Our history

Nijmegen School of Management celebrated its 35th anniversary on 1 May 2023 around the theme 'through another lens'. In all these years, our faculty has been important to its students, researchers and staff, but also to the world around us. Read below how the faculty was founded and what happened in those years.

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Established in 1988

On 1 May 1988 the then new Faculty of Policy Science started. This faculty consisted of the following departments: Management and Policy; Environment, Nature and Landscape; Spatial Planning; Political Science, Social and Economic Geography; Social Geography of Developing Regions and Applied Economics. Still being created in 1988 were the Department of Administrative Information Science and the Department of Business Administration.

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On 19 April 2001 the name of the faculty changed to Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen (FdM); the English equivalent is Nijmegen School of Management (NSM). In its current form the faculty houses a unique and strong combination of interdisciplinary research with an impact on teaching and the practical aspects of management. Our academic strength lies in the five study programmes: Business Administration; Public Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Political Science; Social Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment and Policy.


The following individuals have been dean of the faculty since it was established:

  • 1988-1990                            E. Wever  
  • 1990-1993                            J. Buursink  
  • 1994                                      B. Prakken
  • 1995-1999 / 2002-2011      J.M. Mastop
  • 1999-2003                            B. Dankbaar
  • 2011-2015                            R.E.C.M. van der Heijden
  • 2016-2020                            P.H.J. Hendriks
  • 2020-2023                            T. Elfring
  • 2023 - Feb. 2024                 M.A.J. Kompier (ad interim)
  • Feb. 2024 - Mar. 2024         J.M. van der Vleuten (ad interim)
  • Mar. 2024 - present            S. Lavrijssen

Modern, green campus

In 1949 Radboud University bought the Heyendael estate. In the course of time the university buildings at other locations in Nijmegen closed, and a modern, green campus was created that invited personal contact and collaboration. Up to 2018 Nijmegen School of Management was located on Thomas van Aquino Street in Nijmegen. In 2018 a new, modern, location was opened on Heyendaalseweg 141 in Nijmegen: Gymnasion Noord. Nijmegen School of Management is in the Elinor Ostrom building here.

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