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Innovatie‐inspanningen van de Vlaamse ondernemingen : Kernresultaten van de Europese innovatievragenlijst van 2019
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Year: 2020 Publisher: Leuven ECOOM (Expertisecentrum O&O Monitoring)

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Maar liefst 70 procent van de Vlaamse bedrijven werkte afgelopen jaar aan innovatie: 61 procent aan bedrijfsprocesinnovaties en 29 procent aan productinnovaties. In veel gevallen vinden de innovatieactiviteiten plaats samen met andere organisaties. Dit rapport, opgesteld door ECOOM, het Expertisecentrum Onderzoek en Ontwikkelingsmonitoring van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap. Het rapport constateert verder dat Vlaamse bedrijven nu al enkele jaren op rij steeds meer innoveren.

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Do exchange programmes affect master grades?

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This study examines the impact of exchange programmes on students’ master grades. Firstly, this thesis examines whether the language knowledge upon an exchange will influence future master grades. Results show that there is no significant effect. Factors that do have an impact on master grades are the scores obtained in previous years together with the study programme. Secondly, the effect of host country destinations is investigated, together with the effect of ranked universities, according to the Shanghai or business school index. In the results we find that only students that went on exchange to the Netherlands score significantly less in the master programme than students that went to the USA. No significant effect was found for the other country destinations nor for ranked universities. The latter means that whether a student goes to a foreign university that is ranked or not (according to the Shanghai or business school index), there is no significant influence on their master scores.

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The effect of an exchange program on the academic performance of FEB students
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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This Master thesis investigates the effect of an exchange program on the academic performance of FEB students. More specifically we explore the influence of going on exchange on the final Master score and on the improvement from the Bachelor grade (first two years) to the Master grade. Using a dataset prohibited by the FEB, we apply Propensity Score Matching and OLS regressions on three different subsamples. Our analysis suggests that students who study a short period abroad gain less in terms of the difference between the Bachelor and Master grade compared to students who stay at home. Furthermore going on exchange has no influence on the final Master score. Through the exploration of an alumni survey, we ascertain that going on exchange has an influence on the gross monthly salary of alumni, but it has no effect on the probability of working in a multinational company in later life.

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Optimizing the exchange allocation model
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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This thesis analyses the exchange selection procedure at the Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) at the University of Leuven. First, an overview of the existing literature concerning international exchanges is given as well as an introduction to matching outcome evaluation. Then follows the research conducted in this thesis which consists of a database analysis as well as an analysis of the results of a self-composed survey which was distributed among recent exchange applicants. Finally, these research results lead to suggestions to improve the current selection process. These improvements can be summarized as follows: 1) communicating more feedback to the exchange applicants; 2) conducting research with regard to (dis)advantages of including an oral interview in the selection process; 3) adding the possibility to submit three preferred exchange destinations; and 4) keeping the prechoice tool removed from the selection procedure.

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Who should go on exchange?
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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Using the exchange database and the alumni survey of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), this thesis analyzes what type of students should be allowed to go on a Bachelor or Master exchange and to what extent such exchange programs effect grades and employability by comparing mobile with non-mobile students. the models used along this research paper, together with their corresponding results, provide clear insights of who should be send abroad and can form a solid base for future research within the University of Leuven. Consistent with the hypothesis, grades are a decisive factor in the probability for students to be accepted to study abroad. However, going on a Bachelor exchange leads to a significant loss in academic performance. The results also show that at the one hand, Master exchange programs lead to a preliminary, yet insignificant increase in chances of getting employed. At the other hand, Bachelor exchange programs lead to a decrease in the same probability prediction.

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Optimizing the Erasmus Allocation Process - Evaluating Students' Behavior and the Online Erasmus Application Tool
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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The aim of this study is to investigate what the effects are of an online application tool on students’ application behavior and to identify any shortcomings in the current application procedure from a student’s viewpoint so that the Erasmus allocation process of the KU Leuven’s Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) can be optimized. Data for this study were gathered by the FEB and additional data were collected through a self-conducted survey. The first part of this thesis describes the FEB’s Erasmus allocation procedures that were used over the years and identifies the factors that play a role in a student’s decision-making to go abroad and choose a destination. In the second part, the available data is analyzed, aiming to answer the research questions above. The results indicate that students’ application behavior is certainly affected by the online application tool and that students think there is still some room for improvement in the Erasmus application process. This thesis hopes to offer the FEB some useful insights regarding the students’ view on the application process and to formulate some recommendations to optimize the process.

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Getting to know the international student - A study on academic and social integration of international students and its effect on academic performance while abroad
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Year: 2017 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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There is still much debate about the integration of international students during their study abroad. To this end, this research investigates which factors influence students’ integration, more specifically academic integration, social integration with international students and social integration with local students. Furthermore, the effect of integration on academic performance during a stay abroad is examined. The data set that is used consists of a survey with 224 international students at the FEB at the KU Leuven, and a database with respondents’ grades provided by the FEB. Consequently, (ordered) logit regressions and OLS regressions are carried out to analyze integration and its effect on academic performance. Difficulty to adapt to the academic system and level has a negative effect on academic integration. Furthermore, hours spent on studying, courses and assignments have mixed effects on integration. Different motivations to study abroad and financing means influence integration positively. Moreover, all forms of integration influence each other positively. Integration only has a limited negative effect on academic performance.

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Student exchange programs at the KU Leuven
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Year: 2017 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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This paper investigates the effect of studying abroad on the academic performances of Engineering sciences students at the University of Leuven. Using a private dataset, t-tests, regressions and the propensity score matching strategy are applied to test the academic performance before and after the exchange program. The empirical analysis suggests that a student exchange program has a negative influence on the academic performance; and the effect seems stronger when students go on exchange in the second master. Moreover, the study shows that gender, parental education, bachelor grades and the number of years needed to finish the bachelor degree have a significant effect on the chances to participate in a study exchange program.

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The effect of an exchange program on the academic performance of Science Students

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The aim of this Master thesis was to investigate the effect of an exchange program on the academic performance of students at the faculty of Science at the KU Leuven. Moreover, we checked whether it is advisable in terms of grades to send the student in third bachelor or in first master. In addition, we also investigated if the length of the exchange program had an effect on the academic performance. Initially, we started this research by conducting a thorough review on the existing literature to see why students opt to go on exchange and in addition, what the effects are. Furthermore, to empirically test our research questions, this Master thesis uses a Difference-in-Difference methodological approach. Through the use of STATA, we found that the academic progress Science students make, is smaller for mobile students than for non-mobile students. However, the effect of an exchange program is positive and significant on the weighted grade obtained in the final master year.

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The academic effects of student exchange programs
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Year: 2017 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen

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This thesis examines the academic effects a study period abroad has on students subscribed at the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven. More specifically, this thesis investigates if female students achieve more academic benefits than their male peers after a study period abroad, whether students that study abroad for a year achieve more academic benefits than their peers who study abroad for a semester, and whether it is better to study abroad at a higher ranked university compared to a lower ranked one. The results suggest that a study abroad has no significant effects on the partaker regarding his academic performance upon return to the University of Leuven. There is also no significant difference in the academic performance upon return considering duration of the study abroad, and gender of the partaker. However, it does appear that going on a study abroad to a less acclaimed university is better, on the academic performance of a partaker upon return, than going on a study abroad to a higher ranked university.

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