Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
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|Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management|
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|Established||2008 (as a merge of the Economics Department (founded in 1899) and the Solvay Business School (founded in 1904)) of the Université libre de Bruxelles|
|Dean||Bruno van Pottelsberghe|
|Campus||ULB - Solbosch|
|Affiliations||Université libre de Bruxelles|
The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management was founded in 2008 as a result of the merger of the Department of Economics (founded in 1899) and the Solvay Business School (founded by Ernest Solvay in 1903 under the name of Ecole de Commerce Solvay) of the Université libre de Bruxelles. More than 2,000 students attend some thirty programmes at the School today, including Bachelor 's Degrees in business engineering and economics and Masters (M.S./MSc – Master of Science) in both disciplines, the MBA with École des Ponts ParisTech and more than thirty Executive Education programmes. Its current Dean is Bruno van Pottelsberghe.
The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management has developed a network of more than 70 partners in 32 countries, with whom some 160 student exchanges are organised each year. The School is the only in Belgium that requires students to undertake a six-month exchange programme in a university abroad. Such exchanges take place principally in Europe, within the framework of the SOCRATES and ERASMUS programmes, but also in the United States, Canada, Turkmenistan, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, India (IIM Ahmedabad), Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
The Solvay Alumni is an association that represents all those men and women who have graduated from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management or one of its satellite institutions. Within the particular context of Belgium, a country marked in the past by religious and ideological rifts, alumni associations play an extremely important role, especially for the universities.
The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is a research-based institution, in two respects. First, the duty of all core faculty members includes the production of scientific output (e.g. publications in peer-review international journals and scientific conferences) and the supervision of PhD candidates. Second, the SBS-EM provides an infrastructure for research, through its three main research centres, the CEB (Centre Emile Bernheim), DULBEA (Department in Applied Economics of ULB), and ECARES (European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics), and their doctoral schools. Over the past 5 years, many publications have been produced, including 241 articles in international scientific journals and 41 books.
As one of the ULB and SBS-EM flagships, the scientific research in economics and management benefits from an important investment by the School and the university and enjoys a truly international reputation. The ULB places excellence at the heart of its ambitions and research is a key activity for the full-time teaching staff and their teams. Research also makes an ongoing contribution to improving the quality of teaching.
The CEB, ECARES and DULBEA are the main, 'broad-based', research centers affiliated to the SBS-EM. The two additional thematic research centers are CERMi (Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance / Center for European Research in Microfinance), and the Centre for Knowledge Economics (Centre de l'économie de la connaissance).
Affiliated to the SBS-EM, CEB is its research institute in management sciences. It aims to develop and promote advanced scientific research in management sciences. The centre hosts more than 75 (full-time and part-time) professors and researchers in key management disciplines. The CEB's teaching and research staff is currently active in the following management fields: accounting, marketing, business strategy, financial markets, corporate management, industrial economics, management of innovation and international trade.
DULBEA was founded by Etienne Sadi Kirschen in the 1950s, based on the new developments taking place in economics and the theory of econometrics. The DULBEA also gives prominence to recommendations in the field of economic policy.
ECARES, founded in 1991, began as a joint political initiative of the ULB Institute of European Studies and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a network of some 500 researchers in Europe. Its mission is to develop high quality economic and statistics research and to provide a meeting place for researchers and professional economists. It has one of the best Doctoral Schools of Europe as witnessed by the placement of the job market candidates. The mission of the Doctoral School is to enable our graduates to do quantitative research of highest quality in economics and statistics.
CERMi (Centre Européen de Recherche en Microfinance / Center for European Research in Microfinance), draws together researchers, involved in microfinance activities in developing countries, from CEB and from the Research Centre Warocque (Université Mons-Hainaut). The CERMi also collabores with the European Microfinance Programme.
Last, the Centre for Knowledge EconomicsThis research centre allows the School to bring together all its researchers on a topic where it has a critical mass of excellence. Founded and chaired by Professor Francoise Thys-Clément and Professor of Public Economics.
- 2009: Ranked 14th by the Financial Times Business School Ranking MSc in Management ranking
- 2010: Ranked 20th by the Financial Times Business School Ranking MSc in Management ranking
- 2011: Ranked 25th by the Financial Times Business School Ranking MSc in Management ranking
- 2012: Ranked 25th by the Financial Times Business School Ranking MSc in Management ranking
- 2013: Ranked 31st by the Financial Times Business School Ranking MSc in Management ranking
Student associative life
One of the youngest organisations is the Solvay Brussels School Student Finance Club, created in 2010. It is a student run organization that aims to offer its members a wide variety of finance related activities, whether it is Investment Banking, Investment Management, Venture Capital/Private Equity, or Corporate Finance. The founders’ idea is to create a club that prepares its members for careers in the financial field by fostering an environment that helps them to translate their theoretical knowledge into practice, and that stimulates continuous learning and awareness of recent trends and developments. The club offers those pursuing careers in finance a professional and social network. It constitutes an interface between the finance industry and its members.
