Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation

Vision

In the Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation Ghent University defines the priorities in internationalisation for 2014-2018.

For many years Ghent University has been one of the most active international players in the field of higher education both in Flanders and Europe. However, the university leadership deemed the development of an integrated strategy necessary in order to tackle future challenges with a pro-active and coordinated policy.

The Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation creates a framework for bottom-up initiatives in a setting of quality control and transparency, and sets the context for strategic partnerships.

Starting from the 'why question', the Integrated Policy Plan, determines the outline of an institutional vision on internationalisation and identifies five strategic goals.

Why make structural investments in internationalisation?

  • Internationalisation is a driving force for innovation
  • Internationalisation creates synergies, inside and outside the institution
  • Internationalisation leads to a higher quality of education, research and service to society
  • Internationalisation provides content to the social and global responsibility of Ghent University
  • Internationalisation strengthens the reputation of Ghent University

Why invest in an integrated policy?

  • Internationalisation is a binding factor within the organisation and interdisciplinary
  • Policy provides a framework for both central and decentralised initiatives
  • Integration increases the return on investment

An institutional vision on internationalisation

For Ghent University internationalisation offers important opportunities to tackle the challenges it is confronted with, both internally and externally, and to optimise the quality of its education, research and services to society. Ghent University aims for a greater international visibility and competitiveness and for an impact on external policies (Flemish, Belgian and European) in the field of international cooperation.

To this end the institution establishes an empowering policy development structure in which communication and discussion are key elements in order to guarantee broad support for the choices made.

Based on a thorough analysis and starting from its own strengths, Ghent University chooses specific preferential models and regions for cooperation, aiming towards a maximum of synergies inside and outside the institution. Ghent University sets clear goals for each form of cooperation, strives for tangible impact on both sides of the cooperation and creates an incentive structure to ensure maximized participation in the policy decisions.

Furthermore, Ghent University profoundly internationalises its education and research through a continuous extension of its internationally oriented offer and by attracting, in a targeted way, international students and staff. In doing so, Ghent University wishes to distinguish itself internationally and to take a permanent leading role in higher education.

Five Strategic goals

  • Appointing a Policy Coordinator for Internationalisation
  • Creating an Expert Group as advisory board on internationalisation
  • Creating thematic working groups in support of the Expert Group
  • Strengthening the university-wide mailing service “News on Internationalisation” and organizing training sessions on internationalisation
  • Streamlining the funding schemes for internationalisation
  • Developing faculty plans for internationalisation
  • Creating an incentive model for institutional choices with structural support (financial and administrative)
  • Quality assurance in policy development: using in-house experience and setting up external peer review
  • Releaving administrative workload for academic staff
  • Commitment to qualitative high level partnerships
  • Structuring preferential international cooperation in three forms
    • Regional platforms
    • Thematic networks
    • Institutional partnerships
  • Creating a centralised database for all forms of international cooperation
  • Focus on regional international cooperation and North-South cooperation
  • Further development of the Ghent University Global Campus (Republic of Korea)
  • Increasing the outgoing exchange mobility to 25% by 2020
  • Expanding the English-taught course and programme offer
  • Strengthening the interaction between local and international students
  • Engaging academic staff as multipliers of internationalisation
  • Reforming internationalisation@home: from projects to structural support
  • International recruitment on master and PhD-level
  • Development of online procedures
  • Development of a preparatory programme
  • Recruiting international staff with attention to pre- and post-recruitment guidance and counselling
  • International analysis of the strengths as the base
  • Developing international communication tools within a unified corporate identity
  • Further developing the network of international alumni and honorary doctors
  • Acting as an active stakeholder in the international policy making

Contact

Prof. dr. Guido Van Huylenbroeck
Academic Director for Internationalisation
'Het Pand', Onderbergen 1
B-9000 Gent - België
T +32 9 264 31 17

