Mission to Ecuador

(26-11-2019) From 1 to 6 October, Rector Rik Van de Walle has visited Ecuador together with a delegation from Ghent University.

On 1 October, the rector and a Ghent University delegation joined the ‘Sustainable use of water’ conference organised by the International Water Association (IWA), ESPOL, and Ghent University. Professor Peter Goethals, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, was one of the keynote speakers.

On 2 October, the delegation visited Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL). The cooperation with ESPOL lies mainly within the context of the VLIR-UOS operation and focuses primarily on development cooperation. In the evening, a special alumni event was organized. The Rector met about 30 Alumni from Ecuador or living in Ecuador. As a result of this event, a national chapter will possibly be opened in 2020.

Film Alumni event.

The Galapagos Islands offer unique natural resources for research. In 1962, Ghent University led a mission to these islands. This mission was an initiative of paleontologist and strategist Victor Van Straelen (1889-1964), chairman of the Fundación Charles Darwin para las Islas Galápagos, founded by UNESCO in 1959. Van Straelen was a major asset in his career, including in nature conservation and animal protection initiatives. More information

Nowadays, Ghent University has established a privileged position and was offered the opportunity to establish links with the Charles Darwin Foundation. During the visit, the Rector signed a cooperation agreement with the Charles Darwin Station which enables the university to do further relevant research, amongst others to improve the water quality and so improve the quality of life of both the local population and the extraordinary ecosystem.

See the short film here

Mission to Ecuador