Discover Benelux | Top Flemish Education | Building a Bright Future!
No less than 1,425,416 people are currently studying full-time in Flanders. Most of them are primary or secondary school pupils, but a staggering 250,000 of them are people following a bachelor’s, Masters or PhD programme. This eagerness to learn is stimulated by the region’s high educational standards, its reasonable tuition costs and the superb guidance which is provided along the way.
A good report card
Vlerick Business School. .
That good report card is, of course, not an achievement of the Flemish colleges and universities alone. Credit where credit is due: primary and secondary schools succeed in tickling their pupils’ curiosity and inquisitiveness. From the age of 12 onwards, Flemish youngsters start exploring their own paths. With the dawn of every new academic year, they can reassess or specialise their field of expertise. In brief, they can choose between four levels: general education (ASO), technical education (TSO), arts educational (KSO) and vocational training (BSO). Each of those offers specialisations galore. In total, you can graduate in 643 different majors, varying from ballet and automotive engineering to sports sciences or even world gastronomy.
tions for the future. Whatever ASO-, TSOor KSO-trajectory you opt for, the diploma you get in the end is an entrance ticket for all colleges and universities. In practice, however, the university benches are mainly filled with ASO-students, whereas TSOand KSO-students usually go to college. BSO-students who want to run for a higher degree have to stay a seventh year in secondary school before the college and university doors open for them.
Opening doors for the future
Something for everyone
Although this system might seem very specific, it does not limit the youngster’s op-
In the field of higher education, the offer is extensive as well. Belgium’s oldest uni-
College of Europe.
versity, the KU Leuven, dates from 1425 and is still rated 81st in the world. Together with the universities in Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels and Hasselt, they offer a wide package of courses in a multitude of domains. Regarding colleges, on the other hand, the list of possible schools and trajectories is long and diverse. This healthy competition stimulates them even more to offer the best possible courses. In this month’s special guide, we present our pick of the region’s finest educational establishments: for everyone from the youngest learners to the perpetual student.
Antwerp Management School
Sustainability College Bruges.
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