Vlerick firmly established among Europe's top management programmes

Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2014

The latest Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education reinforces Vlerick Business School's position as an outstanding partner for management programmes. In the Benelux, Vlerick is and remains the absolute number 1. But Vlerick has also succeeded in strengthening its position in the top group among the 6,000 business schools active on the worldwide stage, as well as within Europe. The school has risen 5 places worldwide, climbing from 39 to 34. In Europe, Vlerick is ranked number 17, rising 3 places from last year.

The FT ranking for Executive Education consists on the one hand of open management programmes (4 to 20 day programmes for executives and entrepreneurs) and on the other hand of customised programmes (internal training programme pathways within companies, for specific target groups with unique needs).

Programmes with impact

Vlerick owes this positive result to the fact that it has thoroughly and consistently opted to continue creating impactful management programmes. "The ranking clearly shows that almost all the criteria on which we are making strong headway are criteria where the unique impact plays a role," says Director General Patrick De Greve. "Our participants are extremely satisfied with the practically applicable skills and concepts that they are able to implement from their first day back on the work floor. Our initial guidance and follow-up after the programme are also highly appreciated. The fact that we are making good progress on these specific criteria demonstrates that the expertise of the faculty and programme managers in this area is paying off. Finally, the best proof of our participants' and companies' satisfaction is their positive references and the fact that our customers keep coming back."

Together we are stronger

"The cooperation with other business schools is paying off," says Hannelore Waterschoot, Business Manager Open Programmes. "Participants indicate that they are very satisfied with the quality and extra dimension provided by the programmes we organise with our partner organisations."





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Customised programmes on the rise, more international than ever before

Vlerick has certainly improved every year since 2011 in terms of internal programmes within companies. "From 23rd place in 2011, we have risen to number 16 this year. This is the reward for years of hard work spent developing customised and solution-focussed programmes for companies and their talented people," says Alexandre Segers, Business Manager Customised Programmes. "Over the years we have seen a large increase in the number of international customers. Vlerick trains managers all around the world, including China, South Africa, India, Russia and the US."





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Overseas programmes




Positive future prospects

Hannelore and Alexandre have a positive future outlook. Hannelore: "The innovations we have introduced over the years, such as a personalised learning pathway and international cooperations for new top programmes will only improve these results." Alexandre adds: "The results also encourage us to further increase the impact, through solutions for e-learning and blended learning."

Last year, a total of 8,459 entrepreneurs and managers completed programmes at Vlerick Business School. 3,796 chose one of the 69 open programmes. Vlerick also developed 140 customised programmes specifically for 4,663 participants at international and local companies, including 3M, AGC, Aliaxis, Besix, Bostik, Carrefour, DSM, Etex, Janssen, KBC, Mondelez, Nestlé, Rabobank, Tenax, Umicore, USG People and Vesuvius.



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