IBA STAR Programme

The STAR programme is an excellence pathway within the IBA programme offered to 10% of students who are ambitious and want to deepen their learning experience.

In the IBA STAR programme the participating students will be involved in different projects for the modules 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The STAR-projects differ from the regular projects by having the following learning ambitions:


1. More in-depth literature, additional reading and discussions.

2. The level of understanding reached on the theories of the modules by discussions with experts and practitioners.

3. Application of the theories in more complex and more realistic situations.


4.More research orientation, generation of new knowledge.

5.Business methods and leadership: decision making, planning, organizing, collaboration.

6.Reflective learning: philosophical, epistemological and ethical assumptions recognition and discussion.

7.Reasoning and structuring of thoughts in texts.

Each module may vary in terms of how much of these extra learning goals will be offered.


Participation in the STAR programme is possible by selection. Selection will be organised per module. Grades will be part of the selection criteria, but motivation and the shown (study) behaviour will be used for selection as well. The last means that students who are active participants in educational activities and bring added value to our programme are welcome to apply for the IBA STAR programme too. The module coordinators and teachers of the previous module(s) will be consulted in selection decisions. Students will be invited to participate by the module coordinator of the module and will be selected according to the criteria stipulated above.


1. As a pre-requisite for passing the STAR project of a module, the student must have passed the module.

2. The level of knowledge gained in the STAR project must be at least one level higher in Bloom's learning levels taxonomy than in the regular module. Bloom's taxonomy assumes the following levels: 1) Knowledge, 2) Understanding, 3) Application, 4) Analysis, 5) Synthesis, and 6) Evaluation. Because projects aim at application (as the minimum), the minimum level of understanding reached of the module's disciplinary knowledge must be Analysis, but more likely Synthesis and Evaluation will be aimed for.


Students who successfully complete the STAR programme may be eligible for graduation with distinction as outlined in the IBA programme-specific part of the Education and Examination Regulations (EER)