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Message from the Dean

A lot has changed since the founding of our school in 2008, which was precisely the day Lehman Brothers fell and what began as the “Financial Crisis” of 2008. Leveraging new thinking in financial education and research to rebuild a more sustainable, ethical financial industry is at the forefront of the world’s financial institutions – and indeed what we’re focused on here at Duisenberg school of finance.

We are committed to providing excellent financial education to the next generation of financial leaders, and research that creates profound insights and genuine impact to the business community. Our programmes integrate theory and practice, as valued by Wim Duisenberg, and encourage critical thinking and continuous reflection on the dynamic financial landscape.

The financial crisis has had a visibly large impact on the financial sector and challenges us to question and explore some of the traditional foundations of finance. The Duisenberg school of finance programmes explore lessons learned by recognising how the financial crisis has revealed limits in traditional valuation and risk controls, as well as how financial behaviour is affected by cognitive biases, opportunistic incentives and regulatory arbitrage. Duisenberg school of finance will instil students with a more comprehensive and rigorous understanding of finance than in traditional Master’s courses.

Our faculty is comprised of distinguished international top researchers with specialisations in areas, such as financial markets, risk management, asset pricing, entrepreneurial finance, financial regulation and corporate governance. Duisenberg school of finance’s impressive faculty will produce financial leaders who fully grasp the fundamentals of finance, but moreover, who possess candour and an analytical, yet innovative approach to finance. With such preparation, Duisenberg school of finance graduates to be confident in finding attractive employment opportunities.

Given its prevailing intellectual and cultural curiosity, the Netherlands, and especially the city of Amsterdam, have become more than a centre for international business. It is also a natural hub for vibrant international intellectual exchange, providing an ideal environment for study at Duisenberg school of finance. Amsterdam’s international orientation is a key feature of Duisenberg school of finance. Students will significantly benefit from the diverse perspectives of faculty and peers alike.

I invite you to explore why industry turns to Duisenberg school of finance to develop tomorrow’s finest leaders in finance.

Dean Duisenberg school of finance

Dean Duisenberg school of finance

Dirk Schoenmaker
Dean Duisenberg school of finance