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Vlerick Business School

Vlerick Business School

Vlerick Business School


Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, international business school at the heart of Europe – ranked number one in the Benelux for executive education and 19 in Europe. We have specific expertise in Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Healthcare, Energy, and Financial Services. Apart from our close ties to KU Leuven and Ghent University – and our strategic alliances with Peking University and University of Stellenbosch Business School – we’re constantly building our network of corporate partners across the world.

Our Mission

Live. Learn. Leap.

When André Vlerick founded the school more than 65 years ago, he built it on a strong belief in the power of business as a source of progress and prosperity. And while that vision has not changed to this day, the world in which we want that progress and prosperity to thrive has changed.

Constant global change and rapid technological developments are disrupting many markets. That’s why we need positive change-makers with a vision that is rooted in a dream.

  • Live your dream.

Our dreams give substance, meaning, and direction to our lives. And under the right conditions, they enable us to touch the lives of others and impact the world around us. But no matter how near or far your dream may be, one thing is for sure: you need the guts to take that first step.

At Vlerick, we provide the fertile ground for your dreams to take root, grow, and ultimately thrive. To bridge the gap between dreaming, daring, and doing.

We provide you with the inspiration, the know-how, and the peer support to encourage you to live your dream.

  • Learn continuously.

In a fast-changing world, the future belongs to those people with the capacity and eagerness to keep on learning. To keep up to speed with the changes around us but also to take stock of our own evolving perspectives. This is why at Vlerick, we keep on challenging our students and participants to challenge both themselves and the status quo. Because you can only lead when you continue to learn.

As a business school and a wider community, we at Vlerick consider ourselves no exception. Just like you, we know that you either innovate or die. That is why we keep on rethinking the Vlerick learning journeys, providing a wide range of teaching methods and experiences - whether they be on location or online - to create learning with impact.

Because that is what drives the entire Vlerick community: challenge yourself always, be a student always.

  • Leap with confidence.

Your Vlerick experience will not only color your mind, broaden your perspective and open up new opportunities, it will also give you the support you need to take that leap forward. The leap of faith stands between the knowledge, skills, and tools you have acquired and apply them to lead with purpose. And to turn knowledge into action.

Because it is that leap that lies at the center of our own purpose: to become a magnet that attracts enterprising leaders, sparks their passion, and channels it into a positive force for change.

Because we know that success has the potential to inspire and magnetize others, creating a ripple effect whose impact can be felt around the globe. All it needs is for you to take the leap.

Our Learning Approach

You leap forward. We power your way.

To thrive in today’s ever-changing business environment means making a commitment to learning – and partnering with a game-changing organization whose hands-on, integrated approaches keep you ahead.

At Vlerick we create a space where you can immerse yourself in energetic, inspirational, and highly interactive learning. It’s where you leap into new approaches, learn from doing, sharing, and absorbing – and live the professional life you’ve always dreamed of.

And you can do it because of the FIVE PROMISES we make to you.

#1. Your Safety = Our Concern

The Vlerick experience has always been about having a safe space to experiment, to explore, and to be supported as you learn – and this is true now, more than ever.

On-campus, energy levels are high – with measures in place to keep you safe. So you can focus completely on learning and soaking up the Vlerick vibe.

In your small learning squads – your agile, supportive group of peers – you’ll experience intimate, maximum-impact learning with safe physical distancing.

Online, you feel the buzz of excitement and involvement as you take part in challenges and work flexibly with peers from across the world.

Wherever you are and however you’re learning, you will always experience a safe space to think beyond the conventional, express your ideas and experiences – and be surrounded by peers and faculty who are listening, sharing, and support.

#2. Your Future Needs = Our Starting Point

You explore the real challenges your company is facing. You dream big, challenge the status quo, discover a world of opportunities, and experiment with new skills.

Learning has the most impact when you learn about yourself too. And to make results tangible, your starting point will be concrete, relevant, and personal – based on the real-life challenges currently facing your organization, a 360° scan of your own strengths and weaknesses, a recent survey, an in-company project, etc.

We build on your past experiences and current situation to give you the tools and confidence to take the next steps in your professional development – giving you a tangible return on your investment.

You choose the learning approach that best suits you. It could be 100% online and self-paced. Or it could be a hybrid of on-campus and online learning.

#3. Your Learning = Always Active

At Vlerick, you put knowledge into action and action into knowledge.

You dive into highly interactive learning experiences made up of different formats and activities. You work alongside peers from diverse backgrounds, sharing, learning, and experiencing the buzz of group energy.

Everything integrates – from business simulations, games, and role-plays through to hands-on challenges, whether you dive in online or on campus.

You dig deeper and gain both theoretical insight and the practical skills you need to make a difference.

#4. Your Vlerick Network = A Community For Life

You join a diverse group who’ll share their experience and support you every step of the way – and become important friends and business contacts throughout your professional life.

Our faculty are approachable and accessible. So grab a coffee or an online chat with your professor and share insights from across sectors, geographies, experiences, and cultures.

You have endless opportunities to hear from and meet experts and senior leaders from a wide variety of organizations.

You make cross-industry and cross-sector connections. And you make friends – and discover opportunities – all over the world.

#5. Your Leap Forward = Our Reward

We give you the knowledge, tools, and mindset to challenge the status quo.

You become a change agent in your organization – equipped with frameworks, tools, action plans, and the confidence to inspire others. A confident leader who’ll make a positive impact in business and in society.

You can rely on us to support you as you adapt and learn throughout your career. Our mission to keep you ahead of the curve is one of the reasons we’re a triple-accredited and top-ranked business school.

Program Admission Requirements

Demonstrate your commitment and readiness to succeed in business school by taking the GMAT exam – the most widely used exam for admissions that measures your critical thinking and reasoning skills. Download the GMAT mini quiz to get a flavour of the questions you’ll find in the exam.


  • Ghent

    Reep,1, 9000, Ghent

    • Leuven

      Vlamingenstraat,83, 3000, Leuven

      • Brussels

        Avenue du Boulevard,21, 1210, Brussels