Duisenberg School of Finance

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Duisenberg school of finance
Logo of Duisenberg School of Finance.png
Motto For leaders in finance
Established September, 2008
Type Private, Public partnership
Dean Dirk Schoenmaker
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Campus Symphony Offices
Website www.dsf.nl

Duisenberg school of finance or DSF is an educational organization that offers MSc education in Finance. Duisenberg school of finance curriculum includes finance and law, corporate financing and banking, financial markets and regulation, and risk management. Duisenberg Risk Management program is ranked as top MSc in Finance program in the Netherlands.[1]

Senior academics from Columbia Law School, London School of Economics, Saïd Business School, Yale University and The University of Cambridge teach guest lectures at Duisenberg school of finance.[2] Duisenberg school of finance works closely with academics and visiting faculty from amongst others University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


Duisenberg school of finance was named after the first President of the European Central Bank economist, financier and politician Willem Frederik Duisenberg.[3] In 2008 major Dutch financial institutions set up a collaborative project with academic partners to establish Duisenberg school of finance.

Duisenberg school of finance is a private finance school specializing in Masters and Executive Finance programmes. ING Group, ABN AMRO, Royal Bank of Scotland, NYSE Euronext, Aegon, Deloitte, De Nederlandsche Bank, SNS Reaal, APG, PWC, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, KPMG, NIBC, PGGM, are official partners of DSF. Academic partners include: Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Vrije Universiteit, Catholic University of Leuven, and Tinbergen Institute. The school is located in Zuid at Symphony Tower (Zuidas).

DSF opened on 15 September 2008. As of 15 September 2013, there are over 300 alumni of the school's programmes. They represent over 50 different nationalities from all five continents. The specialized DSF Master's in Finance and Law program or LLM in Finance provide understanding of finance theory from the legal perspective [4]

MSc Programs[edit]

  • MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking, a study program is dedicated to explore the internal financing options for the firms, aspects of valuation and inter-company dealings
  • MSc in Risk Management, a program of quantitative aspects of finance, asset management and risk allocation.
  • MSc in Financial Markets and Regulation program designed to merge corporate law and finance, with the macro-prudential regulatory framework
  • LLM in Finance and Law, a program dedicated to explore the legal aspects of corporate affairs, concentrating on US and EU M&A laws


Both the MSc and LLM programmes of DSF are accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) and comply with the highest academic standards.[5]


Members of the Board include amongst others DSF Board Chair Mr. Joseph Streppel, chairman of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee; and Pauline van der Meer Mohr, President of the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

  • DSF Policy Briefs These Briefs provide short and up-to-date visions on current policy issues. The Briefs can be published in the media and will be sent out via email to those that have a connection to issues covered. The target groups for the Policy Briefs are regulators, professionals from the industry and policymakers.
  • DSF Policy Paper Series This Series is aimed at professionals interested in research-based visions. Readers of this series seek a more in-depth view on certain topics. The Policy Papers translate research findings into applicable solutions.
  • DSF-TI Discussion Paper Series In this Series, the hard-core academic pieces are listed. In cooperation with Tinbergen Institute, this series is developed to offer academic insights into fundamental and innovative research. The authors are mostly experienced experts in their fields. The majority of the readers are academics

Scholarships and Awards[edit]

The entry fee for the Duisenberg school of finance MSc programmes for the academic year 2014-2015 is €29.000 for non-EEA students and €18,000 for EEA students. Duisenberg school of finance offers scholarship opportunities, including: Wim Duisenberg (EU) Scholarship, Thesis Competition, Dutch Board Member Leadership Award, Woman in Finance Scholarship, Country Specific Scholarships, and the ING Loan Scheme.

Industry Affiliation[edit]

Duisenberg school of finance is supported by various financial services firms, in particular: ABN AMRO, APG, Aegon, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Deloitte, The Dutch Central Bank, NYSE Euronext, Houthoff Buruma, ING, KPMG, NIBC, PGGM, PwC, RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), SNS REAAL. According to DSF officials this close cooperation with industry enables to bring global financial leaders from these companies and other international companies closer to realm of economics and finance, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice.[6]

Research by department[edit]

Corporate Finance & Governance

Joseph McCahery,[7] Jaap Winter [8]

Financial Systems & Regulation

Lex Hoogduin, Enrico Perotti [9]

Risk Management & Asset Pricing

Risk management faculty comprises visiting faculty amongst others from Timbergen and UvA. Among faculty members is Dick Van Dijk,[10] Albert Menkveld, Laurens De Haan, Lars Norden, Casper de Vries, Bas Werker

Finance & Sustainability

Timo Busch,[11] Noreena Hertz,[12] Bernd Jan Sikken [13]

Amsterdam Universities Business School[edit]

On 27 March Duisenberg school of finance, University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam have signed a letter of intent to collectively set up the Amsterdam Universities Business School (AUBS). In the coming years the three parties will closely collaborate in order to create an Amsterdam based international business school, operating in the fields of accounting, business, finance and law. The intention of establishing this business school may have strong impact on creating a business development hub at the International level, centered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[14]

Public Events[edit]

Duisenberg school of finance (DSF) regularly presents public debates on topics related to international finance, economics and banking. These debates are open to the public and feature speakers and panelists drawn from the top level of such organisations as the DNB and IMF. Further top-level events include master classes taught by renowned professors from such institutions as Harvard Law School.[15] Each year DSF organises a competition called the Duisenberg Battle. Teams from Dutch study associations focused on finance, economics and econometrics are invited to compete in a one-day case competition, with cases drawn from DSF Industry Partners. The juried event results in one €10.000 scholarship award for the best student, and a €10.000 scholarship divided amongst members of the best team (so that members of a 4-person team each receive €2.500) [16]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "'Access Masters'". . 
  2. ^ "DSF Academic Staff". . 
  3. ^ "'Wim Duisenberg as ECB president'". . 
  4. ^ "An article about DSF in www.asset-econometrics.nl". . 
  5. ^ "'Duisenberg School of Finance, Top Universities'". . 
  6. ^ "Expert Opinion". . 
  7. ^ "Joseph McCahery Publication". . 
  8. ^ "Jaap Winter a new dean at Vrije Universitat Amsterdam". . 
  9. ^ "Enrico Perotti Profile". . 
  10. ^ "Dick Van Dijk Profile". . 
  11. ^ "Discussion+paper+%2F+Tinbergen+Institute+%2F+DSF+9%2C+Financial+and+international+markets"&type=PublishedIn&limit=20/ "Discussion paper / A triptych inquiry - rethinking sustainability, innovation and financial performance". ”. 
  12. ^ / "How to use experts". . 
  13. ^ "Bernd Jan Sikken Publication". . 
  14. ^ "Amsterdam Universities Business School". . 
  15. ^ "Public Debates at DSF". . 
  16. ^ "Academic Battle at DSF". .