MAASTRICHT. The technical universities of Twente and Eindhoven have raised concerns about the study programmes at the BISS institute Business Intelligence and Smart Services (BISS) institute in Heerlen. The institute, established by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and partners, will focus on transforming big data into services. The technical universities, which also teach courses on big data, questioned the desirability of the BISS programme. In response, the UM board has explained that the education (UM, OU, Zuyd) is not about the technical aspects of big data, but about the managerial side and service design.
“Eindhoven and Twente understood and were reassured”, said Huub Meijers, associate dean of education, in the Faculty Council last Tuesday. “However, they can still object – you never know.” The Higher Education Efficiency Committee (CDHO) will decide on the desirability of the BISS programme in December. If it does not find support, the government may decide to withhold funding.