Vlerick remains the absolute No. 1 in the Benelux for management and entrepreneurial education

Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2015

The latest Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education confirms Vlerick Business School’s solid position as pre-eminent partner for executive education. In the Benelux, now for the fourth year in a row, Vlerick is the absolute No. 1. In Europe, we are a solid No. 18. At the global level as well – in an extremely competitive environment of more than 6,000 business schools – Vlerick has succeeded in securing its position in the top echelon: at No. 34. “Vlerick has achieved this fine result thanks to the deliberate and steadfast choice to create management programmes that have a unique impact. In a word: programmes that make a difference,” says General Director Patrick De Greve.

The FT Ranking for Executive Education takes into account both open management programmes (programmes of 4 - 20 days for executives and entrepreneurs) and customised programmes (programmes designed for a particular target group within a specific company).

OPEN PROGRAMMES

2014

2015

Growth

New skills & learning

34

23

+11

Follow-up

24

14

+10

Teaching methods & materials

33

24

+9

Aims achieved

33

26

+7

With regard to the separate ranking for open programmes, Vlerick Business School has risen 4 places to No. 32 in the world.

This rise is especially the result of a number of criteria that we have really dedicated ourselves to, and dared to take decisions on, over the last four years,” says Patrick De Greve. “Our participants are extremely pleased with the practical applicability and relevance of our programmes. Our investments in new forms of learning before, during and after the programmes are paying off. The participants appreciate our choice to make them the centre of the programmes and to offer them a personalised learning path. Our clients and alumni are very satisfied with the results achieved – and that should be our ultimate goal. Even after the programme, our participants can count on the necessary guidance and follow-up. ‘Lifelong learning’ is not an empty concept for us – and learning from and with each other is becoming more and more important. Together with a strong and dynamic alumni association, we’re making a difference.

CUSTOMISED PROGRAMMES

2014

2015

Growth

International clients

51

17

+34

Future use

31

24

+7

New skills & learning

46

40

+6

Teaching methods & materials

49

44

+5

And with regard to the customised programmes, Vlerick Business School once again holds the top position in the Benelux in a very competitive market. Worldwide, Vlerick stands at No. 43.

The steady increase in the number of international clients shows that our years of effort in developing relevant, pragmatic and solutions-focused programmes for companies and their talent are being rewarded,” says Patrick De Greve. “By providing local and, to a growing degree, international organisations with top-quality programmes, our faculty and programme managers are contributing to the competitiveness, prosperity and well-being of these organisations and our region. Other competitiveness studies also show that our international clients value the excellent quality of our programmes, our faculty, and our research. We can certainly be proud that education is gaining importance as one of our country’s export products.”

Patrick De Greve concludes: “We are aware that rankings can make (or break) a business school’s reputation and success – but we are also aware that the seeds of success can conceal the fruits of failure. Our outstanding performance in this ranking is the result of talented employees, top faculty, satisfied clients, intensive internationalisation, respect for diversity and dynamic alumni.

Last year, a total of 7,457 entrepreneurs and managers participated in a programme at Vlerick Business School. 3,562 chose one of the 80 open programmes. In addition, Vlerick developed 141 programmes tailored specifically for 3,895 participants from both international and local companies, including: Aliaxis, Atlas Copco, Beeline, Besix, Bostik, Carrefour, DSM, Etex, Janssen, KBC, Nestlé, Rabobank, USG People and Vesuvius.

 

 

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