Vlerick goes up 6 places in the Economist ‘Which MBA’ Ranking 2011

Recent investments taking time to impact in current economic climate

The full-time MBA programme at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School has been ranked number 41 in the world in the 2011 ‘Which MBA’ ranking by The Economist. This represents an improvement of 6 places in comparison to last year’s 47th position. From a European perspective the School is currently ranked number 13 (up 3 places), consistent with the Financial Times where the School holds the 16th European position in the full-time MBA ranking, and is the number 13 school in the FT European Business School Ranking. In the Benelux Vlerick remains the number one school.

The Economist annually publishes this global ranking of the top 100 full-time MBA programmes across the world. The rankings are based on the job market experiences of students in 2010 and on mid-year interviews with the students that have now graduated. Unlike the Financial Times ranking salary figures are not the main focus of this ranking.

The improvement in the School’s overall position in the world is the early result of progress made in specific underlying criteria: job placement, salary performance and strength of our alumni association to our graduates. “Historically our graduates delayed job hunting until after the programme had finished. Following changes to our programme structure and placement resources we expect these early positive indications to continue and accelerate” says Peter Rafferty, Director of International Business at Vlerick. “Creating relationships with global employers is a long term process which has not been helped by the economic uncertainty in the Eurozone and North American regions” he concluded.

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