Activities

The functioning of the Faculty is divided into 1 central dean’s office and 2 departments: the department of Movement and Sport Sciences (BESW) and the department of Physiotherapy, Human Physiology, and Anatomy (KIMA). Among these are 12 research groups that focus on a specialisation area in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. In addition, our Faculty also houses the department of Elite Sport and Studies, which guides students engaged in professional sport in all VUB programmes as they combine studies with a career in sports. 

The Faculty is located on both the VUB Main Campus (Etterbeek) and the VUB Health Campus (Jette). Discover our mission and vision, and what our organisational structure exactly looks like.

Vision

Promoting exercise and health
  • Studies showing that physical inactivity has a wide range of negative consequences for health are piling up. Therefore, the search for ways to promote exercise is very important. The Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy (LK) investigates which ways are most suitable for different target groups: from testing motor skills in toddlers to teaching physical education in primary and secondary schools, offering leisure sports, promoting safe active transport options, optimising an elite sport policy or guiding patients in their daily functional exercise.
  • The physiotherapists and movement scientists of the future will be part of a broad health care system that, together with other (medical) disciplines, will be responsible for the prevention and rehabilitation of all kinds of health conditions, but also for restoring or improving people's autonomy and quality of life. To this end, we have started several projects with other (healthcare) education programmes of VUB and EhB, such as nutrition and dietetics, nursing and doctors' training.
  • We also take a close look at the role of technology. For example, the BruBotics research lab aims to improve quality of life and working conditions through robotics, we are investigating how Virtual Reality can help with rehabilitation, and more. 
Top-level sports and social inclusion
  • Additionally, science ensures that professional sporting achievements are continually raised to a higher level. Professional athletes can not only rely on our faculty for physical tests and counselling based on scientific research in the Brussels Lab for Exercise and elite sport (BLITS), but athletes who want to develop their sporting career during their studies can also turn to the Professional Sport and Studies office.
  • Social inclusion can also be broadened thanks to Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. Sport can be an ideal means of bringing people together or helping them develop. For example, the BXL Living Martial Arts Lab offers vulnerable young people a way to build up resilience through martial arts, and we are investigating the extent to which martial arts can be useful in the rehabilitation of prisoners. By delineating the intercultural competences of therapists, we ensure that every patient feels heard. Nor do we lose sight of disabled or chronic patients; we help them by offering care or guidance towards greater autonomy or leisure opportunities.
The world needs you
  • Our Faculty actively contributes to a better society. We research society and at the same time pass our knowledge on to future generations through education so that they can participate in and seek solutions to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
  • Through close cooperation with the University Hospital (UZ) Brussels, Huis voor Gezondheid, the swimming school Swimove and many other initiatives and projects, the Faculty contributes to (promoting) a healthy lifestyle and improving the well-being of the people of Brussels.

Read our policy plan (PDF)

Internationalisation 

Sport, health, and exercise are universal themes that connect people all over the world. Internationalisation is therefore a natural building block in our faculty’s education and research. Our goal is that our students graduate as professionals with a broad knowledge of the international field and as committed global citizens.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to gain international experience throughout the programme. This can be done by collaborating online with students, guest lecturers or professionals in other countries (virtual exchange), participating in international projects or registering for short or long study or work placement programmes inside and outside Europe. 

Organisational structure

Within our faculty, there are a number of bodies and departments charged with taking care of different tasks and responsibilities. Below you’ll find an overview of our organisational structure.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is the management body within the faculty responsible for the general direction taken by the faculty. Led by the dean, who is supported by a management team, the Faculty Board is also responsible for implementing overall university policy in individual educational programmes and for managing the quality control thereof. Students and academic personnel are also represented on the Faculty Board.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the highest governing body within the faculty, and is responsible for determining faculty policy on matters relating to education, research and services. The Faculty Council convenes at least four times per year, and consists of professors, assistants, administrative and technical personnel and students. The council provides advice to the university’s governing body on matters such as educational regulations and training programmes, and is charged with taking decisions with regard to the employment of lecturers, the composition of the examination board, etc.  

Faculty Office

The Faculty Office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the faculty and consists of at least the dean, vice-dean and the academic secretary.

Training Councils

The Faculty also has a number of Training Councils, where the educational recommendations for the Faculty take shape. Students and work-field representatives have an important voice here.

Dean's office

You can consult with the dean’s office regarding administrative matters, exemptions, examination regulations, problems related to your choice of study subjects, etc. 

Departments and research groups

The Faculty consists of 2 departments, each responsible for the educational and research activities within their specialisation. The departments consist of academic staff (professors, assistants, and researchers), a departmental council that determines their performance and departmental chairmen who assume coordination. A department has several research groups, which are sometimes interdisciplinary and cross-departmental or cross-faculty.
An overview of our departments and research groups

Faculty associations

Our Faculty has 1 student association (Mesacosa) and 1 alumni association (OSLOK).

 

A question for one of our faculty representatives? Contact us.

In addition, anyone who has graduated from VUB can always join the Former Students' Union.