Rens Nagtegaal

Rens Nagtegaal
International Political Economy provides you with enticing insights into the political and economic sides of contemporary affairs.
Name
Rens Nagtegaal
Programme
International Political Economy
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Previous education
BSc Economics - Tilburg University

Rens Nagtegaal is a Master's student International Political Economy.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

International Political Economy provides you with enticing insights into the political and economic sides of contemporary affairs. It provides perspectives from both disciplines and enters the intersectional area to discover how these two interplay. The added value of this programme is precisely this intersection and its discovery through cooperation, discussion and studying.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The atmosphere in class has always been pleasant. Students and lecturers respect one another, their values and the opinions or ideas they profess.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

The most challenging of this programme in my opinion is the diversity in courses and the need to switch from lens or perspective between different courses quite a lot.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

Currently, I'm writing my thesis on environmental sustainability investment decisions part-time at KPMG Meijburg, where I look into the role that subsidies and sustainability reporting play in the environmental sustainability decisions of firms of different sizes in the Netherlands.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

I believe it is crucial to look at issues through multiple lenses and study problems from multiple angles. Therefore, a multidisciplinary degree is a good starting point, but it is precisely that, a starting point. From there on out graduates should keep learning and adding perspectives. In my case, that will be in the field of sustainability auditing, in which I will get hands-on experience in auditing firms' sustainability reports.