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Vlerick Business School
Studying at the Vlerick Business School
Vlerick Business School has deep academic roots. Founded in 1953 by Professor Baron André Vlerick, the School has evolved into the leading business school in Belgium and one of the top business schools in Europe. The School benefits from the amassed knowledge of the two largest Belgian universities, Ghent University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Vlerick focuses on management education and research to meet the needs of managers and entrepreneurs at different stages in their careers. The School offers an International MBA programme and numerous training programmes for company executives. Close connections with the international corporate world lead to practice-based research in cooperation with numerous companies and organisations. Thousands of Vlerick graduates are successfully operating at top management levels in manufacturing, services, consultancy, and the public sector in over 100 countries.
Vlerick is one of the few business schools to hold the three most important accreditations relevant to the world of management education: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. The School has three campuses: Ghent and Leuven (in Belgium) and St.Petersburg (Russia).
Besides the Masters in General Management, the Vlerick Business School also offers other graduate programs in management such as MBA, Part-time MBA, and Modular EMBA, Masters in Financial Management and Masters in Marketing Management.
Many countries claim to be ‘at the heart of Europe’ - but only Belgium really is! Based in the vibrant cities of Ghent, Leuven and Brussels you are less than two hours from Paris, whilst Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam are only three hours away. Brussels is not only the Capital of Belgium, the city also houses the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and many other global institutions. In addition, several thousand international companies have their headquarters or operational centres based in the area. Both Ghent and Leuven are bustling student towns, with beautiful medieval centres highlighted by abbeys, churches, museums and historical buildings.
Recently also a campus in St. Petersburg (Russia) was established. Located on St. Bazil’s island, the campus is right in St.Petersburg's historical and commercial centre, known as the Northern Venice of Russia. In St. Petersburg, the School offers the International Part-time MBA and has hundreds of graduates successfully operating at top management levels in industry, consultancy, services, and in the public sector.
The School's rankings in authoritative listings confirm our position as a top-level European School of Management and open doors to corporate decision-makers across Europe. The internationalisation of the higher education landscape has also focused attention on a school's rankings with regard to its Masters programmes as well.
Vlerick Business School is ranked 15th in the overall Financial Times Business School ranking. We continuously rank in the top 10, value for money for our different programmes!
We value a high ranking as long as it is a result of the improvements the School has made under the stimulus of its own strategic objectives.
Vlerick Business School is one of a select group of institutions in the world to hold all 3 of the major international accreditations relevant to the world of management education: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.
This triple accreditation signifies that Vlerick's management education and research correspond to the highest quality standards in the world. International accreditation is important to the School because it is a distinction that raises the School's recognition, reputation and visibility and, at the same time, provides a benchmark for defining the necessary actions that will place the School on an even higher level.
Why to study here
- Excellent mix of academic knowledge & business expertise
Vlerick Business School's unique approach is to use its academic background to provide programmes that are practical and relevant to business life, thus achieving the difficult balance between theory and practice. Moreover, in addition to providing academic knowledge and business expertise, the School seeks to impart attitudes and skills that underpin a management career. The School's slogan captures the essence of this approach: "We don't teach you, we develop what's already inside you."
- Continual stimulation of entrepreneurship and innovation
Vlerick is aware that it has a responsibility to society. By influencing the social, political, educational and economic environments that have an impact on professional management and entrepreneurship, the School seeks to stimulate a sense of entrepreneurship and innovation in society at large.
- Valuable networking among high-level participants
Vlerick recognises that part of the added value of a management education programme lies in the excellent networking opportunities that the programme affords to current and former participants. The School also actively promotes networking by providing a stimulating forum for the exchange of ideas to alumni from a variety of companies and industries worldwide.