In 2011, the SBS Student Consulting Club (SCC in short) was created. Its mission statement is the following "The SCC conducts customized consulting services to deliver hands on solutions. It believes in cultivating integer people who drive entrepreneurship in all businesses and strive to functionally develop committed students." The organization is growing rapidly, both in terms of members and in terms of consulting projects conducted. It has won the JADE Belgium Junior Enterprise Challenge end of 2012. The club aims at becoming a Junior Enterprise, which is a certified label by JADE.
Besides the programs developed by the school, students also have the opportunity to take part in ESTIEM activities via the Local Group Brussels, part of Cercle Solvay. ESTIEM is the organisation for European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management, whose goal is to establish and foster relations between students across Europe and to support them in their personal and professional development, with a network consisting of 74 Local Groups in 28 countries, reaching out to 60 000 students.
(of the former Solvay Business School and the Economics Department -prior to the merge-, and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)
- Daniel Kurgan, CEO of BICS Belgacom International Carrier Services.
- Pierre Lagrange, Partner and co-founder, GLG Partners.
- Hubert Ansiaux, governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) from 1957 until 1971.
- Didier Bellens, former CEO of Belgacom and former CEO if the Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.
- Rik Daems, politician.
- Paul De Groote, Minister for National Recovery (1947-1949)
- Jean Van Hamme, writer.
- Maurice Frère, governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) from 1944 until 1957.
- Christian Jourquin, former CEO of Solvay.
- François Narmon, former CEO of Dexia and former president of the Belgian Olympic Committee.
- fr:Jacques Simonet, Belgian politician.
- fr:Jean-Paul Philippot, CEO of French-speaking public broadcast company RTBF.
- fr:Eugène de Barsy, former President of the Banking Commission.
- Jacques Beruck, CEO of ITN
- de:Guillaume de Posch, former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 and actual CEO of RTL Group
- Jean-Pierre Bizet, CEO of D'Ieteren
- fr:Gilles Samyn, CEO of Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille or CNP
- Michel Allé, CFO of SNCB
- fr:Bruno Colmant, former CEO of NYSE Euronext and CEO of Ageas
- fr:André Oleffe, former Belgian Minister of Economy
- Amer Husni Lutfi, former Syrian Minister of Economy
- Alexandre Vandamme, Belgian businessman and board member of Inbev
- Richard Goblet d'Alviella, Belgian businessman and board member of Delhaize Group and GDF SUEZ
- fr:Serge Kubla, former Belgian Minister of Economy
- fr: Eliane Tillieux, Belgian Minister of Health
- Camille Gutt, Head of the International Monetary Fund
- Michel van den Abeele Baron, former Director-General of the European Commission, Director-General of Eurostat and Permanent Representative of the European Commission to the OCDE and UNESCO.
- Roberto Lavagna, former Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina
- Lodewijk De Raet, economist
- fr:Robert Tollet, economist, professor at ULB and former président of the fr:Conseil central de l'Économie.
- Alain Deneef, Belgian businessman
- Roland D'Ieteren, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banque Degroof D'Ieteren
- Alain Philippson, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banque Degroof, Board Member of the Brussels based organization CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
- José Zustrassen, Founder of Keytrade Bank and Belgacom Skynet
- Paul Frère, Belgian Racing driver and journalist
- Philippe Swan, Belgian singer and songwriter
- fr:Paul Hatry, Belgian politician, former Minister
- fr: Claude Javeau, Professor of sociology
- Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of Adecco, former CEO of Barry Callebaut
- Paul Deneve, former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent and Vice-President of Apple
- Marianne Bertrand, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
- William Detry, Belgian professional golf player
- Dominique Leroy, CEO of Belgacom
- Mathias Dewatripont, economist and member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Belgium
- Peter Praet, member of the Board of the European Central Bank and former Director of the National Bank of Belgium.
- Bruno van Pottelsberghe, economist and former Chief Economist of the European Patent Office
- André Sapir, economist and supervisor of the Sapir Report
- Gérard Roland, former professor at the Free University of Brussels and now professor at University of California, Berkeley
- fr:Alain Eraly, economist and sociologist
- Victor Ginsburgh, economist
- fr:Ginette Kurgan, economic historian
- fr:Françoise Thys-Clement, economist and former rector of the ULB
- fr:Robert Tollet, economist
- Paul Bairoch, economic historian
- fr:Étienne Sadi Kirschen, economist
- André Farber, business engineer and mathematician, former president of the European Finance Association
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