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1 WHERE? Xx July 2009 Valère Meus Head of the International Relations Office Ghent University General introduction and Internationalisation Policy Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009

2 Outline Ghent University A rich history Present – Facts and numbers students, PhD students, staff members Organisation education and research International Strategy Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009

3 Ghent University A rich history Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Het PandBook TowerAula

4 Ghent University A rich history Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Founded in 1817 by William I, King of the Netherlands Belgian independence 1830: Belgian State University Alma Mater of eminent scientists: Joseph Plateau, Leo Baekeland, Corneel Heymans, Dirk Frimout Alma Mater of Jacques Rogge, IOC Decree of the Flemish Community 1991: great autonomy to Ghent University 2003: creation of Ghent University Association

5 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July s - today: uninterrupted growth 11 faculties, education and research in all scientific branches open, committed and pluralistic university broad international perspective located in the cultural and economic heart of Europe

6 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Revenue: 470 million EUR (2009) (direct funding Flemish Community: 49%) 58% of the revenue is used for personnel costs, 30% for operations and equipment, the remaining 12% goes to the depreciation of the university investments, risk provisions and financial costs

7 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July students (2009)

8 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Students per faculty

9 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Students per faculty - % foreign students FacultyForeignBelgianPercentage LW2714,5006% RE2523,7506.7% WE4262, % GE2194,7824.6% IR3392,80012% EB2012,4508% DI4291, % PP1264,5002.8% BW5891, % FW % PS1132,5004.5% TOTAL3,00332,0509.4%

10 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 PhD Students ( ) 2,608 PhD students of which 631 foreign PhD students (24%) 30 Chinese PhD students Dominant areas: Sciences, Engineering, Bioscience Engineering and Medical Sciences Trend: promoting Joint PhDs

11 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Number of PhD degrees awarded (1999 – 2008)

12 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July ,100 staff members approx. (2009 excl. Ghent University Hospital) 962 professors (autonomous academic staff) 1,068 assistants (assisting academic staff) 747 other scientific staff 2,307 administrative and technical staff members 2,010 externally financed researchers

13 Ghent University Present – Facts and Numbers Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Ghent University Hospital From 1987 on university hospital with corporate personality Annual budget: 400,000,000 EUR Staff members: 6,011 In patient treatment - admissions 78,357 - days of hospitalisation 298,255 - surgical interventions (general and local anesthesia) 30,462 Ambulatory care - consultations 402,708

14 Ghent University Organisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 chart Rector Board of Governors Executive Board 11 faculties 8 central departments (institutional administration) Department of Educational Affairs, Research Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Personnel and Organisation, Student Facilities, Infrastructure and Facility Management, the Financial Department and the Information and Communication Technology Department

15 Ghent University Organisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Education at Ghent University Central Administration: Dept. of Educational Affairs Director Prof. Dr. Kristiaan Versluys Educational Quality Control + Support Student Admini- stration and Study programmes Study and Career Advice International Relations Office

16 Ghent University Organisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Research at Ghent University Central Administration: Dept. of Research Affairs Director + Staff Prof. Dr. I. Lemahieu University Library Research Coordination Technology Transfer

17 Ghent University Organisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Ghent University Association Ghent University32,872 students University College Ghent1 13,000 students Artveldehogeschool University College8,000 students University College of West Flanders 4,000 students 57,000 students (28% of the total student population in Flanders) and 10,000 members of staff 200 basic courses (Bachelors and Masters) and 160 postgraduates in all scientific and academic fields

18 Ghent University Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009

19 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 International Strategy UGent Mission Statement (University Board 1998), art. 2: Ghent University defines itself in a broad international perspective and brings out its individuality in language and culture.

20 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 International Relations Office – Mission 1.Logistics of International Mobility: Facilitating international mobility of students, teaching and administrative staff within EU programmes and bilateral agreements 2.Programme management and coordination: Promotion and support of UGent participation in international educational programmes 3. Policy development: Preparing, advising and facilitating UGent Internationalisation Policy 4. Communication & marketing: promote Ghent University as a partner for international co-operation

21 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July Facilitating international mobility At central level => 1 Adviser for incoming exchange students 1 Advisor for outgoing exchange students Administrative preparation Help with application procedure Guidance through accommodation application : university student residences : 1520 rooms Welcome Day, exchange guides, support to ESN Language vouchers At faculty level (FCI staff) Academic preparation and follow up

22 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July Facilitating international mobility Student services University Residences 1520 rooms

23 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July International Education Programmes EU programmes Lifelong Learning Programme Tempus Alfa Atlantis - EU-Canada –Australia-NZ Erasmus Mundus Action 1 (EMMC) Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (formerly EMECW) Edulink Other > 80 interuniversity bilateral agreements International educational cooperation projects (Flemish Community) Networks: e.g. Santander Group

24 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Erasmus Mundus – Action 1: Master Courses UGent coordinates 6 EMMC programmes, and is partner in 2 more International Master of Science in Rural Development European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Photonics Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation European Master of Science in Nematology International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering European Master in Law and Economics Common European Master Course in Biomedical Engineering

25 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Erasmus Mundus – Action 2 (formerly EMECW) Cluster of countries Exchanges on all levels: bachelor, master, PhD, post-docs, teaching staff (1 to 36 months) UGent coordinates of 2 EM Action 2 projects: Western Balkan since BASILEUSBASILEUS China since LiSUMLiSUM UGent participates in several others as partner

26 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Bilateral Agreements Stimulates and finances cooperation with non-EU countries; focus on teaching staff and student exchange UGent: >80 agreements

27 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July Preparing, advising and facilitating UGent Internationalisation Policy New Policy Committee on Internationalisation, Chairman Rector/Vice-Rector Streamline different existing initiatives/policies and define new ones: interuniversity bilateral agreements spearhead disciplines preferential regions: Strat. Alliance, Interreg, AUGent, IRO members are asked as experts for e.g. EU Commission for evaluating projects etc

28 Ghent University Internationalisation Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Conclusion: Hard UGent IRO coordination of 6 EMMC programmes retaining ECTS label Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence 1/20 Succes stories Erasmus and Jean Monnet (DGEAC) China Platform + office in Beijing coordination of 2 EM Action 2 projects Western Balkans (BASILEUS) China (LiSUM)

29 Contact Ghent University – International Relations Office Valère Meus – Xx July 2009 Ghent University - International Relations Office Valère Meus Ghent University Department of Educational Affairs International Relations Office Onderbergen 4 a-c B-9000 Ghent Tel.: Fax:


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