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Launch of Sustainable Finance Master's track

28-02-14 | Education programme |

ECCE is proud to announce that Maastricht University's School of Business and Economics has launched the very first Master's International Business Programme with a specialization in Sustainable Finance.

Financial institutions and companies now more than ever before demand the know-how on implementing sustainability principles in the DNA of their organizations. There is an urgent need for a new generation of finance professionals, who not just master traditional concepts and applications in finance, but who also know how financial decision making can be enhanced by taking into account the sustainability challenges that today’s profession is confronted with.

As from September 2014, it is possible to participate in the Msc. Programme International Business / Sustainable Finance. The track is the very first to offer a unique set of courses that jointly address sustainability issues at the interface between mainstream finance and relevant complementary disciplines. In combining finance with a multidisciplinary perspective on material sustainability issues, IB/Sustainable Finance teaches students to become the new-generation finance professional as well as an essential linking pin in organizations that want to create value through sustainability.

Be the new generation’s finance professional

Sustainable Finance equips students with all the scientific knowledge and practical tools to conduct financial analysis, valuation, capital budgeting, and investment decisions in various business contexts. On top of that, enrolled students will understand in what ways financial institutions and companies can promote a more sustainable business landscape as part of their unique business case. For example, participants will learn:

  • how financial institutions and companies can be benchmarked along financial and sustainability metrics for the purpose of investing in stock, bond, and real estate markets,
  • that environmental, social and (corporate) governance (ESG) issues can be linked to key value drivers that influence financial decision making, such as cost of capital, profitability, and investment returns,
  • how integrating sustainability in the core business affects not only finance but also (non)financial reporting, corporate governance systems, strategy analysis, and financial product development
  • which mechanisms in the capital market help or hinder financial institutions and businesses in providing innovations that contribute to sustainability.


Learn from the Sustainable Finance leaders

Sustainable Finance is a globally unique Msc. International Business track, organized by the Finance Department of Maastricht University SBE. The Finance Department is internationally recognized for their research and education in the areas of sustainable finance and investment. Its members are also founder of two leading institutes for sustainability research in finance: the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). These institutes work together with asset managers, pension funds, rating agencies, corporations, and regulators in conducting sustainable finance research and developing tools that matter to practitioners.

Enrollment deadline and criteria

The deadline for enrollment is June 1 2014. For more details on the track, please contact Jeroen Derwall at For enrollment criteria, please visit the MSc. Programme overview at Maastricht University: the ECCE education platform at


Webinar series

We invite you to register for free to our webinar series, and experience online our presentations about the Sustainable Finance specialization, course topics, prerequisites, and study material. As participant of the webinar series you will be able to submit live questions and receive answers from the webinar host directly. Next webinar date: 9 April 2014, 16:00 - 17:00 hrs. (Amsterdam time, GMT +1): click here to register for free.

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