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1 Internationalisation@K.U.Leuven and the K.U.Leuven International Office June 2008

2 Today Currently Largest university in Flanders / Belgium 3 core missions: –Scientific research: research-intensive and comprehensive university –Academic education: innovative, Bologna reform –Service to society International orientation Legal status of a free institution

3 Association K.U.Leuven Since 2002 K.U.Leuven is associated with 12 Flemish institutions for professional and academic higher education Katholieke Universiteit Brussel Appr. 75,000 students Located in 23 cities across Flanders 44 % of the student population in the Flemish higher education area Regional campus in Kortrijk (1072 students on 1/02/2007)

4 International networks … aspires to be a prominent centre of higher education in Europe … aspires to be a prominent centre of research in Europe 2002: 20 European research- intensive universities 1985 : 37 European multidisciplinary universities

5 Proven excellence in research and education 2008 Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Ranking: #61 worldwide (#93, 2007) International Student Barometer (ISB): 89 % advocacy rate

6 Students Students: 33,601 (3/12/2007) 12 % international students: 4,054 33 % international students in Master-after- Master and PhD programmes Degree students: 30,610 Bachelor53 % Initial Master24 % Master-after-Master8 % Academic Teacher Training 2.5 % Doctoral Programmes11 % Other1.5 % 2007-2008

7 Students 33,601 students in 14 faculties 16 % new first year students 46 % male / 54 % female students Largest student population: Medicine (5,292 = 15 %) Law (4,148 = 12 %) Arts (3,997 = 12 %) Economics (3,836 = 11 %) (3/12/2007)

8 International Student Barometer


10 Group Science, Technology and Engineering Heverlee-Arenberg Group Humanities Leuven Inner-city Group Biomedical Sciences Leuven-Gasthuisberg 3 faculties Medicine Pharmaceutical Sciences Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences 8 faculties Law Arts Theology Canon Law Philosophy Social Sciences Business and Economics Psychology and Educational Sciences 3 faculties Science Engineering Bioscience Engineering Organisation Chart K.U.Leuven

11 Staff 2006

12 K.U.Leuven Strategic Plan 2007-2012 Four priorities: Broad Training of Students Quality in Education, Research and Service to Community through multidisciplinarity and concentration of initiatives A European University in a Global Context Strong Management Structures

13 Broad Set of Values Multi- and Intercultural context Concentration of manpower and initiatives: –Institutional alliances –Strategic partners European University in a Global Context

14 Main Strategic Options Intensive Relations with a Small Number of Strategic Partners Identification of Common Strong Points More Mobility of staff & students (incoming AND outgoing) Industrial Valorisation & Development Cooperation

15 Indicators of Success Quality of Incoming Students International Recruitment High Quality English-taught programmes International Curriculum Components Network Optimization Strong Administration Financial Incentives

16 International Office 27 staff (about 20 fte) International Admissions and Mobility Unit (IAM) International Policy Unit (IPU) Development Cooperation Unit (DCU) Director

17 International Admissions and Mobility Unit Welcome desk Admissions Grants Intercultural Officer (Vesta*) Mobility Center Administers: Exchange students (LLP-Erasmus,…) *Bilateral agreement mobility (central and selective) * Development cooperation scholars Special scholarships and student loans Visiting scholars

18 International office: Unit IAM Special attention to: - allocation of the right status(*) (ex ante advice to faculties) > complex legal framework - credential evaluation > becoming ever more important - international housing: - first line assistance - longer term solutions - webmaster & translator support: - international cooperation website - English language website

19 Vesta Intercultural Framework 1.Orientation Days for new International Students & Scholars (Sep & Feb) 2.Buddy Programme (since 05-06) 3.Follow-up Activities during the Academic Year for students and staff: information & intercultural sessions 4.Intercultural Awareness: from multi to inter

20 International Policy Unit - Policy advice to management –Implementation of strategic management options –Management of institutional agreements AND international networks (Coïmbra, LERU, EUA…), support for Faculty and Group MOU’s –European and International Programmes: Erasmus (Mundus), Tempus, … –E-Learning, open courseware,…

21 Central Bilateral Agreements Staff- and student mobility for academic staff and doctoral students periodes of1 week to 3 weeks voor staff from 3 weeks to 3 months for doctoral students two deadlines per year : October 15 and March 15

22 Bilateral Agreements Asia China: Bridgehead comprehensive agreement (including 5 faculty level subagreements): Tsinghua University Selective Bilateral Agreements for doctoral students : Peking University, Beijing Fudan University, Shanghai Zhejiang University, Hangzhou Exchange Agreement: Chinese University of Hong Kong Taiwan > Exchange agreements ( master and bachelor level): –National Cheng Kung University, Tainan –National Chengchi University, Taipei Japan Waseda University, Tokyo Kansai University, Osaka

23 Bilaterals on other continents North America University of Pennsylvania University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Europe University of Warsaw Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (*) Latin America Selective Bilateral Agreements with 12 partner institutions (PhD grants) South Africa Stellenbosch, Western Cape Free State- Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Cape Town

24 Step by step for MOU’s Bottom up approach: –from Faculty level (most agreements, including all Erasmus) –over Group level (limited at this point e.g. NCTU, Taiwan) –to University wide involvement (cfr. supra)

25 Development Cooperation Unit General Goals Raise the quality and increase the size of university development cooperation at K.U.Leuven Specific Goals Broaden the recruitment framework and raise the visibility of Institutional University Cooperation Further improve (professionalize) the support framework for IUC

26 Main Tools / Channels VLIR – UOS (Flemish Interuniversity Council – University Development Cooperation) > The framework for development cooperation at Flemish universities: - financing mechanism for long term projects; forum for reflection, concertation, interuniversity contacts, North-South networks and action (17 long term IUS-partner institutions) IRO (Interfaculty Council on Development Cooperation) > K.U.Leuven’s own main development forum: - financing of PhD research with development relevance; special prospection and postdoc grants; student travel grants to DC projects K.U.Leuven Development Cooperation Platform > University wide working group / think tank - raise visibility and expand support framework; criticial issue thinking on academic valorisation, external funding,…

27 Links and information General information: International Programs Admissions Jobs International Cooperation

28 Conclusion “Either we further strengthen our international contacts or we curtail the ambition of being a top level research university. There is simply no other way.” K.U.Leuven delegation member during recent mission to India, 24 April – 3 May,i 2008 (in “De Morgen”)

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