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Leuven revisited after 40 years

Leuven revisited after 40 years

Posted by Vlerick Business School
on Oct 23, 2018
in MBA

Earning a Master in Business Administration is a life-changing experience that graduates look back on with fond memories ... even after 40 years! Two of our MBA Alumnae − Isobel Doole (maiden name Carr), from Sheffield, UK, and Leena Suviranta, from Helsinki, Finland – recently visited Leuven, where they started their MBA studies exactly 40 years ago. Here’s what they discovered...

“We got together in Leuven during the last weekend of September, and we visited some of the pubs we and our classmates frequented during our 1978-79 study year,” says Leena. “As part of our ‘pilgrimage’, we also went back to where we had lived − Isobel in Vlamingenstraat and me in Groot Begijnhof. But we simply couldn’t find the old faculty building in Dekenstraat. Instead, we spotted the new Vlerick Building, but the doors were locked – perhaps the current students don’t have lessons on Saturday mornings like we had!”

MBA Leuven Alumnae

During their visit, the two alumnae discussed their year in Leuven and what it has meant to them and to their careers. Isobel got a solid background in international marketing and is now Professor Emerita of Sheffield Hallam University, where she also served as the Dean of the Business School before her retirement. For her part, Leena continued on her chosen path in Human Resources and served as HR Director in several companies until her retirement this past summer as Senior Advisor of the Finnish subsidiary of CRH plc, the Irish construction materials company. Isobel adds: “Both of us agreed that, even as the year in Leuven and our MBA degrees have been very important to both of us in forming our lives, the friendship that we formed 40 years ago has also been of great importance − and it was as solid as ever during the beautiful weekend we spent in Leuven!”

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