Our history


The Vlerick Legacy

Vlerick Business School is the oldest business and management school in Europe. Founded in 1953 by the renowned academic, entrepreneur and politician, Professor André Vlerick. Vlerick Business School has been leading innovation in business for well over half a century. As the management school of Belgium’s two largest universities – Ghent University and KU Leuven – the School has built a solid, worldwide reputation as a leading, independent institution with a strong international focus and close ties to both the academic and corporate worlds.

Milestones

1953

  • Professor André Vlerick founded the Centre for Productivity Studies and Research within Ghent University

1968

  • Launch of an International MBA programme at KU Leuven

1999

  • Merger of the MBA programmes at De Vlerick School voor Management and KU Leuven
  • Foundation of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School

2003

  • Vlerick Ghent Campus moves to the premises of the newly renovated Groot Seminarie in the heart of the city

2006

  • Opening of the St Petersburg Campus

2007

  • Vlerick Leuven Campus inaugurates its renovated building in the historic centre of the city

2008

  • MBA alliance with Peking University in Beijing, China

2010

  • Alliance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

2011

  • Vlerick announces the construction of a new campus in Brussels, to be finalised in the Spring of 2013

2012

  • The School is rebranded Vlerick Business School

2013

  • Inauguration of the Vlerick Campus in Brussels

2014

  • Honorary doctorate for top economist Prof Justin Lin together with KULeuven
  • Appointment of Roch Doliveux as Chairman & Frank Donck as Vice Chairman of Vlerick Business School

2015

  • Appointment of Alex Joos as Chairman of the Vlerick Alumni Association 
  • Appointment of Marion Debruyne as Dean of Vlerick Business School

2016

  • Vlerick remains in the top 15 of best Business Schools in Europe
  • Vlerick launches 2 new specialised Masters programmes (Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Masters in International Management & Strategy)

2017

  • Partnership with Beijing International MBA renewed
  • Launch of the first 100% online MBA in Belgium

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