As a Faculty, we organise high-quality education and research in an international environment around the beta sciences. 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

Our mission

The Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences combines research and education in the fields of Biology, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Geography, and Mathematics. We want to offer high-quality, student-oriented education and carry out outstanding research in an international context - and to do so in a sustainable way.


The research and education of the Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences is based on strong international collaboration. Moreover, we strive to provide all our students with an international experience during their education. We give them the necessary skills and competences and prepare them for the international labour market.

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.

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 of Sciences and Bioengineering 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 7 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 4 student associations and 2 alumni associations.

Our student associations


Our alumni associations


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.