Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

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Age: 108. The SBS was founded in 1903, and the MBA programme was created in 1990.

History: Founded by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay. The MBA has been AMBA accredited since 2004, and the following year it also became EQUIS accredited.

Address: Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 21, Brussels, Belgium.

Ambience: The school welcomes around 2700 students who participate in more than 30 programmes, including the Bachelor's degree in management, an MSc in management, and the Solvay Brussels MBA. The MBA programme has 44 students.

Vital statistics: Thirty nationalities are represented in all, and 71 per cent of the student body are from overseas. Students on the full-time MBA have an average of 8 years of professional experience; on the part-time, 11 years. Less than 3 per cent of full-time students, and none of the part-time students, have less than three years' experience.

Added value: An international programme – most students and faculty are from abroad. A great location in Brussels, the gateway in and out of Europe.

Easy to get into? For the MBA, candidates must have a university degree, a GMAT score or equivalent on-campus assessment of English and analytical and mathematical knowledge, and at least three years' work experience.

Glittering alumni: Previous president of Coca-Cola China, the vice-president of BCG Belgium, various CEO of companies in HR, Energy, Luxury Goods, and others.

International connections: The school has 73 partners worldwide. The MBA has an elective course in Hong Kong.

Student profile: International, career-driven participants.

Cost: Full-time MBA is €25,000.

Who's the boss? The school's president is Mathias Dewatripont and the academic director of the MBA programme is Hugues Pirotte.

Prospectus: +32 (0)2 650 65 17;;