About us

Ghent University has a long-standing tradition of cooperation with universities in Latin America.  Whenever possible, UGent seizes the opportunity to intensify ongoing collaboration activities and to explore new possibilities for cooperation. As a result, the CESAM (Central and South America) Platform has been established in January 2016. As one of the six regional platforms, CESAM will contribute to the internationalisation strategy of Ghent University.


  • supporting the development of new initiatives in mobility and new forms of cooperation
  • matching the academic and administrative expertise with external know-how
  • promoting the expertise and activities of Ghent University towards Latin America
  • striving for ompact in the region and on the external policy towards this region


The CESAM Platform will initially focus on sustainable development aspects, as many activities are now developed with high impacts on the environment and what might lead even to a decline in the productivity.

Further, the platform will make use of a HUB structure for developing local activities, as in these countries financial and organisational support can be embedded in ongoing projects.


Daily management

Academic Chair: Prof. Peter Goethals (Bioscience Engineering)
Coordinator: Mrs. Barbara Claeys (UGent Internationalisation)
Vice-coordinator: Mrs. Nancy Terryn (Research Coordination)

Steering Committee

Academic Chair + coordinator +  faculty representatives + Academic Director for Internationalisation (Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck)

Faculty members

Currently seven faculties have committed to actively support the platform and assigned a representative to join the Steering Committee:

Xavier Gellynck (Bioscience Engineering)
Koen Dewettinck (Bioscience Engineering)
Stijn Speelman (Bioscience Engineering)
Ilse Logie (Arts and Philosophy)
Frank Maes (Law)
Stefaan De Henauw (Medicine and Health Sciences)
Martin Valcke (Psychology & Educational Sciences)
Marleen De Troch (Sciences)
Frank Pasmans (Veterinary Medicine)


Mrs. Barbara Claeys
International Relations Office
Ghent University - CESAM Platform
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium