Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation

Vision

Ghent University first identified its priorities regarding Internationalisation in an Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalisation (IPPI) for the period 2014-2018. The IPPI 2019-2023 builds on this 1st policy plan and aims for Ghent University to take a leading role in Europe  as a university that excels internationally in education and research, where all members of the Ghent University community, regardless of their background, feel at home and where students are optimally prepared for the challenges of today's globalized society and labour market, across national borders.

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

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 optimize the quality of its education, research and services to society. At the same time, 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. In the pursuit of these ambitions, other considerations need to be made, such as the possible limitations that may arise with regard to human rights when selecting partner institutions and how to reconcile these ambitions with a pioneering role regarding sustainability. To this end, a holistic and ethical framework is used in order to guide Ghent University’s internationalisation policy within the existing international context.

Ghent University applies a model of embedded internationalisation, in which internationalisation is inextricably linked to other university-wide policy visions and plans, and is embedded within the existing central and faculty structures. The implementation of the IPPI, for example, will greatly contribute to the achievement of the university-wide objectives.

In order to achieve the intended leadership role and to realize these ambitions, 12 priority areas have been defined within the IPPI 2019-2023, subdivided into 4 clusters:

  • Making effective strategic choices regarding qualitative partnerships
  • Strengthening the current operations regarding Regional Platforms, International Thematic Networks & Strategic Institutional Partnerships
  • Rolling out the pilot project "U4Society, an inclusive European University for all"
  • Expanding the Ghent University Global Campus in South Korea (GUGC)
  • Strengthening Ghent University's international image
  • Strengthening the innovative role of internationalisation within Ghent University through monitoring and reporting
  • Collaborate with universities and research centres in the Global South
  • Expanding the offered opportunities for internationalisation experiences for students, researchers and staff members
  • Active talent recruitment
  • Improving welcoming and supervision services for international staff, researchers and students
  • International alumni policy

 

  • Optimize the positioning, composition, responsibilities of the internationalisation structures, both at central and faculty level

Download the full Integrated Policy Plan for Internationalization 2019-2023

Next steps: Community Afternoons

In a next step, an action plan will be developed by May 2020, that sets objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), activities, budget, responsibilities and a timeline for each priority area.

Ghent University is pleased to invite its entire community to actively participate during these brainstorming sessions, in order to work out the best possible action plans together. During our community afternoons participants are invited to identify the main obstacles and levers and to formulate possible action points that are prioritized by a working group and converted into an action plan. Every session will be introduced by a substantive expert and facilitated by a process supervisor. All sessions will take place in the Academieraadzaal (campus Aula, Voldersstraat 9) from noon till 14:00. In order to maximize the international participation, the discussions will be held in English.

More details about the community afternoons is available on www.ugent.be/en/news-events/community-noons-internationalisation.htm.

Contact

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

Expert Group

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, Director for Internationalisation

Vice-Chair

  • Mike Nachtegael, Chief Academic Administrator

Members

  • Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Director of Education - substitute: Bieke Morlion
  • Ignace Lemahieu, Director of Research - substitute: Esther De Smet
  • Gert Vermeulen, Faculty of Law and Criminology - substitute: Tom Van Acker, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Pascal Boeckx, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - substitute: Lieva Van Langenhove, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Kristiane Van Lierde, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - substitute: Annemie Decostere, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
  • Dorine Lenoir, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - substitute: An Verelst, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Stefanie Vermeire, Faculty of Sciences - substitute: Tim Joosen, Research Department
  • Youri Dinneweth, student - substitute: Olivier De Bolster

Members with advisory vote

  • Frederik De Decker, Head of International Relations Office
  • Dirk De Craemer, Head of Research Co-ordination Office

Secretary

  • Laurence Hendrickx

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
  • Andreas Niehaus, An Desmet - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Peter Van Elsuweghe, Inneke Plasschaert - Faculty of Law
  • Dominique Van Der Straeten, Patrick Bultinck - Faculty of Sciences
  • Astrid Delbeke, 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 Communication and Marketing
  • Sylvia D'hooge, Ellen Cockelbergh - Department of Administrative Affairs
  • Hilde Van Overberghe - Department of Personnel and Organization
  • Patrick 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, Dominiek Maes - 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, Tom Evens - 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 Communication and Marketing
  • Sylvia D'hooge, Saartje Matton - Department of Administrative Affairs
  • Mieke Van de Putte - 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, Veronique L'Ecluse - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Catherine Delesalle - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Nico Böhler, 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
  • Stijn Joye, Sarah Van Leuven - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  • Astrid Decloet, Andreas De Clercq - student representative

COS

Tce 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, Director for Internationalisation

Members

  • Mike Nachtegael, Chief Academic Administrator
  • Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, 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
  • Kristine Walraevens/Wim Bert - 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, Sarah Gabriël - Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
  • Martin Valcke, Ilse Derluyn - Faculty of Psychology 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
  • Luce Beeckmans, Peter Decat - AAP representative
  • Dieter Roefs, Rudy Gevaert - ATP representative
  • Zoë Vandamme, Jasper De Smedt - student representative

Members with advisory vote

  • Yannick De Clercq, Government Commissioner
  • 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

  • Nancy Terryn, 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 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, Director for Internationalisation

Members

  • Andreas Niehaus - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Peter Van Elsuwege - Faculty of Law and Criminology
  • Mieke Adriaens - Faculty of Sciences
  • Kristiane Van Lierde - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Kim Verbeken - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Frank Naert - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Dominiek Maes - Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
  • Martin Valcke - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Luc Tirry- Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Sarah De Saeger - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Peter Stevens - 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