As a Faculty, we organise high-quality education and research in an international environment around disciplines as diverse as communication sciences, political sciences, economics and business administration. We are guided in this by a well-considered policy plan and strategy. In order to achieve our set goals, we divide responsibilities and powers over various bodies. Discover our mission and vision, and what our organisational structure exactly looks like.
Mission and vision
Critical, engaged global citizens
Our Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is located at the VUB Main Campus in Etterbeek. At our faculty, we strive to form our students into unique individuals and global citizens committed to a sustainable humanistic society with an attitude of free enquiry. In this way, we prepare them for a professional career as an educator or psychologist. Our accessible and understanding instructors teach inclusive, socially relevant subjects tailored to our students.
- In the Psychology course, the focus is on the scientist-practitioner model. We guide our students as they put their newly acquired scientific knowledge into practice and develop it based on this practical experience. In our curriculum, we also pay attention to the cross-cultural and metropolitan context. With respect to such a context, Brussels is the place to be.
- In both the Psychology and Educational Sciences programmes, we offer educational innovation as central teaching content. The broad international intake of these courses results in an exciting multicultural context. We encourage students to collaborate to acquire knowledge.
- In the Educational Sciences course, social engagement takes centre stage. Such themes as inclusion, diversity, and sustainability receive generous attention. In addition, through Community Engaged Research and Learning-, you will learn to conduct community-driven research projects.
- Our English-language Master's in Educational Sciences attracts a large international student population.
- Our students can also go on exchange to one of our European partner institutions.
- Would you prefer to stick closer to home? Then you can take one or more courses of the programmes at ULB. Our French-speaking sister university is located a stone's throw from VUB campus and is the perfect place to brush up your French. There are also numerous international collaborations in the field of research, including within the EUTOPIA network.
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.
Get to know the various bodies and departments of VUB that are competent for the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
The Faculty has 2 Training Councils: 1 for Psychology and 1 for Educational Sciences. In the Training Councils the educational recommendations for the Faculty take shape.
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 various 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.
Our Faculty has a student association: the Psycho-Ped'Agogische Kring (PPK).
There is no alumni association for former students of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences yet. Do you feel called to start one? Or do you have a question for one of our faculty representatives? Contact us, we are happy to help you on your way!
In addition, anyone who has graduated from VUB can always join the Former Students' Union.