This multicultural city blends architectural beauty with creativity and innovative thinking
Walking into our Ghent campus can feel like you’re walking back in time. But this beautiful, historical building has all the modern facilities to provide innovative learning experiences. It’s where we host many open executive and customised programmes, our Masters in General Management, Masters in Marketing & Digital Transformation and Executive MBA.
You’ll find us in the very heart of the city’s historical centre – surrounded by both beautiful architecture and modern boutiques and restaurants.
The Great Seminary, which houses our campus, was completed in 1914. Before seminary students could use it, however, German troops turned it into a barracks. The first seminarist took up residence in 1926. In 2003, the building was given a new purpose as Vlerick campus. The stained glass windows and religious statues of the deconsecrated chapel now share space with cutting-edge facilities – including 25 breakout rooms and eight lecture spaces.
Enter our campus, and you’ll find yourself in the atrium – a secluded courtyard where students and faculty gather to eat lunch, catch up on reading and relax. You’ll also see a magnificent piece of art – Italian Life by Panamarenko, one of Belgium’s most important sculptors and visual artists – on the floor of the atrium. You’ll be surprised and delighted by ancient and modern art throughout our campus – which is a truly creative and inspirational place to study.
Access the latest research, prepare for classes or just quench your thirst for knowledge at the library. We have a vast collection of print publications and online resources that span the whole spectrum of business and management topics. There’s also space for silent study, reading and working. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to concentrate, head to the library loft – its cosy sofas, coffee tables and bar stools make it feel like you’re in your own living room.
At the end of a busy day of learning, it’s nice to take some time to relax and reflect. And the enclosed garden is the perfect spot. Take a break on one of the picnic tables, meet up with colleagues for group work – or channel your energy into a game of ping pong.
The ancient seminary refectory now houses a fine dining restaurant for our executive education participants. We hold events here too. Separately, at ground floor level, our spacious lounge is a great space for lunch – offering sandwiches and other cold and hot snacks. We also have a bar where you can catch up with friends and discuss your day.
Monday to Thursday: 8 AM – 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 3.30 PM
Adjusted opening hours in July and August: Monday-Thursday 9-12 AM and 1-5 PM, Friday 9-12 AM
The Reep underground car park is right next to our campus. It’s open 24/7 and has 500 spaces. You can also use the Zuid car park. It’s a five-minute walk away, open 24/7 and has more than 1,000 spaces.
Since January 2020, Ghent city centre has been a Low Emission Zone. This means some cars can’t enter – so please check before you come. Remember, if your car has a foreign number plate, you’ll need to register it online before bringing it to Ghent.
We’ve listed these hotels in order of walking distance from campus:
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