Vlerick in top 30 ranking of Financial Times

Summary

Vlerick Business School, with locations in Ghent, Leuven and Brussels, is number 29 on the Financial Times ranking for Master's in General Mangement

A Q&A with Vlerick Business School programme director Miguel Meuleman

How many schools does the Financial Times monitor? This year, we are in 29th on the list of 70 courses worldwide, making us the best in Flanders. We are steadily climbing on the list: For the second year in a row, we have risen three places, and we progressed two spots in 2011. More specifically, Vlerick this year rose from 10th to eighth place in offering value for money. In the category that judges how schools help students find a good job after graduating, we finished in 11th place, thanks partly to our career services team. All year long, these coaches give tips on subjects such as applying for a job and writing a CV.

What changes have you implemented in recent years?

Increasingly we bring experienced managers to our classrooms and send our students to business workplaces. Managers of large companies such as lingerie manufacturer Van de Velde, based in the East Flanders town of Schellebelle, challenge our students to come up with answers to strategic questions – for example, concerning expansion into international markets. It’s essential that our students acquire a helicopter view of the impact of their decisions, which influence the working of various departments in an enterprise. We also focus on individual coaching of students, with customised advice on their careers.

 

What is the biggest challenge left for Vlerick?

We want to keep raising the international profile of our English-language programme in the coming years. Our collaborations with schools in Beijing, Saint Petersburg and Stellenbosch in South Africa are already gaining us much attention abroad. In the future, we may set up or enter co-operation networks with several international institutions as well. We furthermore try to attract more foreign students by offering online seminars, or “webinars”, to give them a taste of what they can expect. Finally, we also provide an annual international study trip in our programme. Last year, the students visited the Hungarian capital, Budapest.