Successful start of the Vlerick Modular MBA

Last week, Vlerick’s Modular International MBA (MEMBA) Programme set off with no less than 45 new students. An absolute record, since the programme has averaged 31 participants for the past three years. This jump in the number of participants clearly illustrates the growing demand for modular MBA programmes.

The Modular MBA is an 18-month programme, spread over 2 academic years, with classes held mainly on Saturdays and Sundays. This special weekend format not only enables participants to earn an MBA degree whilst continuing to work full-time, it also allows them to pursue an MBA outside of office hours and hence without having to obtain permission from their employer.

Multiple advantages to modular

Furthermore, the weekend formula is a big advantage for women combining education with family life (25% of this year’s group are female) and for international students (either expats living in Belgium or participants from Belgium’s neighbouring countries). Plus, Vlerick’s professors particularly enjoy teaching in this programme, because the participants tend to be more relaxed during the weekend and they are not constantly interrupted by mobile phone calls.

In addition to the weekend sessions, there are 4 intensive residential weeks (from Monday to Sunday) on the Leuven campus. And to top it off, there’s a one-week international study trip, whose past destinations include New York, Beijing, Stellenbosch, St. Petersburg and Mumbai. The study trip offers the participants extra networking opportunities, since they take the trip with their fellow students from the regular part-time MBA programme in Belgium or in Russia.

This year’s student profile is also very diverse: 40% of the participants are non-Belgian. As the participants come from all over the world, the Vlerick Modular MBA is a truly international programme. One student is even flying in from Russia, and two German participants are happily willing to drive 4 hours to attend the programme. Talk about motivation!…


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