Educational Cooperation: Bilateral Agreements

Apart from international cooperation coordinated by specific externally funded programmes, Ghent University also cooperates on a bilateral basis with more than 150 higher education institutions outside of Europe.

Ghent University considers a bilateral agreement as an international cooperation agreement between two universities, concluded in order to start up joint initiatives or to intensify existing contacts. The main purpose is to create opportunities for student and staff mobility outside Europe.

Funds are provided to donate incentives to guarantee the continuity and to activate new initiatives to facilitate mobility of staff & students.

The existing agreements with partner universities have been subjected to a profound analysis in order to optimise and rationalise the use of the available funds.

    Types of Agreements

    • Memorandum of Understanding: an institutional, general and formal agreement, concluded for a maximum period of 3 years
    • Bilateral agreement: the conclusion generally occurs in 2 phases: first, there is the ‘Letter of Intent’, an agreement for a maximum duration of 1 year, concluded in order to agree on the organization of mobility. Second, it is possible to conclude a ‘Cooperation Agreement’, where the concrete and detailed engagements on cooperation and mobility will be mentioned.

    Activities and financial support

      Possible activities within the framework of a bilateral agreement are

      • development of mutually beneficial academic programmes and courses
      • exchange of academic staff and research assistants for main purpose of teaching
      • exchange of students for study and research
      • reciprocal assistance for visiting academic staff and students
      • exchange of documentation, pedagogical information and research materials

      For the current ‘Cooperation Agreements’, there is limited financial support for mobile students and/or staff. The budget is divided between the faculties, with management at central level. It is the decision of the faculty, in accordance with central guidelines which activities within the framework of the ‘Cooperation Agreements’ can be supported. In that way, Ghent University tries to create maximum opportunities for the whole university community.

      More info

        Map of all Ghent University bilateral agreements: www.ugent.be/intranet/nl/op-het-werk/onderzoek-onderwijs/internationaal/onderwijsactiviteiten/financiering/bilaks 

        Mrs. Reintje Reynebeau & Mrs. Elisabeth Velle
        Non-Erasmusagreements@UGent.be

        Het Pand, Onderbergen 1
        B-9000 Gent
        +32 9 264 70 17 / +32 9 264 70 24