The most important factor when settling on a school to pursue your Executive MBA should be the quality of its teaching. Educational rankings, no matter their caveats, still constitute one of the easiest ways to gauge whether a school is living up to the promises it makes.
According to the most prestigious ranking in business education, Vlerick Business School is making good on those promises. Vlerick is the highest ranked in the country for its Executive MBA. This makes Vlerick the best business school in Belgium and a leading business school in Europe.
Vlerick Business School’s Executive MBA programme received particularly high marks from the Financial Times for the diversity of both the participants and the faculty, as well as the return on investment associated with completion of the programme. Vlerick holds a top European position for salary increase of its Executive MBA alumni, three years after graduation.
Of more all business schools worldwide, Vlerick is one of the few with a Triple Crown accreditation. This means that it has attained accreditations from the AACSB, preferred by many US institutions; the AMBA, held by many schools in the UK; and the EQUIS, which is widespread among institutions in Europe and further afield. While there’s nothing unusual about a business school earning one of these accreditations, having earned all three puts Vlerick among the best business schools in the world.
That means that you won’t have to worry about where your career will take you. Whether you join a firm in Ireland or set up your own fledgling business in India, you can rest assured that your degree will be recognised for its worth.
Knowledge in action
Vlerick Business School also doesn’t ask you to press pause on your career. With Vlerick’s Executive MBA, you’ll be able to fit a transformative programme around your demanding schedule. Every three weekends, you’ll attend classes for two full days. Though Belgium is a trilingual country of Dutch, French and German, you won’t need to worry about getting lost in translation. The Vlerick Executive MBA programme is taught entirely in English, and all communications – from hallway chatter to emails from school administrators – are in English.
Vlerick’s Executive MBA programme provides a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a business project over a period of 18 months. This “knowledge in action” project can either focus on a strategic business challenge you are exploring for your employer, or on your own entrepreneurial project. If you’re leaning toward the latter option, you’ll be able to design a business plan, receive input from faculty and hit the ground running after graduation.
A big part of pursuing an MBA is being exposed to the international world of business. Vlerick Business School’s campuses in Belgium put you in or near Brussels, one of the world’s most metropolitan cities and a hub of international companies as the capital of the European Union. You’ll also visit three major centres of trade – Dublin, the digital hub of Europe; Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the tech world; and either Shanghai or Cape Town, depending on your preference for doing business in either Africa or Asia. The value of pursuing an executive MBA at one of the world’s best business schools is ultimately that you’ll have access to an exclusive network. Aside from meeting Vlerick Business School alumni, you can be sure that the person sitting next you will hail from a range of industries, functions and cultural backgrounds.
The people you will meet in these 18 months will be just as important as what you learn, and you can be sure that you’ll develop valuable relationships with future business leaders that will continue long after you’ve completed the programme.