Ghent University now better represented in Europe

(14-10-2016) Ghent University becomes a member of The Guild, a new European network- and lobby organisation. As of now, Ghent University has an extra communication channel to influence European decision making processes in research and education.

The Guild

The Board of Directors of Ghent University has agreed on the membership of the European network- and lobby organisation for research-intensive universities ‘The Guild’. This new organisation will defend the common European research- and innovation interests of its members as good as possible. Both the European Commission and a couple of universities were in favour of developing a powerful lobby organisation for research-intensive universities next to existing European networks.


Thanks to its membership of The Guild, Ghent University will be able to better defend her specific research and innovation interests. This will be particularly true for decision making processes regarding the European Research Area (ERA) and Horizon 2020. But also on the decisions regarding the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and Erasmus+, the opinion of the university will be heard in a better way. After all, the membership will create more visibility and prestige for Ghent University.

The Guild functions moreover as a megaphone for the interests of Ghent University and facilitates our contacts with the European Commission.


The following universities formally joined already: University of Bologna, University of Glasgow, University of Göttingen, University of Groningen, Jagiellonian University (Krakow), King’s College London, University of Ljubljana, University of Oslo, University of Tartu, University of Tübingen, University of Uppsala and University of Warwick. Ghent University will be added to the list.

Together with the other universities, Ghent University looks forward to create a powerful European network- and lobby organisation. On 21 November, the Guild will be presented to the European Institutions Institutions, with all the first set of members being announced by then.