Masters in Financial Management programme amongst top 25 in Europe

Results of the ‘Financial Times Global Masters in Finance 2021’ ranking

Vlerick’s Masters in Financial Management programme has confirmed its position in this year’s Financial Times Global Masters in Finance Ranking amongst the top 25 schools in Europe and top 30 globally. And in the Benelux, we maintain our number 1 position. The 2021 edition of the ranking lists 55 programmes worldwide. Our CFA-accredited programme provides an excellent broad and in-depth corporate finance education, complemented with relevant managerial skills. Despite of the challenges caused by Covid-19 with regards to studying abroad, our programme currently has 70 students representing 15 different nationalities.

According to Professor Wouter De Maeseneire (Director Masters programmes at Vlerick) this result is a great achievement, especially within the market of finance programmes that is now severely competitive, due to the development of new Asian business schools but also since some renowned US and European business schools have launched a specialised finance Masters.

“We are therefore very satisfied to see we could confirm our position amongst the top finance programmes, which is reflective of the programme’s added value and our relentless efforts to further optimise it and keep it up to date with new trends emerging in the world of business and finance.”

Our performance is driven by the outstanding career services we provide, for which we rank 13th in Europe. This also spills over in our local and international students securing excellent jobs within Belgium as well as internationally. The latter is reflected in our excellent score on international mobility, which measures the changes in the country of employment of our alumni. For this criterion, we have gone up 8 places and now rank 17th in the world. This clearly shows that the career paths of our Masters in Financial Management alumni are becoming increasingly international. The successful career of our graduates is equally reflected in their salaries which have increased more compared to the average salary improvement of all other schools in the ranking.

Another explanation for our performance is the exceptionally strong scores for ‘value for money’ (11th), and for ‘international course experience’ (18th). On top of the finance trips to London and Amsterdam, students can opt for an extended international experience by doing their in-company consultancy project abroad or going on an exchange programme to Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany or EDHEC in France.

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