Rik Van de Walle and Mieke Van Herreweghe candidates in second cycle of voting

(31-05-2017) Rik Van De Walle and Mieke Van Herreweghe present themselves as candidates in the second cycle of voting of the rector and vice-rector elections.

On Monday 19 June 2017 at 8:00, the first round of the new cycle begins. The election rules will remain the same. For example, candidates must come up as a duo, and within each pair there must be a gender balance. Both staff and students can vote. A two-thirds majority of votes is required to be elected.



  • Professor Rik Van de Walle is candidate for rector. In 2012 he became the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Since 2014, he leads the Department of Electronics and Information Systems. 
  • Professor Mieke Van Herreweghe is candidate for vice-rector. She is Professor of English Linguistics since 2012. Her expertise is the acquisition of English as a foreign language and historical aspects of the English and the Flemish Sign Language.

Rik Van de Walle and Mieke Van Herreweghe:

After lengthy deliberations and starting from reciprocal trust that has been built up step by step, we have arrived at a common programme that contains the most important elements of our original programmes and that we can all fully embrace. We are convinced that the implementation of this programme would be very beneficial to our university and to the UGhentians.
The explicit desire – expressed by us and by many other people – to bring visions together, to let us all come together and to realise an ambitious project has led to the question of expanding the rectoral team. We plea for the possibility to appoint extra vice-rectors at our university (which by the way has long been possible at other Flemish universities), who would become full members of the rectoral team, together with the elected rector and vice-rector.

Their full programme can be found on rikenmieke.ugent.be


All staff and students who are entitled to vote will receive targeted communication from the candidates. They will also receive an extra edition of the newsletter for students and staff in which the candidates present their vision on the future of Ghent University. News about the elections can also be found on the university website, Minerva and the website of the elections.

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