Where does your purpose lie?

Some found it already. Others have had it since childhood. And still others, perhaps most, are still searching for it. Purpose. What you get up for. What you leave things for. What drives you, gives you energy, what you make others enthusiastic about.

Where dies your purpose lie? With People, Planet, Peace? With Prosperity, Partnership, or Poincaré? Five fields of action are inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Five domains in which you can dedicate yourself to a better world at the VUB. Each P hides dozens of projects and Ateliers to join. The same goes for the P of Poincaré, grafted onto our own unique Henri Poincaré. Go explore all the P's, you will not be dissapointed!

Meet our academic coordinators

Karen Celis, Valéry Ann Jacobs, Waldo Galle, Alexander Mattelaer, Vincent Ginis and Bart van Kerkhove. Six professors, but also six VUB staff members who, in their own field of expertise, are working hard to achieve a better world. So it is only fitting that they should be the enthusiastic driving forces behind the various projects and Ateliers of The World Needs you. Prepare to be inspired! 

Say hello to our academic cordinators

The living labs of The World Needs You

Each P does not just include projects. We also organise related 'Ateliers': co-creative workshops that you can join to discuss and carry out concrete actions around a specific P. All of this based on clear questions and in a nice environment. Six Ateliers have already taken place, and new ones are in the pipeline. Why not join us next time?

Explore our Ateliers

Ideas of your own to improve the world?

By committing yourself to The World Needs You, you and other VUB students will find answers to vital questions. Do you have an initiative, plan or proposal that contributes to a better world? Or do you want to brainstorm with others about a current topic for an Atelier and look for solutions? Let us know via theworldneedsyou@vub.be or join existing projects.

Tell us your idea

Discover our podast series Rebels With A Cause

Mental health, gender equality, sustainability, fighting poverty and everything in between? It so happens that the VUB and its community lose sleep over these themes too. Rosanne Coetsier, also known as Rosie, got to explore them for us, in the podcastseries Rebels With A Cause, where she talks to young people and scientists about their experience and solutions that could change the world for the better.

Search for a project

*As an Urban Engaged University, we call upon our VUB community to help build a better world through social engagement. On the "The World Needs You" platform, the VUB collects socially meaningful projects on which students, staff, alumni and sympathisers can collaborate. These projects do not represent the university. The initiatives and communication are the responsibility of the project organisers and do not represent the university's position.