A business school without borders TEXT: ARNE ADRIAENSSENS | PHOTOS: VLERICK
Today’s business scene is global. To prepare yourself well for a life in it, you had better roam the earth while studying. At Vlerick, the Benelux’ best business school, all students cross borders aplenty while improving their business skills. “Studying at Vlerick is so much more than just passively absorbing knowledge.” Since its foundation in 1953, Vlerick has grown to become one of Europe’s finest business schools. Where its initial goal was to stimulate entrepreneurship and ambition in Belgium, it now does so worldwide. Besides its three Belgian campuses in Brussels, Ghent and Leuven, it has alliances in New Delhi (India), Cape Town (South Africa) and Beijing (China). Here, as well, it provides 34 | Issue 74 | February 2020
the same top-level education and research with a strong focus on innovation and digital transformation.
The world’s relevant business crossroads Furthermore, the lion’s share of their prestigious programmes has international allure galore. “Our Global Executive MBA, for example, is an unaltered global experience,” states Marion Debruyne, Dean of Vlerick. “It prepares our students to become tomorrow’s greatest in a unique and dynamic way.” Besides its five topical, online modules (which you can follow from home), the programme consists of six residential weeks where the students and teachers meet at the world’s most relevant business crossroads. Besides the two residential weeks in Belgium, the
students head to Spain, Brazil, Silicon Valley and South Korea. “Rather than gathering our international group of students on our own campuses, we prefer taking them to where the action happens and immersing them in it. We have unrooted Vlerick from its Belgian soil and elevated it to a global level. It is impossible to discover the global business scene while staying in one place.”
Personal development and action learning Where the Global Executive MBA is only for business professionals with at least ten years on the counter, younger business prodigies can start an international Vlerick adventure with the Masters in International Management and Strategy, a full-time, ten-month programme with