ANTWERP, Belgium, June 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Flanders Business School (FBS) has started building a new campus in Antwerp. The project consists of renovating a listed building in the historic city center. The architects bureau 'Buro II' is responsible for the works.
The listed facade of the building on the corner of the Sint-Katelijnevest will be renovated, while the beautiful ballroom in the middle of the property is due for a double intervention: the authentic, listed elements will be restored, whilst in the middle of the ballroom, a free-standing egg-shaped construction is being built.
The 'egg' will house a new auditorium and will be equipped with all the latest technology. It will become a suitable home for students 'brooding' on new ventures, as they typically do while following the Executive Education programs.
With this project we confirm our choice of Antwerp as the ideal location for our school, says the Dean, Professor Dr. Bruno Tindemans. The fact that the start of the works coincides with the anniversary of our school, gives this project an extra dimension: it fully embodies the trust that students and employers have placed in our education programs for the past 30 years.
FBS has invested 3 million euro in the project. The works are due for completion in 2011.
The New Campus
The building dates from 1861 and is situated in the historic city center of Antwerp, a stone's throw away from the famous Carolus Borromeus Church.
The planned works consist of the renovation of the facade of the building and the interior, and the creation of office and conference spaces on the ground and first floor. The former ballroom is also being renovated and new sanitation will be put in place. The eye-catching centerpiece of the project is the new auditorium, a free-standing egg-shaped construction, equipped with all the latest technological facilities.
Executive Education Programs
The new campus will be the base of the students on the Executive Education (EE) courses at FBS. The EE-programs are focused on guiding and stimulating the - often latent - presence of an entrepreneurial spirit in businesses and their employees. In 2009 talented teams from, amongst others, Alcatel-Lucent Bell, DEME, Janssen-Cilag EMEA and Picanol Group took part in these.
The 'FBS-Entrepreneurial Boot Camp' is the most well-known training program. This intensive training spans eighteen weeks. The Entrepreneurial Boot Camp teaches employees to track down opportunities for growth for their businesses, to brainstorm these and turn them into business plans. These are then submitted to a jury of FBS-professors, experts and VC's. Following this, the business' management decides whether or not to turn these business opportunities into an internal or external new venture/source of growth for the firm.
Photos and more information:
http://www.fbs.ac/default.aspx?PageId=623 (Building Plans)
http://www.fbs.ac/default.aspx?PageId=589 (Anniversary Page)
About Flanders Business School
- Flanders Business School (FBS) has three main activities:
I. The Intrapreneurial Learning Competence Center (ILC2)
II. In-Company Executive Education
III. The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Focus on Entrepreneurship
- FBS works closely with the renowned Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, U.S.A.). Amongst other subjects, FBS-MBA students take a module in Global Entrepreneurship in Chicago. - The school is an independent not-for-profit organization and does not make use of government subsidies. - FBS celebrates a double anniversary in 2010. The school has existed for 10 years under its current name and form (focus on entrepreneurship) and has built up a 30 year tradition in MBA-education.
SOURCE: Flanders Business School
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