The Vlerick Masters in International Management & Strategy maintains its position amongst top business schools in Europe in the prestigious Masters in Management ranking of the Financial Times. In Belgium, we hold the No. 1 position amongst 5 Belgian schools in total. The ranking lists the 100 best Masters in Management programmes across the world.
A more detailed analysis of the individual criteria in the ranking shows that Vlerick scores particularly well on all criteria related to career development. With regard to our Career Services – the way in which we support student placement and job search – we rank 14th in Europe. The successful career of our alumni is also reflected in our top 15 position in Europe for Career Progress, which reflects the changes in the level of seniority and company size.
Furthermore, Professor Kerstin Fehre, Programme Director of the Masters in International Management & Strategy, proudly points out that we have improved our position for ‘international mobility’ with 13 places. This means that more and more graduates have changed their country of employment between graduation and today: “We invest a lot in creating international career opportunities for our students. One example is the European Strategy Tour in which our students get exposed to employment opportunities in various European countries by visiting companies in Germany, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. The purpose of this tour is to give them the opportunity to explore what it really means to work in strategic management positions and show them that those positions and working environments at various companies can be quite different from one another.”
Students on the Masters in International Management & Strategy programme gain significant international exposure during the programme. The Global Immersion trip takes them one month outside of Europe, immersing them in a different culture and business world, by visiting companies and attending lectures in several different cities. Moreover, at the end of the programme students spend two months in a different country abroad on a Global Consultancy Project for a company or social-profit organisation. Their challenge is to apply what they have learned during the year to a real business challenge and provide recommendations to the company hosting the project.
The Masters in International Management & Strategy is specifically aimed at students who aspire positions in strategy departments or in strategy consulting firms (such as BCG, Bain, and Roland Berger), or management positions in global corporations such as AB Inbev, Amazon and Unilever. The curriculum focuses not only on Strategy and International Management, but also on Cultural Diversity and Sustainability.
The current cohort counts 44 students from 13 different countries and diverse study backgrounds such as Business, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, etc.