Reformed Master's (LLN) / An interview with Paul Belleflamme, Programme Academic Director


The Master’s in Business Engineering (MBE, 120 ECTS) and Master’s in Management (MIM, 120 ECTS) in Louvain-la-Neuve share the common ambition of developing competent leaders who are:

  • Ethical and community-minded – that is, people who care about broader society, are willing to undertake cultural change for more ethical and sustainable developments, and are able to contribute to the common good by participating in the design of a new political governance;
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative – that is, people who are willing and able to launch innovative projects, solve complex problems by adopting a systemic perspective, and change business norms;
  • Responsible and inspiring – that is, people who are free, talented and respectful of the talents of others, profoundly honest and tolerant, and also clear-sighted and dynamic personalities.

The MBE and MIM programmes are calibrated to achieve this ambition. They both rest on a common structure, composed of the following four blocks:

  • Core training. All master's students must complete four core courses that equip them with the necessary knowledge and competences to achieve excellence and ethics in management in today’s challenging world. Through these courses, students acquire a broad and solid grasp of the two forces that are deeply reshaping our society and economy – Green Transition and Digital Transformation – whilst being provided with the appropriate set of methods and guiding principles – Complexity Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Specialized training. Students acquire in-depth education in some field of management by choosing a Major, that is, a group of five connected courses that focus on a given subject (finance, marketing, supply-chain, people management, …) or topic (innovation, European business, sustainability, …). Students also hone their knowledge of a specific management issue through the autonomous, critical, and rigorous research they perform for the completion of their Master Thesis.
  • Business exposure. Students get acquainted with the practical business environment in several ways. In the first term of the programme, students achieve a Group Project under the joint supervision of professors and practitioners; the aim is to solve a real business problem and, thereby, to acquire a hands-on learning experience. In the fourth term, students must complete an Internship of minimum 60 consecutive days. Two seminars also expose students to Current Managerial Issues (through testimonies of high-profile executives) and equip them with Relational and Managerial Competences.
  • International exposure. To prepare students to the global environment in which they will evolve, our programmes propose several ways for strengthening their flexibility, intercultural skills, and open-mindedness. Our Exchange Programme allows students to spend the third term of the programme in one of our 100+ partner universities throughout the world. Students who cannot seize this opportunity take a dedicated set of courses – including Cross-cultural Management and Language courses. Students are also regularly presented with global managerial issues and brought into contact with international organizations through a large array of activities.

Paul Belleflamme
Master's 120 (LLN) Programmes Academic Director

Published on December 20, 2021