About us


The platform is the gateway to collaboration between UGent researchers and educators and ASEAN partners in higher education, research, policy and industry. We intend to:

  • develop a coherent collaboration approach
  • collate information on UGent expertise in the region
  • create synergy between ongoing activities 
  • foster new collaborations

Vietnamese schoolchildren at saltponds near Vinh Chau

ASEANplus within UGent

The ASEANplus Platform is one of the 6 UGent regional platforms which constitute a pillar of Ghent University Internationalisation strategy.

other Regional Platforms: China Platform; Eureastplatform; Africa Platform; CESAM Platform (Central and South America)

Who we are

Management Board

  • Academic Chair: Prof. Peter Bossier (Bioscience Engineering)
  • Coordinator: Jean Dhont (UGent Internationalisation)
  • Academic Director for Internationalisation: Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck
  • Faculty representatives:
    • Michael Frömmel - Economics and Business Administration

    • Christine Yung Hung - Bioscience Engineering

    • Marie Anne Eurie Forio - Bioscience Engineering

    • Mark Saeys - Engineering & Architecture
    • Erwan Lannon - Law & Criminology
    • Andreas Niehaus - Arts & Philosophy
    • Frank Naert - Economy & Business administration
    • Jeroen Adam - Political and Social Sciences
    • Martin Valcke - Psychology & Educational Sciences
    • Thomas Hermans - Sciences

    • Johan De Grave - Sciences
    • Hans Nauwynck - Veterinary Medicine
    • Barbara Vanderstraeten - Medical and Health Sciences
    • Frauke Coppieters - Medical and Health Sciences
    • Marthe De Boevre - Pharmaceutical
  • Academic advisor: Patrick Sorgeloos


We aim at offering services to all UGent staff members interested in collaborating with ASEAN partners. On top of that, we promote the involvement of following partners:

  • HoWest, HoGent & Artevelde Hogeschool
  • City of Ghent, Province of East-Flanders
  • Flanders Investment & Trade

Where we are active

  • ASEAN = Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
  • plus = Bangladesh, South-Korea, Japan, …

 ASEAN map