History of TIAS

Over its short lifespan of 25 years, TIAS School for Business and Society established itself firmly among the top league of European business schools.

1982: Professor Harry Peeters founds the “Tilburgs Instituut voor Academische Studies”.

1986: Tias changes its acronym to denote ‘Tilburg Institute for Advanced Studies’ and makes management education its core business.

1986: The first two master programs were created: ‘Banking and Finance’ and 'Managerial Information Science’ (which still exist today as ‘Master in Finance’ and ‘Master in Information Management’ respectively).

1986-1995: On average one new master program is launched every year.

1996: Professor Philippe Naert takes the reins from dean Harry Peeters who retires in 1996. Naert brings with him an extensive network in both academics and business and will bring the school to growth and maturity.

1996: Tias focuses on post-experience management education only. Contract research, company specific programs and executive education are added to the portfolio of activities.

1999: Tias starts a dual-degree Executive MBA with Purdue University in the United States, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and GISMA in Hanover, Germany.

2001: Tias becomes a private company, with Tilburg University as its sole shareholder.

2004: Eindhoven University of Technology acquires 20% of Tias shares.

2004: Tias integrates the management education activities of Eindhoven University of Technology.

2006: Tias merges with Universiteit Nimbas in Utrecht by acquiring 100% of its shares.

2006: TiasNimbas Fellowship Program expands faculty base to 11.

2007: Lifelong Learning Project with our alumni.

2008: Competence Centre for CBMO is launched.

2008: Globus Competence Centre broadens from Globalisation and Sustainable Development to Corporate Global Responsibility.

2009: Prof. dr. ir. Ramon O’Callaghan takes over from Philippe Naert as Dean of TiasNimbas Business School.

2009: Formal cooperation between TiasNimbas and the School of Economics and Management of Tilburg University to jointly design a new full-time MBA and a suite of Executive Programs.

2010: TiasNimbas ranks in all categories of the Financial Times Ranking for the first time.

2010: Launch new full-time MBA

2012: Prof. dr. Kees Koedijk takes over from Ramon O’Callaghan as Dean of TiasNimbas Business School.

2014: TiasNimbas Business School changes the name to TIAS School for Business and Society.