Vlerick programs now 14th in the FT European rankings – should I worry?
December 4, 2012 2 Comments
Yooohoo! After the (very) bad performance of the EMBA this year, a rebranding exercise and a new website, the whole schoool is back at the 14th position in the FT rankings for 2012! The Academic Dean can of course be very proud of his cursus. As usual let’s have a look at the numbers …
So, Vlerick Business School is at the 14th position, a stable position on a 3 years average (up from 16th last year however). There are of course big names before Vlerick: HEC Paris (2nd), London Business School (3rd), INSEAD (4th), IMD (7th), etc. But there are also big names after Vlerick: Cranfield (16th), Imperial College (18th), ESSEC (19th), London School of Economics (27th), etc.
Compared to other Belgian business school, Vlerick is better placed (than for the EMBA rankings e.g.):
- Antwerp Management School is climbing from an average 52nd to the 40th rank;
- Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management goes down from a 42nd to the 46th rank;
- IAG-Louvain School of Management goes down from a 52nd to the 59th rank.
So if I take again my table from the previous “ranking” post (best of each row in bold):
|Ranking||Vlerick B.S.||Antwerp M.S.||Solvay B.S.E.M.||IAG-L.S.M.|
|FT European Business School Rankings 2012||14 (=)||40 (↑ av. 52)||46 (↓ av. 42)||52 (↓ av. 59)|
|FT EMBA Ranking 2012||90 (↓ from 77)||50 (entry)||–||–|
|FT Global MBA Ranking 2012||70 (↓ from 71)||–||–||–|
|The Economist Full time MBA ranking||66||–||–||–|
|Aspen Institute Beyond Grey Pinstripes||Vlerick||–||–||–|
The methodology used by the FT is well explained. There you will learn that this ranking assesses the performances of 4 MBA programs in each school. And it looks at the breadth but also quality of these programmes. So indirectly it represents the aggregate of lots of parameters (see here for the list on Vlerick). But is seems to put some emphasis on the salaries (at program entry and after) as well as the number of female, international and PhD faculty.
So – back to the title – should I worry? ;-)
Well, just go to the previous post about rankings and read the conclusion ; I haven’t changed since. But congrats anyway to the Vlerick team for this good performance!
Photo credit: 14 by xiaming, on Flickr (licence CC-by-nc-sa)