Euro-Asia Law and Business Studies is a new, one-year master’s degree organised by three Maastricht University faculties: Law, Economics & Business, and Arts & Social Sciences. If the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, the NVAO, gives the programme the go-ahead, it will start in September 2010. In the first year it is expected to attract 12 students, increasing to 22 students in 2014.
According to the information file for the Euro-Asia programme, China and Europe are currently each other’s largest trading partners. The curriculum takes up this notion and trains students in business relations, legal issues and cultural differences between Asia and Europe.
The organisers hope to attract both Western and Asian students – a crucial thing for a degree that identifies intercultural contact as one of its main goals. Western students are expected to take an Asian-language course.
Euro-Asia Law and Business Studies is a privately funded programme. Students will need to pay their own tuition fees to the faculty, and the programme has to be able to cover its own costs. “It has to yield a profit; otherwise we will maybe have to cancel it”, said Aalt Willem Heringa, dean of the Faculty of Law, last Wednesday in the Faculty Council when the programme was discussed.