Tilburg University

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Tilburg University
Tilburg University logo.svg
Motto Understanding Society
Type Public
Established 1927
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rector Magnificus Prof. dr. (E.H.L.) Emile Aarts
Administrative staff
1.636 fte (2014)
Students 12.113 (2014)
Address Warandelaan 2, Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands
Campus Urban
School newspaper Univers
Affiliations EUA / AACSB / VSNU
Website http://www.tilburguniversity.edu
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Tilburg University is a public research university specializing in the social and behavioral sciences, economics, law, business sciences, theology and humanities, located in Tilburg in the southern part of the Netherlands.

Tilburg University has a student population of about 12,000 students, about 10 percent of whom are international students. This percentage has steadily increased over the past years. Tilburg University offers both Dutch-and English-taught programs. In 2014, 39 of the total 67 (19 bachelor and 48 master programs) were English-taught. Tilburg University awards approximately 70 PhDs per year.

The institution has gained a reputation in both research and education. In the field of economics, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ranked #1 in Europe for the second consecutive time in 2007 according to the Journal of the European Economic Association with regard to publications in top journals.[1] In 2007, the Executive MBA program at the university's TIAS School for Business and Society ranked #11 in the world according to the Financial Times.[2] In the field of law, Tilburg University was ranked #1 in the Netherlands for the last three years according to Elsevier Magazine.[3] Furthermore, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a unique two-year master program in Medical Psychology (in Dutch), in which students are trained as scientist practitioners in the medical setting.


Tilburg University was founded in 1927, as the Roomsch Katholieke Handelshoogeschool (Roman Catholic University of Commerce), being located in the southern, Catholic part of The Netherlands, visible in its second change of name in 1938: Katholieke Economische Hogeschool (Catholic Economic University). In 1963 the university was once again renamed, as Katholieke Hogeschool Tilburg (Catholic University Tilburg), followed by a name change to Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (Catholic University Brabant). Although in its present name Tilburg University, the word Catholic was dropped, the university is still regarded as a Catholic university.

1969 Protests[edit]

1969 KHT protests

On April 28, 1969, students barricaded the campus buildings, demanding educational and organizational changes. Months before students had unofficially renamed the university Karl Marx University, painting this title across campus to accentuate the importance of Marxist ideas in the then primarily economics-oriented curriculum. These protests led to a widespread change in higher education across the Netherlands that was made official by the 1971 bill of Educational Reform, granting more joint decision making to students of Dutch universities.


The QS World University Rankings[4] ranked Tilburg University as follows:

Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2013 14th 172nd 373rd


Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2015 1st 10th 37th
2014 2nd 14th 50th
2013 2nd 13th 42nd

Best Global Universities for Economics and Business US News Global Report:[6]

Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 2nd 6th 24th

Academic Ranking of World Universities in Economics/Business:[7]

Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 2nd 7th 45th


The Tilburg School of Economics and Management (founded in 1927) is the oldest and largest faculty of the university. The other four faculties—Law (1963), Social and Behavioural Sciences (1963), Philosophy and Theology (1967), Arts (1981)—were founded more recently. In addition to these faculties, Tilburg University has a number of research centers and graduate schools (see below).

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Tilburg University offers a wide range of undergraduate studies, some of which are English-taught.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Tilburg University carrying the name it adopted in 2010

Tilburg Law School

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Humanities

School of Theology

University College Tilburg

Joint Bachelor Data Science (expected, in cooperation with Eindhoven University of Technology)

Graduate programs[edit]

Tilburg University offers a range of graduate and doctoral programs, most of these are English-taught.

TU Campus (2)
TIAS School for Business and Society

School of Economics and Management

  • MSc Accountancy
  • MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Information Management
  • MSc International Master in Management of IT (Multiple degree)
  • MSc Information Technology for Enterprise Management (Multiple degree)
  • MSc International Business Tax Economics
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Marketing Management
  • MSc Marketing Research
  • MSc Operations Research and Management Science
  • MSc Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science
  • MSc Strategic Management
  • MSc Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Research Master in Business
  • MSc Research Master in Economics

Tilburg Law School

  • LLM International and European Law
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Business Tax Law
  • LLM Law and Technology
  • MSc Victimology and Criminal Justice
  • LLM Research Master in Law
  • LLM Tax Law

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • MSc Organization Studies
  • MSc Sociology
  • MSc Social Psychology
  • MSc Victimology and Criminal Justice
  • MSc Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • MSc Research Master in Individual Differences and Assessment

School of Humanities

  • MSc Communication and Information Sciences
  • MSc track Data Science: Business and Governance
  • MA Culture Studies
  • MA Philosophy, Science and Society
  • Research Master Language and Communication

School of Theology

  • MA Christianity and Society
  • Pre-Master’s program in Christianity and Society

Data Science

  • MSc Track Data Science: Business and Governance
  • MSc Track Data Science in Engineering (offered by Eindhoven University of Technology)


Research centres and institutes

Research and graduate schools

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.core.ucl.ac.be/econometrics/Bauwens/Rankings/EuropeanRanking.pdf
  2. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times - FT.com". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tilburg University – Searchresults". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  4. ^ World University Rankings, retrieved 30 September 2010
  5. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013 – Economics & Econometrics". Top Universities. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top Economics and Business Universities in the World, p3 – US News Best Global Universities". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Economics / Business – 2014 – 2014 Top 200 Universities in Economics / Business – ARWU-SUBJECT 2014". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′46″N 5°2′31″E / 51.56278°N 5.04194°E / 51.56278; 5.04194