Bouwien Janssen

Here at the MaastrichtMBA, we love our alumni and enjoy staying in touch! Alumna Bouwien Janssen decided not to leave us for too long as she recently accepted a position at Maastricht University as the new Director of Development & Alumni Relations!

Fast Facts

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

At that point in my career, I wanted to connect, and exchange experiences with professionals in a similar managerial position. Expanding my network, meeting people with a different take on their profession, who might also foster new insights. I also felt the need to broaden my horizon and focus more on approaching things from a strategic angle.

Why did you decide to pursue an executive MBA at the MaastrichtMBA?

As I had made the decision to continue my professional career in my home region, the MaastrichtMBA was a good fit: it gave me the opportunity to work on my local network of professionals, organisations and businesses. And the MaastrichtMBA has a very good reputation of course!

How have you benefitted from your MBA degree?

After more than 10 years, it is difficult to separate my ongoing work experience and development, from what I got from the MBA. In general, the MaastrichtMBA teaches you to approach issues from a broader perspective and provides new angles of approach.

What advice do you have for anyone considering an Executive MBA at MaastrichtMBA?

Be clear about what you want from the course and your motivation to do it now, in this phase of your career. Will you be able to use it in your work setting? Do you have sufficient span of control (leadership, strategy) to benefit from the MBA and to contribute on an equal footing with other students? Can you put in enough time?

What stands out from your MaastrichtMBA experience?

One of the charming aspects of the MBA was that every paper I wrote, had a link to my own professional practice. I enjoyed that very much. The case-theory always offered a link to a concrete challenge within my organisation.

What has been the most enjoyable part of the MaastrichtMBA programme?

The international week in Barcelona really stands out. Among other things, we had an assignment to analyse and advise the management team of a local company and I still remember our group working late at night on our presentation and advice. It was the combination of field trip, practice, and getting an inside view of a foreign company, with the opportunity of advising the management team. That was very rewarding and great fun.

We developed such a good bond in our workgroup that we invited our partners and extended our stay in Barcelona for the weekend. We still meet at least twice a year. Recently to have a taste from the wine from a small local vineyard of which one of our group is co-owner.

Bouwien Janssen
Director Development & Alumni Relations and Director of University Fund Limburg
Maastricht University
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