Prestigious award for innovation in internationalisation

(31-08-2017) Ghent University wins the Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalization of the European Association for International Education (EAIE).

In the year in which both the 200-year anniversary of the university and the thirtieth birthday of the Erasmus programme is being celebrated, Ghent University is very pleased to be able to call itself the most innovative university of Europe in internationalization. The award will be handed out in two weeks at the annual EAIE conference (Seville, 12 - 15 September 2017) in the presence of 5,000 participants from around the world.

Ghent University is active on the international scene since a very long time and is very proud to receive this recognition. For decades numerous successful internationalization initiatives have been set up both in education and research, at all levels of the university. The most visible result are the more than 1,400 exchange students which study at Ghent University every year. With about the same number of outgoing exchange students, Ghent University currently sees 22% of its graduates perform an exchange study abroad. The largest part of these students is financially supported by the Erasmus+ funding programme, which also contributes to the innovation of Ghent University’s educational offer through the funding of numerous projects.

The university, its staff and students, not only benefited from European funding, but throughout the past decades also significantly contributed to the development of the European Higher Education Area. A continuous striving for quality in the study abroad experience and the reinforcement of the quality of its own education through international collaboration was and is the prime motivator for the university. Indeed the university was and is involved in the development of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the realization of a large number of international joint master programmes with joint degree awarding, the sharing of good practice in internationalization with institutions outside Europe, the development of strategic partnerships, etc. The university does all this in close collaboration with partner universities from all over the globe, and now sees itself recognized for these efforts.