Antwerp Management School takes over Flanders Institute for Mobility


How can we shift towards better, sustainable mobility in 2050? This is one of the questions pondered by the Flanders Institute for Mobility (VIM), now to be joined by the Antwerp Management School (AMS).

The AMS is taking over the VIM in a move that will enable it to further exploit and expand the comprehensive expertise and extensive network that the VIM has built up over the past 10 years.

Striving for excellence

The AMS has been offering high-quality management courses for more than 50 years, and its research provides major impetus for economic and social activities both in Belgium and abroad.

“We enter into full partnerships with companies and organisations that strive for excellence in their field,” said AMS Dean Paul Matthyssens. “We then look for synergies with our partners.”

Promising mobility projects

The VIM has already been involved in an impressive array of mobility projects, each testing smart mobility solutions in practice.

Here are three examples:

  • The creation of the company Citydepot, which already manages sustainable distribution for seven cities.
  • Watertruck+, which promotes transport via inland waterways. As part of this European project, a fleet of independent pushers and barges is being built.
  • The Transmob project, which is currently running in and around Antwerp. The project collects and analyses mobility data, which it uses to develop and roll out smart mobility solutions.

Takeover prompted by loss of subsidies

The takeover comes as no surprise. As soon as the VIM found out that it would stop receiving Flemish subsidies on 1 January 2016, it started looking for a new financial backer. As part of AMS it can now continue its activities.

Last year, the AMS took over the design centre Flanders Inshape. This Flemish competence centre for design-driven innovation helps companies tailor their innovations to various technological, economic and social trends.