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Best MSc Economic Development and Globalization in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018

Do you want to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by globalisation for economic development of countries? Then this programme is for you.

Increasing international trade and finance is opening up new opportunities for the growth of firms, regions and countries. At the same time, it is posing new challenges as the benefits are not equally distributed and inequality is rising. In the one-year Master's degree in Economic Development and Globalization, you will learn the tools to grasp the complex relationships between globalization and the economic development of regions and countries.

You will use state-of-the-art economic theories to discover the impact of global trade and of financial globalisation on economic growth and welfare. As you develop your skills, you will learn to recognise the forces that shape geographical patterns of economic activity. You will learn to advise firms and governments on how to reap the benefits of globalisation and international value chains.

For those seeking to augment the one-year programme in Groningen, there are four possibilities to follow a Double Degree: with Fudan University (Shanghai), the University of Göttingen (Germany), Lund University (Sweden) and Corvinus University (Budapest).

The MSc Economic Development and Globalization was previously offered under the name MSc International Economics and Business.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

Why study this programme in Groningen? In the programme you learn how globalisation is changing our world. What is the role of internationally operating organisations, institutions and policies in economic advancement and in bridging the global development gap? The programme was announced as best MSc Economic Development and Globalization in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018. International Economics and Business is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

After your studies

After completing this programme you are a broadly-oriented economist with a strong international profile. You are ready for an international career at multinational firms, in financial institutions, consultancy and public organisations. Jobs as market analyst, trade expert, global strategy and policy advisor will suit you well. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Graduates of the MSc IE&B will be able to take up positions in internationally oriented firms (such as banks and multinationals), international organisations (such as World Bank, IMF, European Union, UN and OECD) and internationally oriented departments of government agencies and policy advisers. The programme is focused on developing the kind of skills and abilities needed by those who work as professional economists and economic advisers.

The MSc IE&B offers a consistent international setting both in terms of content and orientation at high level. Graduates are selected to participate in high level research activities of international organisations (such as the OECD in Paris, Conference Board in New York, and the ILO in Geneva) and national organisations (such as the Dutch Central Bank and The Netherlands' Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis).Our academic staff have strong relationships with international research and consultancy institutes as well as policy advice centres.

FEB Career Services 

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.


Visit the Economic Development and Globalization MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

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