Candidates for rector and vice-rector announced

(17-03-2017) The candidates for the upcoming rectorial elections are announced: Rik Van de Walle & Mieke Van Herreweghe, and Guido Van Huylenbroeck & Sarah De Saeger.

The Ghent University elections for a new rector and vice-rector are about to begin. The election rules were changed significantly compared to the previous elections. Both staff and students can vote now. The candidates must come as a duo, and within each pair there must be a gender balance.

The first round will start on April 19 2017. The duo which achieves a two-thirds majority of votes is elected.

The candidates

Rik Van de Walle and Mieke Van Herreweghe

  • Professor Rik Van de Walle is candidate for rector. In 2012 he became the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Since 2014, he leads the Department of Electronics and Information Systems. 
  • Professor Mieke Van Herreweghe is candidate for vice-rector. She is Professor of English Linguistics since 2012. Her expertise is the acquisition of English as a foreign language and historical aspects of the English and the Flemish Sign Language.

Guido Van Huylenbroeck and Sarah De Saeger

  • Professor Guido Van Huylenbroeck is candidate for rector. From 2008 to 2015 he was the dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Eengineering. At this moment, he is Academic Director Internationalization.
  • Professor Sarah De Saeger is candidate for vice-rector. She is a professor at the Department of Bio-analysis. Her areas of expertise are food safety and food analysis.


Can I vote?

You can verify if your name is enlisted on the register of voters.


All information about the election rules can be found on