February 11, 2012 2 Comments
Do you fancy one last video for tonight? Here is a glimpse at a Friday evening for Vlerick Full Time and Part Time MBA students in Leuven :-) Thank you all for the cool moments!
Do cactus and MBA have anything in common?
September 20, 2011 1 Comment
Maybe I shouldn’t post this here but there is an awful lot of videos on YouTube about part-time MBAs (as well as official Vlerick videos and Vlerick alumni videos). Unfortunately for us, the two videos that came on top of my search for part-time MBA videos are spoofs of the funny set of ads “comparing” Mac to PC …
(If you don’t get the reference, watch this set of ads)
This allows me to jump on the next topic of investigation I was eager to discover: what is the most common computer platform used by PT MBAs at Vlerick? Well, I cannot say for sure since I didn’t had a chance to look at the computers used in the other PT classes or in the FT class. But in Apollo, there are 100% of MS-Windows laptops and there are most of the time given by the workplace: there are ugly, text-only, black-on-white stickers with all the characteristics of/on some computers. OK, one of our students reps has a sleek, black, sticker-free laptop (Dell if I remember correctly). And it’s still a MS-Windows PC.
Vlerick IT infrastructure is also MS-Windows, kiosk PCs all around the campus run Windows 7. The networked content is managed by MS-Sharepoint and the webmail login goes through outlook.com and make hundreds redirections in the Microsoft cloud infrastructure.
So: no Mac, no Linux. But …
But, if you look at what people have in their pockets, you’ll see a totally different ecosystem. There are at least 2 iPads, lots of Blackberries, many iPhones and many Android (and oh yes, only one Windows phone). This sample (as well as the computer sample) is largely biased by the fact that these devices are for professional use (by that I mean: given by the day job). But there is still a trend: MS-Windows on the desktop/laptop and Android/iOS in the pockets.
What also surprised me is that no one is actually taking notes directly on their laptop. I agree the two current topics (economics and financial accounting) are accompanied by good textbooks and aren’t really suitable for electronic note-taking. I wonder if this will be the same in other topics.
July 17, 2011 Leave a comment
Like this, the title look like an ad paid by Vlerick but it’s not :-)
When you start considering doing a MBA everyone will start asking you the same 2 questions:
Why are you starting a MBA?
There are thousand good and bad reasons for you to start a MBA. But there are also thousand reasons that you shouldn’t do a MBA. If you don’t know them yet, let me help you find them. Even better: take a pencil and a paper, go outside and write all your ideas, reasons, hopes, fears, … about that MBA.
Why a MBA at Vlerick?
In my opinion, choosing a business school before any classes is very theoretical. The first filter will be the match between your reasons to do a MBA (see above) and the general orientation of the potential business schools. You can then judge by browsing the programme, interviewing alumni, visiting the campus, etc. But you still lack the real experience of living with your courses, classes, other students, etc.
There are things you can’t change. Vlerick is located in Leuven or Ghent, Belgium, Europe (and also in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia). In that sense, it’s not in the USA where most top MBAs come from. It’s not (yet) even listed in the European MBAs in Wikipedia. But, regarding reputation, Vlerick can be proud to be in good positions in the different rankings available. For instance:
Vlerick also has a very good reputation in the multinational company I am currently working at (I acknowledge there might be a bias since its headquarters are in Belgium but it’s still a good indicator when people from abroad did their MBA at Vlerick). If you are currently working in Belgium and planning to follow the part-time (“executive”) MBA, Vlerick is the best choice.
|Length||1 year||2 years||18 months|
|Classes||every weekday||2 evenings and 1 afternoon during workweek||most week-ends and/or holidays|
|Int’l study trip||yes||yes||no|
Personally, I want to work during my studies. It will certainly be more difficult but it will keep me in the loop of what’s happening in the field. YMMV. For people working in Belgium, it’s interesting to know that the programme is recognized for paid educational leave (info in French).
Beside these “technical” details, what I like in the Vlerick programme is their focus on entrepreneurship, operation and management rather than specifically finances/accounting (like some other MBAs in Belgium). Then destinations of the international study trip are Beijing, New York, Mumbai and Cape Town: you may be interested in the focus on two of the BRIC countries too.
Finally, after some interviews with alumni, one thing that recurrently came was that Vlerick is very well organized. This is one thing one could already see: we already received (we are mid-July) the schedule for the next two years as well as a thick student handbook where most practical questions are answered.
Now this is theory (well, a little bit of experience too, in fact). It will be interesting to see if I have still the same reasons to choose Vlerick after 1 year and at the end of the MBA :-)