Our history


The Vlerick Legacy

Vlerick Business School is the oldest business and management school in Europe. Founded in 1953 by the renowned academic, entrepreneur and politician, Professor André Vlerick. Vlerick Business School has been leading innovation in business for well over half a century. As the management school of Belgium’s two largest universities – Ghent University and KU Leuven – the School has built a solid, worldwide reputation as a leading, independent institution with a strong international focus and close ties to both the academic and corporate worlds.

Milestones

1953

Professor André Vlerick founded the Centre for Productivity Studies and Research within Ghent University

1968

Launch of an International MBA programme at KU Leuven

1999

Merger of the MBA programmes at De Vlerick School voor Management and KU Leuven
Foundation of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

2003

Vlerick Ghent Campus moves to the premises of the newly renovated Groot Seminarie in the heart of the city

2006

Opening of the St Petersburg Campus

2007

Vlerick Leuven Campus inaugurates its renovated building in the historic centre of the city

2008

MBA alliance with Peking University in Beijing, China

2010

Alliance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

2011

Vlerick announces the construction of a new campus in Brussels, to be finalised in the Spring of 2013

2012

The School is rebranded Vlerick Business School

2013

Inauguration of the Vlerick Campus in Brussels

2014

Honorary doctorate for top economist Prof Justin Lin together with KULeuven
Appointment of Roch Doliveux as Chairman & Frank Donck as Vice Chairman of Vlerick Business School

2015

Appointment of Alex Joos as Chairman of the Vlerick Alumni Association 
Appointment of Marion Debruyne as Dean of Vlerick Business School

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