In-company projects – where fresh thinking meets real challenges

Theory and practice go hand in hand at Vlerick. So each year, our Masters and MBA students finish their year with an eight-week consultancy project for a company or NGO. In teams of 2 to 3 students they analyse a specific strategic or managerial challenge, develop a practical solution and present it back to the company.

Career Advisor Katrijn Everaerd is coordinating the projects: “We notice that our students are increasingly taking matters into their own hands and reach out to companies themselves, seeking an exciting international experience as well as an optimal fit with their ambitions and values. Current projects include not only established businesses like AB InBev or Barco, but also an architect’s firm, a museum, a hotel resort chain, Veterinarians without Borders and social projects in renewable energy or crowdfunding.
We really try to encourage and support them in getting the most out of their project, either in Belgium or abroad. Next year we will be teaming up with the Forum for Social Entrepreneurship to attract more international projects with a social cause. This is also beneficial for our brand new Masters in International Management and Strategy
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We currently have a grand total of 118 projects with 103 companies. And our students are undertaking them all over the world – in countries including Thailand, Burkina Faso, Chile, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, China, India and Israel. You can find out more about their experiences on Instagram with the hashtag #vlerickicp.

If you have a specific challenge, our students may have the fresh approach to take your business forward. Email [email protected] for more details.

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