International Relations Office

The IRO is the office within the Central Ghent University Administration that is in charge of implementing the international policy of Ghent University. It promotes, informs, counsels and supports the Ghent University community to give shape to its international endeavours.

Students can get assistance from the International Support Team (part of the IRO).


Korte Meer 9
B-9000 Ghent

Tel +32 (0)9 264 70 02 / +32 (0)9 264 70 03 / +32 (0)9 264 70 04

Office hours: 9am - 12am and 2pm - 4pm

How to get to the IRO? See the route description.


Head of Office
Frederik DE DECKER
Deputy Head of Office
Geneviève COCHEZ

Secretariat /

Belinda BÜGLER



General secretariat and administration, administration institutional bilateral agreements, visitor cards, …

Financial management
Bart PATTYN Financial project management
Geert VAN DAMME Financial project management
Jan RUMES Invoicing, Refund, Concur, Internal Transfers, …
Kristof VAN HOECKE Financial project management

International Support Team

Benedicte DESMEDT






Administrative and social support for incoming degree students, and for incoming and outgoing exchange students.
Erasmus+ credit mobility, social media.

Laïla BOULYOU Visa-issues, Solvency, residence permit
An VAN LAEKEN Visa for staff

Abroad After Studies
Laïla BOULYOU Administrative support for international postgraduate internships
Patricia BURSSENS Scholarships for postgraduate studies and (international) work placement abroad; contact person for Erasmus+ Traineeship mobility, Ghent University Community of Practice for Work Placements, Flemish Traineeship Mobility Consortium ‘Flanders Traineeship Platform’, member of Flemish experts group International Work Placement, board member Leo-Net. BAEF and Fulbright

International Alumni
Carole PICAVET International alumni relations and worldwide UGent alumni chapters

Regional Platforms
Anna SASHCHENKO Eureast Platform -
Coordinator Eureast Platform
Annelies VERDOOLAEGE Africa Platform
Coordinator Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
Barbara CLAEYS CESAM Platform -
Coordinator Latin-America Platform
Elisabeth VELLE North America Platform
Coordinator North America Platform
Inge MANGELSCHOTS East Asia Platform -
Coordinator East Asia Platform in collaboration with the representative in Beijing
Jean DHONT ASEAN & South Asia Platform -
Coordinator ASEANplus Platform

Gijs COUCKE Executive Secretary
Delfien CLOET Project Manager
Marieke MERCKX Societal outreach, ENLIGHT Thematic Networks

EU projects
Andries VERSPEETEN European policy in Higher Education, Institutional networks, EU education project team, Erasmus+ KA2 and KA3, Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters
Barbara CLAEYS Erasmus + programme: Key Action 2 Capacity Building in Higher Education, Santander Group, Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (partner projects)
Klaas PORTIER Alliances for Innovation, Capacity Building in Higher Education, Jean Monnet
Lotte LAENEN Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, Cooperation Partnerships, Strategic Partnerships, Forward Looking Projects, Key Action 3 (Policy Development and Cooperation)
Nick PROVOOST Cooperation Partnerships

Mobility policy and internationalisation of the curriculum
An GEYSEN Travel Risk Management
An VAN LAEKEN Erasmus+ Staff Mobility
Geneviève COCHEZ Erasmus+ programme (KA1 mobility within Europe), Erasmus Belgica, Travel Risk Management
Paul LEYS Data management and analysis (incl. mobility registration and administration in Oasis), eQuATIC project, Erasmus Without Paper project, integrating international/intercultural competencies (IIC) in study programmes
Reintje REYNEBEAU Support for new study programmes, curriculum and internationalisation, embedding international/intercultural competences (IIC) in education, Joint Masters/Double Degrees, Scholarships outside of Erasmus zone 
Thibault HOOGSTOEL Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP), Summer Schools
Thomas BUERMAN Recruitment international students, Student Centre

Academic Diplomacy
Elisabeth VELLE
Isabelle DE COEN

Agreements and cooperations / networks
Anna SASHCHENKO EUniverCities, 3i University Network (Lille), Kent
Elisabeth VELLE Administration of Global Partnerships / inter-institutional Agreements outside EU
International Support Team Administration of inter-institutional Agreements within EU
Marieke MERCKX Coordination of institutional international cooperation, International Thematic Networks (ITN)