Vlerick confirms its position within the top European providers of executive education

Financial Times Ranking Executive Education 2011

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School has consolidated its position in the Financial Times Ranking 2011 for Executive Education. The School has confirmed its position as number 1 in the Benelux and retained its place within the top 20 in Europe. On a global scale – in which more than 6,000 business schools are active – the School has evolved into maintaining a permanent top 40 spot, being listed as 35th.

The FT ranking for Executive Education includes open programmes (general management programmes for executives and entrepreneurs from various companies and with various backgrounds) on the one hand and company-specific programmes (specialised programmes tailored to the needs of companies) on the other.

Patrick De Greve, General Director Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, comments:This confirmation of our position is a fine accomplishment after two economically turbulent years. Unfortunately the financial and economic crisis has meant that training and development of management talent have not always been a company’s top priority.

From the results of the FT ranking for Executive Education we can deduct the following key learning lessons. There is a strong trend towards internationalisation within the business school landscape continued even more intensively in 2010. Among other indications, this is evidenced by a number of new South American and African business schools that have entered this ranking for the first time. Clearly, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School made the right decision by opting (years ago already) to internationalise our programmes, faculty, students, alumni and companies, as well as our campuses in Russia and China, and our partnership with the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. So, our high scores in this ranking in the areas of diversity of participants (top 15 in the world) and diversity of faculty (top 25 in the world) are no surprise, but rather the result of years of sustained investment.

Finally, this result is also a sign of the confidence that our clients and alumni have in the School as their preferred, long-term partner for high-level Executive Education. The recognition by our clients both in open and company-specific programmes strengthens our deep belief that high quality faculty and innovation in our didactics are part of an ongoing process to stimulate learning journeys with impact for our clients. Key topics that are on the rise today are innovation, strategy and leadership.”

Last year, a total of 7,575 entrepreneurs and managers followed courses at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. They participated in 210 different programmes: 90 open programmes (4,123 participants) and 120 company-specific programmes (3,452 participants). Both international as well as local companies – such as AGC, Aliaxis, Arseus, Bayer Shering Pharma, Bekaert, Belgacom, Bostik, CRH, Deloitte, Dexia, Electrabel, Etex, Rabobank, BNP Paribas Fortis, Swift, Telenet and Umicore – send their managers to the School.

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