The challenge facing participants in the Doctorate in Business Administration is not for the fainthearted: working for four years on a doctoral thesis alongside their normal professional activities. But there is an award waiting at the end of the road: a doctoral diploma and research experience that is hard to match, says DBA Manager Eva Cools.
After graduating with an engineering degree, Varun Agarwal spent six years in technical roles. But when his job evolved to include more business responsibilities, he decided to explore the corporate world a little further. So he travelled from India to Belgium to embark on Vlerick’s Full-Time MBA. Now he’s a consultant, combining his technical expertise with finely-honed business skills.
Chris Veeningen has been working in the financial sector for 20 years, first in the equity department of a bank and then ‘on the other side’, as a corporate financier. As the financial adviser of the Start Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation, he wishes to help people with a disadvantage on the labour market. By means of a social profit grant, Chris took the two-day Venture Capital and Private Equity Programme at Vlerick.
When you’re choosing where to learn about business, it makes sense to partner with a school that’s recognised across the world for the quality of its programmes. Yet in a world full of spin, how do you know who to listen to? In the world of business learning, there’s an easy way to assess which schools stand out head and shoulders above the rest.
Two fledgling researchers. He works in process technology; she is in marketing. He has already considered doing a doctorate in the past; she was one hundred per cent certain that she would never get into research. What convinced these two experienced managers to take the plunge? What impact do they want to have and how do want to achieve it?