Johan Van Meenen was initially sceptical about enrolling on a management programme at Vlerick. Not because he’d already learnt everything there was to know, but because previous courses had taught him too little. Nevertheless he enrolled at Vlerick for the SME Excellence programme. But could this programme fulfil his expectations?
Zeshan Bhatti has had a varied career so far, with roles in retail, banking and finance. But after completing his Bachelors in Business Management and Finance, he decided he wanted to continue into a people-oriented role – and he knew an MBA was the right next step. So last September, he left his home in New York City to travel to Brussels and start Vlerick’s Full-Time MBA programme.
A core part of the Executive MBA experience is getting first-hand exposure to business in four continents. Our Executive MBA participants spent a week - end of January - in Silicon Valley speaking to entrepreneurs and seeing how new businesses scale up in the world’s foremost startup hub.
Dominique Van Den Putte is the owner of the chocolatier and confectioner, Duva Cerisettes & Chocolates. The company produces high-quality chocolate specialities for a niche market. In the past few years, the firm has put considerable effort into process optimisation, leading to rapid growth. This proved to be a turning point. The head of the company now felt that a more strategic perspective was needed, which is why she signed up for Vlerick’s SME Excellence Programme.
Developing a medicine to treat a life-threatening disease and bringing it to the market remains the ultimate dream for many scientists. This story became reality for the medicine caplacizumab. Bio-engineer Dr. Tinneke Denayer and her team played a crucial role in this achievement. They developed the caplacizumab medicine to treat patients with the life-threatening blood-clotting disorder aTTP (acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura). This medicine was recently also launched on its first market. To further support her practical experience with the relevant theoretical knowledge, Tinneke took the Executive Development Programme at Vlerick Business School. She finished the programme at the end of last year.
Shruti Saxena’s background is in electronics engineering – and she’s already held positions in global organisations including Tata Consultancy Services and IBM. But she’s always wanted to boost her professional skillset with an MBA.