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New! Changes to degree programmes


Executive MBAs are increasingly self-funded these days. Professor Koen Dewettinck, Executive MBA Programme Director, explains the upshot of this trend: “Participants who fund their MBA themselves are keen to do it in their own time. Also, an MBA is seen as a journey of personal development rather than simply a means of acquiring knowledge. While we’ve always positioned the executive MBA in this way, we’ve now redesigned the programme to effectively enhance the experience.

“Some of the changes should make the different groups more diverse in terms of nationality and gender. We noticed that the three-weekly format in Leuven[1] resulted in more diversity, with 44% international participants and 28% women, compared to 25% and 10% respectively for the weekly format in Ghent[2]. And finally, we wanted to build in flexibility in order to be able to improve or update our programme more easily.”


“We no longer work with mixed groups comprising first and second-year participants. This may be great for networking, but often complicates programme design. Working with fixed groups makes it easier to take into account participant feedback for future improvement.

“As in the full-time MBA, we’ve introduced elective courses, which can be combined into a track. Electives enable participants to tailor the programme to their individual needs, while tracks allow them to deepen their understanding of a particular subject.

“The programme has been redesigned to improve flow and consistency. Three tracks, or themes, run through the programme from start to finish and are incorporated into the different courses: the in-company project, leadership development and career guidance. Career guidance focuses on personal development and is now standard for all participants. The courses are no longer divided into a first and a second year, but grouped into modules. A new one-week e-learning module brings participants up to speed. Further modules focus on the broader contextual factors and various functional areas of an organisation. In-between modules are also organised: the electives, the BRICS trip, seminars and games.

“We’ve shortened the programme from 24 to 18 months and have changed the format for Leuven and Ghent to three-weekly. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Leuven and on Friday and Saturday in Ghent. This should help improve group diversity, as it makes it easier to combine work and study and eliminates the need to commute on weekdays. At the Brussels campus, we’ve maintained a weekly format, with the programme spread over 22 months. This should typically appeal to the expat community working in Brussels, as they won’t have to commute.”


Full-blown version including elective courses: January 2013 (Leuven) and September 2013 (Brussels and Ghent)

[1] Classes on Saturday and Sunday every three weeks

[2] Two evenings and one afternoon per week

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