Thomas van der Schaft
I have always been very passionate about mathematics and I knew that whatever career path I would later choose, it had to involve Mathematics. However, towards the end of high school I became more and more interested in Economics and therefore wanted to somehow combine the two. My Economics teacher, who strongly believed that your study should challenge you, gave me a flyer for the Econometrics Day at Erasmus University and I am very glad he did.
Having spent the majority of my life living abroad, the new International Econometrics bachelor programme definitely appealed to me. I discovered however, that it is not the international aspect, but the small scale of the programme which is its greatest advantage. We were with under 50 students at the beginning of the year which meant that, unlike with most studies, I really got to know all of my classmates and we could rely on each other’s help throughout the year.
Towards the end of my first year I was informed of the new Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics, which combines the Econometrics and Operations Research bachelor with that of Economics and Business Economics. Seeing that I cannot resist a challenge, I decided to switch and have been enjoying it ever since. Of course, combining two degrees comes with extra challenges, but it also comes with rewards. It not only enhanced my economic knowledge, but also allowed me to develop academic skills which I would otherwise not have developed. All in all, I think this programme has allowed me to become a better Econometrician.
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Already in high school, I was intrigued by the complexity of economic issues and their importance in business and everyday-life alike. That is why I decided to turn it into my profession by studying economics. The Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics programme here at Erasmus School of Economics was a perfect fit. I was looking for a challenging programme in an international and diverse environment that provides students not only with deep economic insights, but also with valuable quantitative skills to model and solve problems that go beyond the economic field. I found that here.
Besides the academic curriculum, there are countless opportunities for students to challenge themselves and excel in their passions: student, study, and sport associations make campus life vivid through the many events organised by and for students. And while it is fun and rewarding to participate, it is even more fun to design, organise, and lead them yourself. I could not be happier about the many things I've learned and the experiences I've had whilst involved in the local student organisations. I have no doubt that they have not only given me an edge in the competitive job market, but have also enabled me to build a network of great friends all over the world.
If you like mathematics and economics, and are eager to challenge yourself and push your limits, the Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics programme might be interesting for you!
Erasmus School of Economics has done a good job at combining two bachelor programmes: Econometrics and Economics. A fulfilling mixture of both quantitative and economic courses. In this double degree bachelor programme you get a challenging and diverse course load, with subjects ranging from theoretical mathematics to behavioural economics or philosophy. It is this diversity that I enjoy most about the programme as I have always had a broad set of interests.
The study load is of course a bit higher than for a normal bachelor programme, but in the end it is well worth it. The students are extra ambitious and create a stimulating environment, making you want to improve beyond what you thought possible before. The double bachelor shines light on how to combine a variety of analytical skills from the econometrics programme with the soft skills from the economics programme.
Being able to live in the city of Rotterdam is definitely a bonus. Its vibrant city centre, combined with beautiful parks and an interesting cultural atmosphere makes living here very enjoyable.
Naturally, there is more to student life than studying. Both Rotterdam and Erasmus School of Economics offer numerous opportunities to make the most of your time here. Whether you are big into sports or want to improve the student experience for your fellow students, you will definitely find your spot here!
Myrthe van Dieijen
What I value most of my bachelor Economics and Business Economics is the wide range of courses. In this bachelor I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about diverse sections of economics, such as accounting, finance, marketing and macroeconomics. I am now well prepared for starting my career. However, during this study I found that I’d prefer having more mathematical background on the economic theories.
By deciding to start Econometrics as well, I could not only prove the economic theories I had learned before, I also got the techniques to make predictions on the future. My mathematical and analytical skills have been improved, and I’m sure I’ll benefit from this for the rest of my life. In my view, the practical knowledge on economics on one hand and the mathematical knowledge of econometrics on the other hand is a great combination.
Whatever I’m going to do after graduation, the skills I have acquired will be useful for every job I’m going to get.