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Department of Business Processes and Information Systems

Heerlen, Netherlands
Information Systems

Summary

The Open University of the Netherlands offers courses, bachelor and masterprogrammes in Dutch. Only a limited number of courses is offered in English. Studying at the Open University of the Netherlands allows professionals to sharpen their skills. In fact, many of its students already have degrees and take one or more courses to acquire additional know-how or to retrain for a different occupation.

Students enrolled at the Open University of the Netherlands are following one of the university's courses or fully accredited Bachelor or Master degree programmes. About 60% of these students remain in paid employment throughout their studies, and nearly 35% have enrolled because it leaves them free to choose their own time and place of study and lets them progress at their own pace.

Study programmes

Courses

Besides academic programmes, students can choose from nearly 300 modular courses. This modular course system implies that student can enrol either for full-length degree programmes or choose to study one or more courses.

Bachelor and Master degree programmes

The Open University of the Netherlands offers fully accredited Bachelor or Master degree programmes in Law, Management, Computer Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Cultural Sciences, Learning Sciences and Psychology. We offer - in participation with partners - the MBA programmes: Euro*MBA.

Short programmes

Students can also follow short programmes. These include short vocational training courses, postgraduate courses and short undergraduate programmes, which are developed in co-operation with universities of professional education (hbo), academic universities, professional bodies or commercial companies.

Free courses and MOOC's

We provide MOOC's, short courses and masterclasses for free or for a small fee. These free courses are mainly in Dutch. Look at the Dutch website for more information.

On a commercial basis we offer open enrolment programmes and in-company and customized training programmes. 

Bachelor Programs

A broad bachelor focusing on the field of Information Science. The program is offered online and can be taken part-time and full-time. Program is NVAO accredited (like all academic programs in The Netherlands) and has been rated best Information Science program in 2017.

Main themes covered by the program:

- Modelling and systems development

- Data and Information Management

- Programming and technology

- Organizations and management

- Project Management

- Academic competences and research methods

Courses are mainly taught in Dutch but the Master Business Process Management & IT is now transforming into a fully English program.

Master Programs

Students will learn to analyze the structure and performance of existing business processes, to design new systems and to redesign existing systems. The analysis will look at possible improvements through innovative use of IT. They will take explicit account of how improvements
can be achieved and how the organization-wide impact of new IT facilities can be properly embedded. They will also explore the world of 'big data', meaning the application of data analysis within the organization and the organization and management thereof.

People

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Prof.dr.ir. Remko Helms is a full-professor in Information Systems at Open University in Heerlen since 2013. He studied applied physics at Fontys Hogeschool and received his bachelor degree cum laude. After that he received his master (cum laude) from Eindhoven University of Technology in Management Science & Industrial Engineering.

In 1996 Remko started to work as a business consultant for M.I.S. Organisatie-ingenieurs, and later EDS, supporting business and information managers in the introduction and implementation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. Soon he started a PhD in early 1997 at Eindhoven University Technology and wrote a dissertation on Product Data Management as enabler for Concurrent Engineering. After receiving his PhD in 2002 he continued working as a business consultant and late 2003 he decided to continue a full time academic career at Utrecht University (till April 2016).

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Prof.dr. Rob J. Kusters (1957) obtained his master degree in econometrics at the Catholic University of Brabant in 1982 and his Phd. in operations management at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1988. He is professor of 'ICT and Business Processes' at the Dutch Open University in Heerlen where he is responsible for the master program 'Business Process Management and IT'. He is also an associate professor of 'IT Enabled Business Process Redesign' at Eindhoven University of Technology. He published over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and co-authored six books. Research focuses on project and process performance, IT-Governance, software quality and software management.

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Prof.dr.ir. Remko Helms is a full-professor in Information Systems at Open University in Heerlen since 2013. He studied applied physics at Fontys Hogeschool and received his bachelor degree cum laude. After that he received his master (cum laude) from Eindhoven University of Technology in Management Science & Industrial Engineering.

In 1996 Remko started to work as a business consultant for M.I.S. Organisatie-ingenieurs, and later EDS, supporting business and information managers in the introduction and implementation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. Soon he started a PhD in early 1997 at Eindhoven University Technology and wrote a dissertation on Product Data Management as enabler for Concurrent Engineering. After receiving his PhD in 2002 he continued working as a business consultant and late 2003 he decided to continue a full time academic career at Utrecht University (till April 2016).

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