Journal

11-04-2018

How to solve the food problem in the world?

 

In 2017 the Rabobank introduced ‘Banking for food’. This new idea basically is the vision of the Rabobank on food security and what role the bank has in it. The security of food supply is something that affects us all. Entrepreneurs in agriculture and large food chains have to produce more food with less land and raw materials. The global…

03-04-2018

Facebook: to quit or not to quit?

You have probably noticed it: #DeleteFacebook was a trending topic on Twitter some weeks ago. Facebook received a lot of criticism, regarding its role in the American elections last year and the referendum on the Brexit in 2016. Twice, it misused the enormous bulk of data it possesses to select people with a certain ideology. We all perceive Facebook as…

28-03-2018

The kick that started it all

Author: Max Kanne

It is now considered to be one of the most effective forms of crowd funding, a way to get the starting capital you need when banks deny you a loan because they have no faith in your idea. The website called Kickstarter has been ever growing in popularity ever since it was first introduced in 2009. The company’s growth goes…

20-03-2018

The recent evolution of influencers

His last name is kept secret and so is his residence. He made 11 million dollars last year and was thereby ranked 8th on the Forbes list of best-paid Youtubers of 2017 (Forbes; 2018). Other figures found on his account are 12.7 million subscribers, 1.1 billion views on his most viewed video and 19.8 billion views in total on that…

14-03-2018

Good things don’t come to those who wait

Have you ever sat on your couch, thinking about all the stuff you needed to do that day, such as calling your dentist or finishing that assignment, and thinking: ‘Oh, one episode on Netflix won’t hurt’, or ‘nope, just not feeling it today’ or ‘now is not the right time’. Well, let us tell you a secret, it doesn’t have…

12-03-2018

Meet the EBF Committees

Working together is one of the most important aspects of forming a group. However, what is the key to creating the best atmosphere for collaboration? According to Henry Ford, ‘working together is success’. Together with the committees of the Economics and Business Faculty Study Association, the EBF,  we show in this article that working together and having fun is important…

26-02-2018

Come on Board through the eyes of Jochem!

Author: Jochem Lubsen

“Come on Board!” is perhaps the single best advice I can give to any enthusiastic student who is eager to learn and willing to unlock his or her potential. A board year at the EBF brings you responsibilities that you would normally only have to carry much later on in your career. Moreover, an EBF Board year will bring you…

20-02-2018

Swapfiets: The company with the blue front wheel

They are seen everywhere in the city centre of Groningen, all the blue front wheels. Everyone seems to know at least one person who rides one. We mean, of course, the company ‘Swapfiets’ that now provides bikes in over 10 city centres in the Netherlands, of which Groningen is one of them. The company experienced incredible growth over a very…

14-02-2018

The city as as brand!

When you arrive at Schiphol Airport or when you visit Amsterdam, you probably encounter it: the I Amsterdam sign. With the slogan being sold on thousands of tourist products and the urban sculpture on the Museumplein being one of the most photographed spots in Amsterdam, we cannot picture the city without its slogan anymore. However, Amsterdam is not the only…

07-02-2018

Let’s work with our hands more often

 

It’s probably a question you’ve heard quite a few times over the years: ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’. Such a simple question, but it seems like the answer is ever changing. When I asked my little brother of five years old this morning, he said he wanted to become a police officer. I wanted to…

01-02-2018

New year, New me

Every year it’s the same old story: New year, new me. Everybody has them, but does everybody keep them? We’re talking about New Year’s Resolutions. With already one month of the new year in the past, we can take a look at the result of the society’s New Year’s Resolutions. Eating healthier, working out more, quit smoking…. People often fail…

29-01-2018

The most valuable hype of 2017

When you think of the year 2017, events like the first full year of America’s new president Donald Trump, the conflicts in Spain and the new cabinet in the Netherlands may jump to mind or you might think of the year in which the world’s economy was making great steps towards recovering from the recent economic crisis. However, if you…

16-01-2018

Airbnb as the New Travel Agency

The internet is filled with pictures of bucket-list travel places you wish to visit. When you open Instagram or Facebook, you continue to see the most beautiful places and you cannot wait to hop on the internet, book a vacation and travel. With the rise of the internet, planning and booking a trip has never been easier. Whereas back in…

21-12-2017

We love Sales!

Before starting, we would like to give you two options. Firstly, a package of soup with beautiful colours on it, which is clearly discounted from $2,00 to $1,36. Secondly, you can choose a white, boring package of the same kind of soup, however, priced $1,35. What choice would you make? Furthermore, assuming that we discuss the same product, what would…

14-12-2017

Christmas Time, Business Time

Happy families, beautifully decorated houses, and delicious dinners. What is on your wishlist this year? With Christmas around the corner, it’s almost the most beautiful time of the year again. Christmas hits are already played everywhere and hopefully the snow will come soon. There is nothing better than a white, shiny Christmas. Everyone is celebrating Christmas their own way. Most…

06-12-2017

Robot as Fellow Citizens

When you think of a robot, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a walking machine that sort of looks like a human being, which is made out of steel and has the unmistakable programmed voice. Although these robots are great to see in movies, scientists have come a long way since these ‘old’, walking things of aluminum.…

27-11-2017

How Netflix is changing the Entertainment Industry.

Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, and Narcos. Sounds familiar? Chances are that either you or your friends have a Netflix account. These series are all Netflix Originals and pretty successful. Where a couple of years ago almost nobody knew what Netflix was, it is now an essential part of our home entertainment platforms. However, more and more top…

23-11-2017

From Bricks to Clicks?

When you walk through the city center of Groningen at the end of the year, you will see big and colorful lightings, you will hear Christmas music and you will see many other decorations in and around the shops. Who would not like that? First up, Saint Nicholas, followed by three weeks leading up to Christmas. Mainly during the weekends…

17-11-2017

From The Recruitment Days to Pon!

 

From the 11th until the 13th of December, the 24th edition of the Recruitment Days takes place. Here more than 500 students will be able to meet, match, and connect with around 40 companies. There are multiple activities, such as challenging business cases, presentations, business lunches, networking socials and many more things. Sign up until the 20th of November, 23.59…

15-11-2017

The right time to start investing

At the end of 2014, the Dutch government agreed to end the ‘studiefinanciering’ for all the students and introduced the ‘leenstelsel’ (loan system). Students can decide for themselves how much money they want to borrow every month up to €1034,85. They need to amortize the money within 35 years, with a low interest rate. This is a long payback period,…

06-11-2017

The Broke Student

 

A lot has changed over the years, when it comes to student loans and contributions to studying in the Netherlands. At the end of 2014, the Dutch government agreed to make an end to the ‘studiefinanciering’, which means that the students nowadays need to borrow all of the required money. The money that is going to be saved, by switching…

21-09-2017

Interview Kim Liebregts, CEO Tesla Benelux

On the 5th and 6th of October, the ninth edition of the EBF Conference takes place. It is the largest economic and business conference of the Netherlands and attracts about 600 participants each year. This year’s theme is ‘Managing Earth Inc. :The Leaders of Tomorrow.

15-06-2017

Does every city need a Guggenheim Museum?

Twenty years ago, the Guggenheim museum was established in Bilbao (Spain), what resulted into the so-called Bilbao effect. The city’s economy changed drastically leaving positive footprints.…

30-05-2017

The Effects of the French Election on the Economic Environment

Sunday, May 7th, former investment banker and France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron of the centrist En Marche! party was elected France’s new president. …

11-05-2017

The way Uganda handles refugees

In Europe, we are currently dealing with a great number of refugees.…

03-05-2017

Google datacenter Eemshaven

Google Datacenter Eemshaven – General information

Last year, on the 6th of December, Google opened a new datacenter at the Eemshaven in Groningen, …

19-04-2017

The opportunity to study abroad.

Why everyone should take the chance to study abroad

19-04-2017

Challenge yourself with AIESEC

Within our faculty many students are performing great and interesting activities, from the Honours College to starting an own business. …

07-04-2017

International Ambassador

Last week, we interviewed the two International Ambassadors of the EBF, the former International Ambassador Caroline Krinner and the current International Ambassador Syarifa Diandrina.…

24-03-2017

Unlock your potential

Today is the deadline of the EBF Board Recruitment 2017-2018, we, Saskia and Lauri interviewed Tijmen and Annabelle the Vice-Chairman and the IT & Marketing Officer of the current board. We hope to give you some insight in a Board year at the EBF.…

12-03-2017

Jeroen Dijsselbloem at the EBF Leadership Panel

The EBF has a history of hosting events with impressive, but most of all interesting, speakers. The last EBF Leadership panel was no exception. …

27-02-2017

Interview Marcia Snijder, Channel Manager at AkzoNobel


AkzoNobel Masterclass 2017
Upcoming May 8 & 9, the AkzoNobel Masterclass 2017 is being held. The masterclass is meant for master students who are approaching their graduation. The deadline for applying is April 2.

20-02-2017

The Blockchain

Author: Vlad Tașcă

The advent of the internet marked a complete paradigm shift from previous methods of commerce and revolutionized not only marketplaces but entire business systems, as well as the ways in which trade is conducted. The ease of use and accessibility of information in the 21st century has led to changes such as the disintermediation of distributors and wholesalers in favor…

30-01-2017

Gifts – Value adding or a loss

Author: Vlad Tașcă

Giving gifts, whether it is to family members during the holiday season, to friends on their birthdays or to a loved one as a sign of affection, is a long standing and well-loved tradition. …

23-01-2017

Is OPEC actually as powerful as it seems?

OPEC, often perceived as one of the world’s most powerful institutions, is experiencing a ‘historic move’ according to OPEC president Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada.

16-01-2017

The Recruitment Days: an insider’s perspective.

Recruitment Days
An Interview with Roelof Takens by Annemiek Jutten en Bryan Lubben

What is your role in the Recruitment Days committee?
My role in this committee, together with one my fellow committee members,…

09-01-2017

Insights of Nick Jue, CEO of ING during the Leadership Panel

“We want to stay an elephant, but we want to be as flexible as a greyhound.” (Nick Jue, CEO ING)

On Wednesday the 7th of December, Nick Jue, CEO of ING Netherlands, visited our faculty to give a presentation on the reorganization of ING for the leadership panel. …

31-12-2016

Happy New Year with a new EBF Journal

Author: Thijs ten Cate

A new chapter for the EBF Journal

New Year’s resolutions: we all have them! Each year, we promise ourselves to improve certain aspects of our lives in the year that lies ahead. …