Vlerick continues to be highly prized for Executive Education in Europe

Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education 2012

In the 2012 Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education, Vlerick Business School has consolidated its position among the top European providers of executive education. The School remains the absolute Number 1 in the Benelux. Within Europe, Vlerick holds the 18th position, retaining its place in the Top 20Worldwide – which includes more than 6,000 business schools – the School is listed 42nd.


The FT ranking for Executive Education includes open programmes (general management programmes for executives and entrepreneurs from various companies and with various backgrounds) and company-specific programmes(specialised programmes tailored to a company’s specific needs).

Patrick De Greve, General Director Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, comments: “We were already Number 1 in the combined ranking – but now we’re also in first place in the two sub-rankings: the Open Ranking (still first place in the Benelux), and the Company Specific Ranking (where we have risen from third place in the Benelux to Number 1). The score in this last ranking is especially rewarding for the years we’ve worked to develop tailored and solution-focused programmes for organisations and their managers.

“The confirmation of our position by our customers is a beautiful achievement following two very economically turbulent years. We can draw several lessons from the results of the FT Ranking for Executive Education. First of all, our customers are convinced of the relevance and impact of our high-quality instructors and, to an increasing degree, they are valuing innovation in our approach to learning (for example, business games, blended learning solution, and so on). Second, the trend towards intensive internationalisation within the business school landscape is growing stronger. Years ago, Vlerick made a conscious choice to opt for internationalisation of our programmes, professors, students, alumni and companies, as well as our campuses in Russia (St. Petersburg) and China (Beijing) and our alliance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. And third, we see that topics like innovation, strategy and leadership stand high among our customers’ needs.”

Last year, a total of 7,083 entrepreneurs and managers followed courses at Vlerick. They participated in 208 different programmes: 80 open programmes (3,694 participants) and 128 company-specific programmes (3,389 participants). Both international as well as local companies – such as AGC, Aliaxis, Arseus, Bayer Shering Pharma, Bekaert, Belgacom, Bostik, CRH, Deloitte, Dexia, Electrabel, Etex, Rabobank, BNP Paribas Fortis, Swift, Telenet and Umicore – send their managers to the School.

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