Expert Group

Voor/front: Annemie De Costere, Godelieve Gheysen, Magda Vincx, Eva Brems, Annelies Verdoolaege, Andries Verspeeten; achter/back: Wim Hoste, Tim Deprez, Luc Taerwe, Ignace Lemahieu, Kries Versluys, Kliment Kostadinov, Hilde Van Peteghem, Bieke Morlion, Esther De Smet, Gilles Pourtois. Niet op de foto/not in the picture: Koen Goethals, Jan Philippé, Ineke De Bisschop.
Voor/front: Annemie De Costere, Godelieve Gheysen, Magda Vincx, Eva Brems, Annelies Verdoolaege, Andries Verspeeten; achter/back: Wim Hoste, Tim Deprez, Luc Taerwe, Ignace Lemahieu, Kries Versluys, Kliment Kostadinov, Hilde Van Peteghem, Bieke Morlion, Esther De Smet, Gilles Pourtois. Niet op de foto/not in the picture: Koen Goethals, Jan Philippé, Ineke De Bisschop.
For all matters concerning internationalisation, international cooperation and international mobility, the governing bodies of Ghent University will depend on the advice of one advisory body: the Expert Group on Internationalisation.

The composition of the Expert Group is determined by two principles: representativeness (meeting the diversity in internationalisation and of the institution) and manageability (limited size).

Composition

Chair: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Vice-Chair: Koen Goethals, Chief Academic Administrator

Members
Kristiaan Versluys, Director of Education - substitute: Bieke Morlion
Ignace Lemahieu, Director of Research - substitute: Esther De Smet
Eva Brems, Faculty of Law and Criminology - substitute: Gilles Pourtois, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Godelieve Gheysen, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - substitute: Luc Taerwe, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Jan Philippé, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - substitute: Annemie Decostere, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Annelies Verdoolaege, Faculty Arts and Philosophy - substitute: Karen Büscher, Faculty of Sciences
Wim Hoste, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - substitute: Hilde Van Peteghem, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Evelyne Van Waes, student - substitute: Tim Van Den Bossche

Members with advisory vote
Frederik De Decker, Head of International Relations Office
Dirk De Craemer, Head of Research Co-ordination Office

Secretary: Andries Verspeeten

Working groups

The meetings of the Expert Group will be prepared by a number of thematically oriented – and thus university-wide - working groups which gather the available expertise at our university. Each of the working groups is chaired by the Policy Coordinator for Internationalisation. For the practical organization and the drafting of the reports, a secretary was appointed for each working group.

During the first start-up phase, the operational goals have been divided over five thematic working groups on internationalisation.

Chair: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Secretary: Dirk De Craemer, Research Department

Members
Gijs Coucke, Rein Reynebeau - Department of Education
Nancy Terryn, Esther De Smet - Research Department
Nico Van Moortel - Department of Information and Communication Technology
Kristoffel Demoen, An Desmet - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Marc De Vos, Inneke Plasschaert - Faculty of Law
Philippe De Maeyer, Patrick Bultinck - Faculty of Sciences
Jan De Maeseneer, Benedicte Desmet - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Roel Baets, Johan Lagae - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Frank Naert, Nick Provoost - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Luc Duchateau, Jimmy Saunders - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Pascal Boeckx, Hilde Vandecasteele - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Ilse Derluyn, Martin Valcke - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Thomas De Beer - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ronan Van Rossem, Hilde Van Peteghem - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Jelle Heyvaert, Eva Sorgeloos - student representative

Voorzitter: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Secretary: Delfien Cloet, Department of Education

Members
Geneviève Cochez, Isabelle De Coen, Nathalie Depoorter, Karel De Middeleir, Piet Ruyssinck, Marleen Vereecken, Charlotte Cailliau, Nele Goethals, Katrijn Provoost, Hanneke Pyck - Department of Education
Nancy Terryn, Esther De Smet - Research Department
Isabel Paeme, Laurens Beke - Department of Administrative Affairs
Hilde Van Overbergen - Department of Personnel and Organization
Patric Cool - Department of Information and Communication Technology
Francis Ascoop - Department of Student Facilities
Veerle Rotsaert, An Desmet - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Philip Traest, Svitlana Berezhna - Faculty of Law and Criminology
Luc Lens, Inge Dehennin - Faculty of Sciences
Hilde Van Waelvelde, Olivier Degomme - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hendrik Van Landeghem, Filip De Turck - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Anita Reynaert, Veronique L'Ecluse - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Ann Martens, Christian Burvenich - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Geert Van Hove, Jonas Lang - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Wim Hoste, Evelien Vandevelde - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Dries Ledoux, Sofie Van Bauwel - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Betty Borgers, Andreas De Clercq - student representative

