Strong growth of M&A activity
The Executive Master of M&A and Valuation is a unique M&A programme at an academic master level, covering the entire M&A process from strategy to integration. The programme matches the educational demands of a rising number of M&A professionals. The growth of the target group reflects the strong growth of the merger and acquisition activity of the past decade.
Graduates of the programme occupy leading positions as corporate M&A directors, CFOs, deal partners at ‘Big-4’ firms, senior investment bankers, private equity partners and senior M&A lawyers. The Executive Master is officially accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
RUG and VU Amsterdam join forces in the Executive Master M&A and Valuation
This year the part-time executive master's program for M&A and Valuation professionals is jointly offered by the business schools of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The already leading executive master's degree program at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is further strengthened by a rich variety of expertise from both collaborating universities. This cooperation also fits well within the wide range of executive study programs in the field of Finance at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. NVAO has accredited this academic program for professionals as an Executive Master. Currently, it allows you to attain an MSc degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Ultimately, this Executive Master program may be converted into a joint degree program with an MSc from both the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The content program and the target group of the study program do not change with this collaboration. The training location will remain in the financial district of Amsterdam and the language spoken will remain English.
"What it takes to give a deal the best possible chance of success"
• Head of Strategy, M&A and Partnerships at Philips International BV
• Lecturer in the programme
“As many will have seen, M&A has had a ‘front seat’ role in the recent transformation of Philips from a more diverse industrial conglomerate to a focused Health Technology company. I find it essential that our M&A team has a strong technical foundation in M&A, from valuation skills to modelling, deep understanding of the legal side, integration challenges and the rest. While the old industry adage ‘every deal is different’ also holds true at Philips, there are also a lot of ‘the basics’ that you see back in every transaction. Truly mastering these basics frees up time to focus on the really different elements of the acquisition, investing time and energy ‘where it matters’ to give the deal the best possible chance of success.”