Vlerick Business School

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Vlerick Business School
Vlerick Business School Logo.png
Former name
Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
TypePrivate business school
DeanMarion Debruyne
Administrative staff
51°03′06″N 3°43′45″E / 51.051777°N 3.729110°E / 51.051777; 3.729110Coordinates: 51°03′06″N 3°43′45″E / 51.051777°N 3.729110°E / 51.051777; 3.729110
Vlerick management school in Ghent

Vlerick Business School ("Vlerick") is a private Belgian business school with campuses in Ghent, Leuven, Brussels and Saint Petersburg. It is a result of a merger of the MBA programmes of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and of the Instituut Professor Vlerick voor Management of Ghent University, in 1999.[3]


In 1953, professor, politician and entrepreneur André Vlerick founded the Centre for Productivity Studies and Research at State University of Ghent, which in 1983 becomes an autonomous school called the Instituut Professor Vlerick voor Management.[4]

In 1968, the Catholic University of Leuven created an international MBA programme, later organised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

In 1999, both universities merge their MBA programme, creating a new institution named Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and established in Leuven and Ghent.[5] In parallel, the UGent and KU Leuven continue to offer graduate courses in management and business administration in their faculties of Management and Business administration.

In 2006, Vlerick opened its campus in Saint Petersburg, and in 2013 its Brussels campus, in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode.

In 2012, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School changes its name and becomes the Vlerick Business School.[5]

Vlerick presents itself as being the oldest business school in Europe[5],[6], though in 2018, it is legally speaking the most recent one founded in Belgium.


The building of its Ghent campus since 2007 was built in 1905 by Mgr Antoon Stillemans, as the major seminary of the Ghent diocese. The dioceses then sold the building to the province.[7]


Vlerick has four international campuses in Brussels, Ghent, Leuven (Belgium) and Saint Petersburg (Russia). Vlerick also has a cooperative program with BiMBA of Peking University's China Center for Economic Research in Beijing (China).[8]

Vlerick offers MBA & Masters in Management, as well as general and specialized courses for managers, and custom-designed training for individual companies. Over 17,000 alumni in more than 100 different countries are alumni of the management schools.[9][10] In 2015, Vlerick MBA Program was ranked top 100 MBA Programs and Top 10 MBA Program in Entrepreneurship worldwide by Financial Times.[11],[12]


Vlerick Business School holds three international accreditations: the American AACSB, the British AMBA, and the European EQUIS.[13],[14]


Vlerick ranks high amongst international and European business schools:

  • The Economist magazine ranked Vlerick number 47 among global full-time MBA in 2010.[15]
  • Financial Times ranked Vlerick number 15 amongst European business schools in 2015.[16]
  • The MBA program ranked number 100 out of all global MBA programs in 2014 according to the Financial Times.[17]
  • The EMBA program ranked number 82 amongst global EMBA programs in 2018 according to the Financial Times.[18]
  • The Masters in Management program ranked number 29 among global programs in 2013 according to the Financial Times.[19]
  • The Masters in Financial management program ranked number 26th worldwide in 2018 according to the Financial Times.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our history". Vlerick.
  2. ^ "Master in Management Compass Vlerick Business School Masters in management". Mim-compass.
  3. ^ "Our history". Vlerick.
  4. ^ "Statutes of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School" (PDF). ejustice.just.fgov.be (in Dutch). 26 January 2006.
  5. ^ a b c "Our history". vlerick.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "De geschiedenis van Vlerick". vlerick.com (in Dutch).
  7. ^ https://ceusters.prezly.com/provincie-verkoopt-historisch-seminariehuis-in-gent
  8. ^ "Full-time MBA Programme China". Vlerick.com. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Vlerick Alumni". vlerick.com.
  10. ^ "Vlerick Business School". Top study belgium.
  11. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times". rankings.ft.com.
  12. ^ Ortmans, Laurent. "MBA by numbers: Top programmes for entrepreneurship". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  13. ^ "MBA in General Management – Vlerick Business School". Vlerick.com. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Vlerick Business School". Rankings FT.
  15. ^ "Which MBA? | 2010 Full time MBA ranking". The Economist. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  16. ^ "European Business School Rankings 2015" Rankings.ft.com. 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2015-12-29
  17. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times – Global MBA Rankings 2014". Rankings.ft.com. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  18. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/executive-mba-ranking-2018
  19. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times – Masters in Management 2013". Rankings.ft.com. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  20. ^ http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-finance-pre-experience-2018

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