Artikelen van Tom van Veen

I haven’t travelled so much lately. Unfortunately, my Australia trip was cancelled because of the volcano. And since quite a few of my counterparts are attending various conferences all over the world, we have not received many visitors in April and May. I was only travelling to Brussels to attend a 2-day conference about the future of European integration. The conference was organized in the buil...

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“Jaoaoaoao” . This is Afrikaans for Yes and it sounds very nice and friendly. Last week, when I visited the partner week in Stellenbosch, South-Africa, this “jaoaoaoao” was amongst the most used words. Therefore it is still in my mind. It was my second visit to Stellenbosch. My first visit was in 2007 and I was wondering whether anything has changed in this rapidly re-developing and very complicat...

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On Sunday February 21st, the year of the Tiger has started. It was a coincidence that the start of the New Year or the Spring Festival as the Chinese call it, coincided with our Carnival Sunday. Because of this, we celebrated this big event already on Thursday, Feb 18th in our home restaurant, Yong Kee in the Bosschstraat. “We” is a number of Chinese and non-Chinese staff members and lots of Chine...

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“I would like to see a sports game like basketball or so” was my answer to the question of my Clemson host. He had made a nice program for us, but on Saturday evening January 23rd , there was a blank spot. Thus the question came what to do on Saturday evening? When I mailed this answer I did not know that THE big basketball event was due on this Saturday evening when the Clemson Tigers had to pla...

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Last week I was in Leipzig where I attended the residential week of our Euro MBA program. I decided to use the train to go to Leipzig. The trip was quite convenient: jump on the bus in Gulpen (where I live) to Aachen and then on the train to Frankfurt. In Frankfurt change train and take the one to Dresden and get off the train in Leipzig. All in all it takes about 5 hours. The trains offer a lot o...

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I had expected an empty airport when I arrived at Tbilisi at 4 AM, but on the contrary, it was rush hour. Most planes arrive and depart quite early in the morning for some reason. Fortunately the driver that Tbilisi State University (TSU) had arranged was waiting for me. And to my surprise, it appeared that my neighbor in the plane joined me in the car: he was a professor in Law of the University ...

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Can an exchange in Liege count as an international experience? When in the late 1980s, the then Faculty of Economics started its internationalization strategy quite some people were very skeptical. Because students could go on exchange to Liege and Aachen, the exchange program was questioned. Some even labeled our exchange program as “internationalization in the backyard” and questioned wheth...

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The dean of the School of Economics started her presentation in Georgian, her native language. I could not understand one word and I was looking around for help. Fortunately there was a translator and the sheets were in English, so we could more or less follow her talk. The dean was part of a large delegation of Tbilisi State University from Georgia that visited UM two weeks ago. The rector and de...

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On average, the Chinese cities that we visit have 10+ million inhabitants. They all live, eat, work and have parties on relative small areas. Imagine what this means. In the morning a few million people commute in Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai to their work. This means that in China a traffic jam is lots of traffic and even more jam. In the CBD parts of Beijing and in Shanghai 2x5 =10 lane...

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“Hi professor, I am working as an intern at Goldman Sachs and I want to become an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. In June I will graduate and receive my bachelor degree. I want to study abroad for my master but I also have a job offer from Goldman Sachs. What must I do? Can you give me an advice?” This was one of the questions that I discussed at the Education Expo China 2009 which was held in...

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Tom van Veen

Tom van Veen

Tom van Veen (1953, PhD, associate professor in General Economics) was, together with professor Wil Albeda – former minister of Social Affairs – one of the founding fathers of the Maastricht Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, which welcomed its first hundred students in 1984. He loves to travel and in his role as vice dean of International Relations of the faculty and chairman of the UM's China team, he travels the world. He has a weakness for Australia, the country where he has spent a number of sabbaticals, together with his wife and three children. He is also part-time full professor in Economics at Nyenrode Business University, School of Accountancy and Controlling.