Chairs at Ghent University: how does it work?

(04-05-2023) Companies or organizations that want to fund scientific research or education on a particular topic can do so through a chair. It is a form of collaboration with the university on new developments in areas of importance to society.

What is a chair?

In a chair, Ghent University researchers and/or lecturers work together with one or more, external partners. These may be companies, organizations or private individuals. The partners finance (part of) the research or teaching activity, and are closely involved in the operation of the chair. For example, partners are kept informed of relevant research results. In this case, the research group provides regular feedback, but retains academic freedom. The funding partner chooses the name of the chair. This can be, for example, the name of a company or of a person they want to honor.