Finance & Control (formerly Business Economics)
The Finance & Control degree programme trains students for financial positions within the business community. The business economist is the spider at the centre of the financial web of an organisation. They are co-responsible for keeping an organisation financially sound, and are situated at the place where the money comes in and goes out. The business economist is the financial heart of the organisation; the person who leads the administration and puts forward proposals and advice for management. The programme prepares the student for positions such as business economist, (assistant) accountant, financial manager, head of administration, auditor, asset manager, investment analyst or financial advisor. There are plenty of opportunities within this branch of industry, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to multinationals.
The Accountancy degree programme prepares the student for a future as a Registered Accountant (RA) or as an Accounting Consultant (AA).
The most important task of the Accounting Consultant (AA) is to offer advice to entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized businesses (MKB). An AA compiles and audits annual accounts. An AA is often also a financial specialist, tax consultant and confidant for several companies. They assist and offer advice with setting up or redesigning an administration, and may also offer assistance with drawing up business plans and policy plans. They draw up cost and revenue budgets and set up liquidity and asset positions and ensure that credit providers receive the information they need in a timely manner. Lastly, an AA enters tax returns and advises the entrepreneur on other tax issues.
A Chartered Accountant (RA) works as an auditor or advisor. Many larger organisations are legally obliged to have their annual accounts audited by an accountant. The task of the RA requires accurate work and a broad knowledge of financial and business issues. An RA assesses whether the annual figures drawn up by the organisation match the actual financial state of affairs, and they map out the risks and help keep these under control. The RA finalises the audit with an auditor's report, which is included in the annual report of the organisation. In addition, an RA may also advise entrepreneurs on tax matters and the organisation of their business administration, as well as support in terms of takeovers or mergers.
Finance, Tax & Advice (formerly Financial Services Management)
The Finance, Tax & Advice degree programme is a general or broadly oriented vocational training course, which prepares the student extremely well for work within this sector. The programme trains the student for positions such as financial advisor, mortgage or insurance advisor, private and/or business client advisor, asset advisor and pension advisor. Graduates will be able to find work within the financial sector, such as at banks or insurance companies, but also within the financial department of other types of companies and institutions. Students will be trained for commercial functions (front office) as well as management functions (back office). Graduates may also fulfil economic, legal or commercial positions with large multinationals.