Chair: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Secretary: Angelo De Bruycker, Department of Personnel and Organisation

Members
Barbara Claeys, Isabelle De Coen - Department of Education
Karen Vandevelde, Esther De Smet - Research Department
Isabel Paeme, Leen Van Remortel - Department of Administrative Affairs
Els Verhoye - Department of Personnel and Organization
Linda Vandendriessche - Department of Student Facilities
Claudia Crocco, Ann Vervaeke - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Veronique Christophe, Svitlana Berezhna - Faculty of Law and Criminology
Anja Sandrap, Frank Witlox - Faculty of Sciences
Kristiane Van Lierde, Olivier Degomme - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
El-Houssaine Aghezzaf, Filip De Turck - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Ignace De Beelde, Veroniqe L'Ecluse - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Catherine Delesalle, Christian Burvenich - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Rob Hartsuiker, Jonas Lang - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Gijs Du Laing, Evelien Vandevelde - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Christophe Stove - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Pieter Verdegem, Jeroen Huisman - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Astrid Decloet, Andreas De Clercq - student representative

COS

THe Commission Development Cooperation (Dutch: Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking - COS) is the advisory body to the Executive Board and the Board of Governors in the matter of university development cooperation. Besides this advisory role, the COS also advises the Flemisch Interuniversity Council, University Development Cooperation (VLIR-UOS).

Composition

Chair
Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Members
Koen Goethals, Chief Academic Administrator
Kristiaan Versluys, Director of Education
Ignace Lemahieu, Director of Research Department
Bart Keunen, Annelies Verdoolaege - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Yves Jorens, Eva Brems - Faculty of Law and Criminology
Ann Vanreusel, Kristine Walraevens - Faculty of Sciences
Olivier Degomme, Kristiane Van Lierde - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Leo Kestens, Gert De Cooman - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Ignace De Beelde, Nick Provoost - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Geert Janssens, Luc Duchateau - Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Martin Valcke, Ilse Derluyn - Faculty of Psyschology and Educational Sciences
Pascal Boeckx, Lieve Gheysen - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Sarah De Saeger, Stefaan De Smedt - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Koen Vlassenroot, Bert Suykens - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Heleen Vermandere, Karen Buscher - AAP representative
Dieter Roefs, Rudy Gevaert - ATP representative
Eva Sorgeloos, Betty Borgers - student representative

Members with advisory vote
Yannick De Clercq, Government Commissioner
Helke Baeyens, Research Department, Research Coordination Office
Nancy Terryn, Research Department, Research Coordination Office
Representative Ghent University College: Kathleen Van Heule, NN
Representative Artevelde University College: Séverine Van der Stighelen, Eric Van der Meirsch
Representative HoWest University College: Isabelle Pertry, Kurt Debaere

Secretary
Helke Baeyens, Research Department, Research Coordination Office

IFRI

The Interfaculty Resonance Group for Internationalisation (Dutch: Interfacultaire Resonantiegroep Internationalisering - IFRI) is the consultative body uniting the Faculty Chairs for Internationalisation (FCI). It is chaired by the Academic Director for Internationalisation. The resonance group forms the setting for debating evolutions and decisions in the framework of the integrated policy plan for internationalisation, and for the exchange of experiences regarding the implementation of the policy plan.

Composition

Chair
Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalisation

Members
Andreas Niehaus - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Marc De Vos - Faculty of Law and Criminology
Annemie Adriaens - Faculty of Sciences
Jan Philippé - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Johan Lagae - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Marc De Clercq - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Annemie Decostere - Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Martin Valcke - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Geert Haesaert - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Kevin Braeckmans - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sofie Van Bauwel - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Members with advisory vote
Frederik De Decker, Head of International Relations Office
Dirk De Craemer, Head of Research Coordination Office

Secretary
Andries Verspeeten, International Relations Office