Vlerick Executive MBA is number 1 in Belgium according to annual Financial Times ranking

  • Number 1 in Belgium
  • Number 2 in the Benelux
  • Number 25 in Europe
  • Number 70 in the world

According to the most recent ranking by the Financial Times, the Executive MBA programme at Vlerick Business School is the absolute number 1 in Belgium and number 2 in the Benelux. Within this top 100, we have climbed 3 places, to number 70 in the world. At a European level too, we have made a leap forward; moving up two places to number 25.

With this result, we are continuing the upward trend of the last five years. This is confirmation that our ongoing work to continuously improve and internationalise the programme has been fruitful. The Executive MBA programme at Vlerick is spread over two teaching days every three weeks and takes place over a total of 18 months. We are the only school in the Benelux to offer a weekend formula. There is also a combination formula with lessons on Fridays and Saturdays.

According to Professor Koen Dewettinck, Director of Executive MBA Programmes at Vlerick Business School, our number 1 position is mainly thanks to our efforts to make the programme even more international. In terms of the international study experience, we have risen no fewer than 23 places; we are currently number 25 worldwide for this criterion.
Anyone choosing an Executive MBA at Vlerick will have many opportunities to gain international experience. For the international study trip, there is a choice between China and South Africa. The participants are completely immersed in the local business culture. A study trip to Silicon Valley is also part of the programme in relation to the entrepreneurship lessons. The focus is on start-ups and their development. Finally, the participants can customise the programme to their own interests and professional ambitions through elective modules. The module on digital leadership takes place integrally in Dublin.”

We have seen a pleasing climb of 18 places in terms of work experience prior to the programme as well. The Financial Times takes into account the function level of the participants, the number of years’ work experience for each role, the company size and their experience abroad. Koen Dewettinck: “On average, people who complete an Executive MBA with us have 12 years’ work experience in a wide range of sectors. To a large extent, the strength of our programme is in the quality of the participants. The group dynamic, the networking and learning from each other is very important.”

Our alumni are also very satisfied with the degree to which their objectives or reasons for completing an Executive MBA have been met. We score 75% for this criterion. Finally, the investment in this programme translates into a good improvement in terms of salary for the participants. The average salary increase after graduation amounts to 52%.

The next edition of our Executive MBA (weekend formula) starts on 9 January 2017. For more information contact liesbeth.debaere@vlerick.com.

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