We are Bart Baesens and Tim Verdonck, the founders of BlueCourses. During the past years, both of us faced some very serious health problems. During our periods of illness, we both retrospectively reflected upon our lives and wondered what we still wanted to accomplish in life. That’s how our BlueCourses concept originated!
Our mission statement with BlueCourses is twofold. First, we would like to disseminate knowledge by offering on-line courses on a variety of topics. The courses will be delivered by internationally recognized colleague professors in the field. The courses will provide a sound mix of theoretical concepts and methods combined with practical insights and case studies. To optimize the learning experience, the courses will be interactively designed with multiple choice questions and discussions. Certificates will be provided upon course completion.
Our second goal is to contribute our share in cleaning up our precious oceans from plastic. Hence, we pledge to invest at least 20% of our EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) to the following companies cleaning up our oceans from plastic:
Transparent bookkeeping will be provided and statements of the funds transferred will be put on our website. Our funds will be transferred in good faith hoping the companies sponsored fully comply with their mission statements.
To conclude, we would like to acknowledge the support of various people, who despite various setbacks kept us going and believed in our mission. Special thanks to Katrien Denys, Nuria Baeten, Oona Verdonck, Ann-Sophie Baesens, Victor Baesens, Hannelore Baesens, Maria Óskarsdóttir, Joachim Van Calster, Wouter Verbeke, Wilfried Lemahieu, Christophe Mues and Seppe vanden Broucke.
Bart Baesens, Tim Verdonck, Brugge (Belgium), August 10th, 2019.