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"I am still a barrel full of questions at the moment"

One has been in the legal profession for eight years, the other for thirty. Both have had a thing about research ever since they left university. Along with three others, Dieter Bruneel and Luc Wynant are the first participants in the Doctorate in Business Administration programme at Vlerick, Ghent University and KU Leuven. What convinced them to take that step? And what do they think of the course so far?

Rebeca chose Vlerick for its international approach and career-enhancing network

When Rebeca Muñoz was considering her next career move, she decided to make big changes. Already a highly skilled accountant, with eight years at a huge American corporation under her belt, she decided to set herself an even greater challenge.

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“Research is about the Big Questions. How can you answer them if you have to write papers all the time?”

“Too theoretical, too rigid, too little innovation, too detached from reality.” The going is tough in scientific research today. Its impact is frequently too limited, Dr Marco Busi claims. As befits a good researcher, he has hit a raw nerve. But he also offers guidelines for researchers who do strive to make an impact and really want to make a difference.

The Port of Antwerp: Transitioning from elephant to dolphin

Master Student Fernando Tonelli attended the Vlerick MBA Alumni Event with Mr. Jacques Vandermeiren - CEO Port of Antwerp. The port of Antwerp is one of the biggest ports in the world and, along with the port of Rotterdam, one of the most important in Europe. A deep and structured corporate transformation – led by the CEO Jacques Vandermeiren himself – moved the Antwerp Port Authority into the 21st century. Resulting in above-industry growth over the last few years, and profiling Antwerp as the ‘port of the future’. However, this was by no means an easy task…

‘You learn to invest your energy in the right things at the right time’

Stef Lauwers, CEO of Partena Ziekenfonds and partners, tried to enrol in Vlerick’s Advanced Management Programme on two separate occasions. Unsuccessfully so. His first attempt was frustrated by a merger. The second time around, he was forced to abandon after having to be resuscitated while out running. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale, and as we all know three is the magic number. We reckon the Lauwers family’s motto is probably along the lines of “the future rewards those who keep going”.

Willem’s MBA took him from science to strategy

Willem Beyen started his professional life in environmental science – and his role at a water treatment company took him all over the world. But after five years, he decided it was time for a new challenge. So he joined the Full-Time MBA at Vlerick – and now he’s taking his career in a completely new direction.

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