Accreditations & rankings

Triple-accredited and ranked among Europe’s best business schools

Since renowned academic, entrepreneur and politician André Vlerick founded our school in 1953, Vlerick has grown into an independent, international institution. Of course, we still have strong roots with our parent universities, Ghent University and KU Leuven. But we also have our own reputation for excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

We’re part of a select group of business schools worldwide that are triple accredited – and we consistently rank among Europe’s best business schools.


We belong to a select group of business schools worldwide that are accredited by the three major international bodies that assess management education quality: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. This triple accreditation recognises our commitment to setting the very highest standards in both management education and research. 

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  • EQUIS: The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) assesses, improves and accredits business schools around the world. It is run by EFMD – a global organisation dedicated to management that’s acknowledged by students, academia and the corporate world. We were first awarded the EQUIS quality certification in 2001 and have been fully re-accredited every five years since – in 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2021.
  • AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a global organisation dedicated to the development of management education and creating the next generation of great leaders. Vlerick received its first AACSB accreditation in 2004 – and our accreditation has been extended every five years since then – in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
  • AMBA: The Association of MBAs (AMBA) is the international MBA quality certification authority on postgraduate management education. AMBA’s goal is to raise the profile and quality standards of business education worldwide. Vlerick's MBA and Masters in General Management programmes were first awarded a five-year AMBA accreditation in 2001 – and were re-accredited in 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2021.
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  • NVAO: All of our MBA and Masters programmes are accredited by NVAO – the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. This quality assurance agency safeguards the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders by accrediting degree programmes and assessing the quality assurance of higher education institutions.  


Ever since our first appearance in the leading management education rankings, we have been ranked among Europe’s best business schools. However important these rankings are, though, they are not a priority for us at Vlerick. Our rankings are only relevant if they are the result of strategic improvements. Our goal is to lead, rather than follow, the process of innovation. 


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Financial Times rankings

The Financial Times (FT) is regarded as one of the world’s leading news organisations – and is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Each year, the FT’s business education department publishes rankings – for both institutions and specific programmes.  

European Business School ranking (2020)224
MBA rankings

Executive MBA ranking (2020)44085
Masters rankings

Masters in Management (2020) 22835
Masters in Finance (2021)12528
Executive Education (2022) 

Combined ranking11623
Open programmes 12126
Customised programmes11323

You can find all the rankings on the FT website.

QS rankings

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics and insight in the higher education sector. They launched the QS World University Rankings portfolio in 2004 – and it has become the world’s most popular source of data comparing universities’ performance.  

MBA rankings 

Online MBA (2021)169
Global MBA (2021) 12252
Executive MBA (2020) 22834
Masters rankings 

Masters in Marketing (2021)11115
Masters in Management (2021)22729
Masters in Finance (2021)32638

The Economist rankings

The Economist is an international publication that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics and technology. It’s based in London, with core editorial offices in both the US and major European cities. The Economist publishes a variety of rankings for business schools and undergraduate universities. 

Masters rankings

Masters in Management (2020)23035
Masters in Finance (2020)11923

Our parent universities

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