Welcome to VIVES University College. This new college is the result of the cooperation between KATHO, with campuses in Kortrijk, Roeselare, Tielt, Torhout, and KHBO, with campuses in Brugge and Oostende. At this moment, mergers in the field of higher education are a common trend in Flanders. With approximately 13,000 students, VIVES is the biggest university college in Flanders.

Design your future

VIVES University College, with its modern and competency-based higher education, its innovative, practical research, and its services provided to society, offers an adequate response to today’s and tomorrow’s social challenges. VIVES is an appreciative, friendly, and people-oriented university college which concentrates on professionally oriented Bachelor Degrees and Associate Degrees. In doing so, the university college ensures that its students contribute to the globalised world both as human beings and as professionals.

VIVES is fully and actively committed to the development of competences. Students are given every opportunity to work on their future. Design Your Future as the university college’s baseline underlines this. VIVES believes it is important for its staff members to do their jobs with enthusiasm. That’s why the university college offers them extensive opportunities to develop and spread their expertise.

VIVES opts to give centre stage to responsibility and ownership, and appreciation and respect for each individual. Sustainability is another important commitment for VIVES. VIVES aims to be a trendsetter in higher professional education through innovation.

Mission statement


  • Becoming the best you can be. Students and lecturers continue to develop their strengths and deepen their personal and professional identities with enthusiasm. They make choices that are in keeping with their talents and goals.
  • Managing your own learning process. Students and lecturers manage their own learning process. As professionals, they are committed to lifelong learning, and to broadening and deepening their understanding and expertise.


  • Learning from and with each other. Students and lecturers learn together as a team. They build their own professional network with opportunities for informal and interdisciplinary learning. To accomplish that, they make full use of the facilities of the digital world.
  • Finding your way in higher education. To assist students in making the right choices, and in order to help them climb the learning ladder, VIVES works together with its educational partners. VIVES also fully recognises previously acquired competencies.
  • Engaging in active dialogue with the workplace and society as a whole. Students and lecturers learn from and with external parties. They take a critical view of society and make their expertise readily available outside the university college’s environment.


  • Shaping the inspirational education of tomorrow. Students and lecturers work in a challenging learning environment, which may or may not be independent of time and place. Innovations capitalise on research results and on the expectations of current and future generations of students, the working environment, and society.
  • Preparing for the jobs of the future. Students and lecturers strive to acquire the competencies needed for today’s and tomorrow’s professions. The interaction between theory and practice challenges them to push their boundaries. Education, practical experience, and their own practice-based research are interwoven to that end.

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VIVES University College

The Bachelor of Business Management programme is designed for Belgian and international students who wish to gain a profound knowledge of different management domains and ... [+]

The Bachelor of Business Management programme is designed for Belgian and international students who wish to gain a profound knowledge of different management domains and obtain an international business degree within the intercultural context of a globalized world. International fellow students, foreign lecturers, study trips and exchange possibilities will enhance the cross-cultural awareness and communication.

The Bachelor of Business Management, specialization Business Management & Entrepreneurship is organized at VIVES University of applied sciences, department of commercial sciences and business management, campus Kortrijk.

Kortrijk is the beating heart of Flemish entrepreneurship and design fostering innovation and creativity. The city harbors various large multinationals like Barco, Bekaert, etc. but also a wide range of industry or service-oriented SMEs. This provides the region with the second lowest unemployment rate within Europe. The ancient historic town center offers an inspiring backdrop and the vibrant university (college) town is strategically located in any part of the Belgian-French metropolis of Kortrijk, Lille, and Tournai.... [-]

Belgium Kortrijk
September 2019
3 years
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VIVES University College

The Advanced Bachelor of International business management is a bachelor after bachelor programme. It is a 12-month full-time programme, taking place at campus Kortrijk, ... [+]

We offer a fulltime 1 year (12 months) bachelor international Management to students who already have at least a bachelor degree. The programme is entirely in English.

Preferably we admit students, who studied in the field of Commercial Sciences and Business Management. But we welcome a limited number of students who studied other subjects e.g. technology... After investigation and approval of the application by our commission, these students can be admitted.

What is this programme about?

The International business management is a bachelor after bachelor programme. It is a 12-month full-time programme, taking place in campus Kortrijk, Belgium. During the final three months, you will be working during an internship.... [-]

Belgium Kortrijk
September 2019
1 year
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VIVES | Mission Statement