Vlerick Business School keeps up its progress amongst other European schools in the 2012 Financial Times Full-time MBA ranking

Asian and Latin American schools are moving up in great force

After a steep climb of 32 places last year, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School has backed up 15 places in the 2012 Financial Times Full-time MBA Ranking. The School went from the 55th position in the world – its highest position ever achieved – to number 70. However, when we merely consider the School’s position within Europe the change was minor, even rising 1 place to number 17 as compared to last year’s 18th position.

When taking a closer look at the key indicator results that combined determine a school’s position in the ranking, we can conclude that Vlerick continues to be excellent value for money. The School holds the number 1 spot for return on investment in Europe, which means a rise from number 2 last year. From a worldwide perspective Vlerick holds the 5th position.

A second conclusion than can be made based on the ranking is that Vlerick’s internationalisation is making progress with alumni having impressive international careers after graduation. The School is number 6 in Europe and number 7 in the world for its so-called ‘International Mobility Rank’. As for the international elements of the courses (i.e. the ‘International Experience Rank’) the School holds the 6th place in Europe (number 14 in the world).

Peter Rafferty, Director of International Business at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School: The drop of 15 places in the overall ranking clearly seems to reflect the normal shuffling of American programmes with the continued rise of Asian and even Latin American schools in the ranking. However, in Europe we have actually risen 1 place to 17 from last year’s 18th position. This is a very good result considering the difficult economic conditions Europe is facing at the moment.

Philippe Haspeslagh, Dean of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School: “As in business the MBA ranking underscores how the global playing field is shifting. For MBA applicants who chose to study in Europe however the Vlerick MBA is more attractive than ever.

The one year full-time English language MBA at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School currently has 64 students from 33 different nationalities, of which 30% are women. The average age of the students is 30 with an average of 6 years of working experience. The programme runs in the Vlerick Leuven campus starting each year in September.

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