For all the people that have been on Exchange, for those that currently are, and for those that have an exchange in the near future, the topic of grade conversion between both relevant universities is one worthy for discussion. And one that I have previously had myself too. A predetermined conversion scale set by the home university that heavily affects how your efforts and results abroad are translated back home. This translation or conversion can either work out well for your GPA, or simply underestimate your results. But fact remains that such a conversion scale is not easy to determine. Information is needed. And to retrieve information about this question requires quite some effort, especially if you have lots of partner universities from different countries with different grading systems.
This is a guest blog written by Jerôme Crijns, a student from Tilburg School of Economics and Management who is currently on exchange in Budapest.
Eat sleep rave repeat, that may well be the motto for my stay in Budapest. At least during the first two weeks after my arrival. Being located in what guides describe as “the trendiest district of Budapest”, the Jewish quarter, the ‘eating’ part took place at various tiny cosy Amsterdam-like retro bars and coffee corners. Places which choose to present their menus on a sustainability-embracing and human rights-protecting piece of wood, written down in chocolate letters and with smileys that indicate the absence of gluten or meat.
Among the active members of study association Asset|Economics, many students can be found who have interesting activities besides their studies. In this article Laurens Otemann will be interviewed about his experience with combining studying and sports. Laurens is currently graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Economics at Tilburg University and he has played water polo in the Dutch Eredivisie, the highest water polo league of the Netherlands.
At Tilburg University the fall semester is marked by students going abroad and spending a full semester within their degree at a university somewhere around the globe. The information for this article did not have to come from far, since within Asset|Economics there are many students coming back from exchange at the beginning of the spring semester. By now the spring semester has already started and we are looking back with Rutger Smids and Leon Bremer on their exchange experience. Both Rutger and Leon are now in their third year of their Bachelor Economics and Business Economics at Tilburg University and they are active members at Asset | Economics.
Last year, student Maarten de Ridder (22) graduated in MSc Economics at Tilburg University, scoring a 10 out of 10 with his thesis on wage rigidity and business cycle dynamics in the United States. After winning a scholarship, he continued his studies in Cambridge. We asked him some questions about his experience so far, and what he learned from his time in Tilburg. “My time at Tilburg University gave a solid background for Cambridge.”
Sander Coenraad, who has a Master degree in both Economics and Econometrics, tells us about his fruitful student life. After over 6 years of studying Sander Coenraad was able to obtain two masters within 24 hours last October. As this is a very outstanding performance I was wondering how Sander spent his 6 years at Tilburg University and how he got to obtaining two master degrees.
In recent years, literature on the so-called economics of happiness, which examines the (economic) factors that affect individual happiness, has grown rapidly. It is said that its findings have been a serious challenge to the economic profession. But what about the happiness of economists themselves? Two German economists have now estimated the causal effect of studying economics on subjective well-being.