academic programs such as European law and business. These decisions and a continuing commitment to quality and internationalization give Maastricht University a unique position in the region. Accordingly, the Times Higher Education (THE) assessment ranked Maastricht University 101st in its 2014-2015 worldwide university analysis. Additionally, the university ranks 6th in THE’s list of best universities under the age of 50. Currently, Maastricht University has 15,000 students, of which 4,500 study at the School of Business and Economics (SBE).
Founded in 1983, the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs as well as Executive Master’s courses, almost entirely in English. SBE has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, resulting in what is known as Triple Crown accreditation, which only 1% of business schools obtain worldwide. The school’s International Business program is consistently among the top ranked programmes in the Netherlands by both the Dutch magazine Elsevier and the Dutch study guide “Keuzegids”.