Vlerick Business School is a leading international business school... with a difference. What truly sets us apart is not just what we do but the spirit in which we do it. The Vlerick spirit is defined by openness, vitality, pragmatism and a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a spirit that can be found in every aspect of our school and our activities.
Vlerick’s foundations lie in our enthusiastic and highly motivated staff¬ who are energetic, dedicated, and happy to go the extra mile to make things happen. This sense of energy can be felt on our inspiring and vibrant campuses in the sociable university cities of Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and St. Petersburg. Here people can exchange ideas, develop new initiatives and drive their careers forward.
The infrastructure of our campuses fosters an open exchange and collaboration. We are flexible, approachable, cooperative and open to new ideas and ways of working, new perspectives and new ventures. Since our foundation in 1953, this openness has resulted in fully-accredited, world-class education programmes tailored to meet the needs of both students and executives. Our programmes are founded on a strong tradition of innovative and independent research, which is grounded in reality, connecting theory with practice. Since our research is set to meet the agenda of the business community, it is issue-driven and highly relevant.
Via our innovative and pragmatic teaching methods, we build knowledge and provide the tools, skills and connections that individuals and organisations need. Each year, we admit about 800 students to our MBA and Masters programmes, and we develop over 80 open enrolment programmes and 100 customised programmes for around 6,000 executives. We practice what we teach, combining a healthy mix of theoretical knowledge and practical insight. This ‘learning through doing’ is applied via hands-on business cases, in-company projects, interactive group assignments, business games and boot camps. To deliver this high-quality teaching, we boast 200 staff and faculty. Our versatile professors are internationally recognised experts in their fields who maintain close ties to the corporate world and bring real insight to the classroom and beyond.
Finally, we consistently look beyond our own backyard, whose heart lies in Belgium. A global network of students, alumni and corporate and academic partners connect together to learn, develop and improve. Our MBA students come from 40 different countries, and our 17,000 alumni represent the school in over 100 countries, embracing and shaping our network. Along with close ties to Ghent University and KU Leuven, we have forged alliances with over 40 international business schools, such as Peking University and the University of Stellenbosch Business School. We have also established partnerships with 400 companies and multinational corporations. Finally, we are consistently ranked amongst the top business schools in Europe and the world.
It is all these elements together that have made Vlerick Business School the leading institution it is today. A place where change represents opportunity. Change challenges us to think ahead and find new solutions for tomorrow’s world. We can help organisations as well as individuals evolve in response to new realities of global business in the future.