Vlerick Business School enjoys a number of advantages through its relationship with its two parent universities − Ghent University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. This parentage and background, combined with the School's autonomous position, provide the best of both worlds. Major advantages are:
- having a sufficiently large critical mass of professors to benefit (especially abroad) from the academic reputations of these two eminent universities,
- having the ability to develop a fundamental research dimension within the School,
- having the ability to build synergies among the various research areas and among the educational programmes,
- having an external body be responsible for monitoring quality,
- and having its students and personnel benefit from the universities' social services and facilities.
The collaboration is promoted through a standing consultative committee representing the School and its parent universities. This creates a forum from which the collaboration can be examined, stimulated and evaluated. The reputations of the three institutions reinforce each other internationally, not least of all because they operate in complementary ‘markets’.
The added value for the School is clear: there is room for its own decisive, market-oriented direction and, at the same time, there is a mature academic foundation with a rich and broad research tradition.
Ghent is known for its castles, cathedrals, abbeys, beguinages and museums: a stroll through Ghent is a tour through European political and cultural history. At the same time Ghent is an important university city. Opened on 9 October 1817, Ghent University now forms an integral part of the complex network of European universities and is involved in many European Community projects, both in research and in education. Ghent is also the home of numerous high-tech companies, particularly in the biotechnology sector.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)
Leuven has been known for its university ever since the 15th century. The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was founded on 9 December 1425. The old university boasted a series of influential figures: Gerard Mercator, famous for his map projection, and Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy, to name but two. During the last century, Leuven became an important industrial area. Today, the city and the university play an important role in creating employment for the entire region. Ancient churches, chapels and abbeys are landmarks in a young and vibrant environment. The presence of the university has stimulated the creation of many high-tech companies, which are often spin-offs from the university.
The St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO)
The St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, founded in Russia over 100 years ago plays a leading role in preparing highly skilled specialists in the advanced technologies and sciences of the 21st century. The university and other educational institutions in the St. Petersburg area have developed today’s professional education in this region.