Welcome to Daniel and Miguel in the Vlerick blogosphere!

I often ranted about the (relative) absence of Vlerick MBA students in blogs, twitter, etc. This year it seems the school did a special effort to recruit bloggers and/or that more MBA students are aware they can blog. The result is that, on top of Robert (FTMBA), Daniel (FTMBA) and Miguel (EMBA) joined the official Vlerick blog platform as well. A warm welcome to them – they  started with a bang: 3 posts already in February 2013!

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Robert Tudor now in the FTMBA blogosphere

I may be a bit blinkered on this but I really think a business school should live with the tools currently available. By 2020 who knows if you could survive with just a static website. So I am always delighted to read that new people are taking the challenge of maintaining a blog when they start a MBA.

This time, let me highlight Robert Tudor’s blog at http://on-mba.robert-tudor.com/. Robert is a Romanian FTMBA student in our beloved Vlerick Business School. On his blog you’ll be able to follow his first steps in Leuven, trying to cope with the Belgian culture and way of doing things. Very few post yet on courses, their content and his feelings about professors, etc. But one about the start of the new academic year and one about the party that accompanied it. Good luck, Robert!

P.S. you can also follow Robert on Twitter, obviously!

Course structure added

I thought something was missing in this blog: direct access to posts related to a specific course. Previously you had to know the course’s exact wording (and search for it) or you could find it in the cloud of tags on the right. Now you can also browse in the Course category (*). Hope this helps!

(*) I hope the category will appear – let me deal with the blog theme for a few moments to fix potential glitches …

Welcome to full-time students in the blogosphere!

The Vlerick MBA planet just got two full-time students who bravely decided to start blogging for Vlerick: Claudia Iavorenciuc (also on Twitter) and Shreyas Premsagar. You can now find what is happening in the Vlerick full-time MBA here: http://ftmbablog.vlerick.com/. Welcome to the blogosphere!

It takes two to tango

Last year, I ranted about the fact there was no MBA blog anymore on the Vlerick platform. No full-time blog. No part-time blog. It was a bit mean because it takes two to tango, of course.

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As mentioned before, there is an official Vlerick blogging platform ready for students (as well as the dean, professors, etc.). But only students can really write about their experience. It seems full-time students were asked to write but none volunteered so far. Part-time students were not asked because in the past students said they didn’t had the time or interest for blogging for Vlerick. And voilà: what can Vlerick do if no one wants to write for them?

Now if you are interested in telling your experience at Vlerick or more broadly as a MBA student, just ask the Vlerick e-marketing team and they will set-up the blog platform for you (I can give you the name of the person to contact). Or just go to WordPress or Blogger and create your own blog (it’s also easy and free). And no time for blogging is not an excuse: frankly speaking, it doesn’t take so much time (e.g. I only spent 5 minutes for this post so far and finding the photo took most of the time).

I will be happy to read you soon, then? :)

Photo credit: it takes two to tango by Gerard Stolk on Flickr (license CC-by-nc)

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. I found it excellent so I share it with you, readers of this blog. Thanks to you too for this good 1st year in blogging my experience at Vlerick :)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year 2012!

I wish you a very Happy New Year 2012. May you succeed in everything you start (and especially your MBA at Vlerick!).

Three MBA students signing for New Year 2012 (to get some money) - Original wallpaper by vladstudio.com

If I look back on this year blogging about my PTMBA at Vlerick, there are nice things to see …

For instance, here are the top 5 posts (exception made of the home page and the about page):

  1. An Overview of the Euro Crisis (NYT), a small post linking to a visualization of the Euro crisis in the New York Times
  2. Vlerick MBA 2011 planet, a post about what are the other students blogging around ; I’m still wondering why so few students are blogging about their experience at Vlerick. When you look at other schools, many students are blogging every year. Although Vlerick has a blogging platform it is currently not used by any MBA students (only Masters students ; maybe it will change with the new website) (*). Gleana Albritton used to blog as a FT MBA student at Vlerick in the FT blog area (wow!). Are studies too time consuming in Vlerick? Or life in Leuven not interesting enough? Is it not “Belgian” to blog? Almost everyone is on Twitter ; maybe blogs are so passé?
  3. Don’t shoot the red monkey, a post about Jef Staes‘ guest lecture
  4. Applied microeconomics, a small joke about graphs in microeconomics
  5. 1st MBA exam: done!, a post about my 1st exam taken at Vlerick

Of course, older posts have a slight advantage. One day I should maybe compute the exact hits per day each post received. One day, maybe.

If one looks at search terms for this year leading to this blog this year, here is the top 5 search terms (exception made of “jep does vlerick” which is quite obvious):

  1. euro crisis
  2. vlerick admission test
  3. movie maker logo
  4. microeconomics
  5. vlerick mba

Here again, older keywoards may have a slight advantage. I am amazed at the number of people visiting the blog regarding the admission test ; maybe because there isn’t much other information about that on the web.

Btw, Vlerick is also wishing you a happy 2012 :)

See you next year!

(*) Previous year full time MBA students used to officially blog from here but it seems that it is not used this academic year (and it is not linked anymore from the official Vlerick blogging platform). To reiterate my disappointment (as previously mentioned), part-time MBA students seem to be considered as less important: there is no part-time blogging platform (I tried http://ptmbablog.vlerick.com/). However, the number of PTMBA students are 2 – 3 times the number of FTMBA students, their fees are approximately the same and they stay longer. But I didn’t start this post to rant about that. Happy New Year to everyone! :)

Vlerick MBA 2011 planet

So far, I found only two other people blogging their experience of the Vlerick MBA. Strange enough (actually I don’t know why I write it’s strange), both of them are women and both of them are from the USA. Interestingly our three blogs cover most of what Vlerick offers as MBA … (and the geek inside me is pointing to the fact we all three rely on the WordPress platform).

Melissa LangemanMelissa Langeman is a full time student following her Vlerick MBA in Ghent. In Melissa’s MBA blog, you’ll find serious and interesting stuff on the MBA as well as some interaction with alumni and Vlerick. Maybe more interestingly ;) you’ll find a detailed analysis of many Belgian beers on Melissa’s personal blog. She’s also on Twitter (and many more social web services I guess).

Sarah BittorfSarah Bittorf is a part time student following her Vlerick MBA in Ghent too. In Sarah’s blog, you’ll find a lot of posts related to food, yummy yummy! But of course, you’ll also find posts related to the MBA. Sarah was lucky enough to be accompanied by her husband on the first day :) And she also pointed at some interesting facts after her that day. It will be interesting to follow what she thinks about classes we will have next year (or 2nd year students in Apollo had last year). Sarah is also tweeting (and most probably on other social networks too).

And yours truly is from the part time Vlerick MBA in Leuven (I’m also on Twitter and other social networks, to complete the “comparison”). I unfortunately didn’t find anyone blogging for the modular MBA this year.

I added both blogs in the blogroll below, along some blogs from past years. Do you know any other student blogging about her/his Vlerick MBA this year?

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