Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is up 32 places in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2011

Vlerick MBA at 55th position worldwide is highest ranking ever

With a rise of 32 places in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of 2011 – a climb from 87th to 55th position – Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is the fastest climbing full-time MBA in Europe and the third fastest climbing full-time MBA in the world.

The Financial Times worldwide ranking of full-time MBA programmes is considered to be the industry leader in MBA rankings. With circa 3,500 business schools worldwide, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School is the only Belgian school to play a role in this top 100 ranking. In 2008 the School entered the FT Global MBA Ranking for the first time on position N° 97.

Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School: “In view of the difficult market conditions this significant rise is a tremendous achievement and the result of several years of hard work. A transition like this is not easy or automatic. Achieving the 55th place in the world and a top 20 position in Europe is something we are thankful for and which also puts us in a good point of departure to further progress this year.”

Peter Rafferty, Director of International Business at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, comments: “When taking a closer look at the key indicator results that combined determine a school’s position, we can conclude that Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School’s excellent result is largely driven by the average salary increase reported by the graduates (up from 65% to 87%). Secondly, there’s the consequent leap in value for money where we rise from 14th position to 3rd best worldwide.”

Last year’s full-time MBA programme also saw the introduction of the Vlerick Giving Something Back project, allowing the students to use the skills they’ve acquired with a focus on the social and environmental aspects of business rather than on merely the financial perspectives. As part of the curriculum, all full-time MBA students have to undertake a community or environmental project at an NGO or non-profit organisation in Belgium or abroad. This project has caused the indicator international experience to rise from 42 to 10 worldwide. The international mobility after graduation has improved as well, moving up from 42 up to 7. Other indicators that played a role in Vlerick’s rise are female student percentage which has improved from 24% to 37%.

The one year full-time English language MBA at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School currently has 87 students from 43 different nationalities, of which 37% are women. The average age of the students is 29,5 with an average of 6 years of working experience. The programme runs in the Vlerick Leuven campus starting each year in September.

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