Address issues of compassion and grief with Compassionate University

Do you think that compassion and grief should have a better place at our university? Do you have any ideas on how to address issues like loss in a beautiful way? Or would you like to help organise activities around these themes? Then Compassionate University is for you! Compassion is a human trait. However, we sometimes take the suffering of others more lightly than we would like. As a result, we do not always spare the feelings of a fellow student or colleague who has suffered a serious injury as we should. Suffering and grieving have many shades and expressing sympathy is possible in many ways. That is why the VUB, through Compassionate University, wants to make everyone in its community aware of the many forms that support and sympathy can take. Your contribution and ideas can make a difference! 

 To introduce this insight to VUB students and staff (even more), you will help organise a wide range of activities. Think of exhibitions, debates, lectures, theme moments, seminars, and press performances. Do you have another idea that could make a difference within the Compassionate University project? Then be sure to join the project and let your voice be heard! All input is needed and more than welcome, in any way. So don't hesitate and help create the warm and connected community that the VUB will become thanks to Compassionate University!

More info 


You are...
  • A VUB graduate who values a place for compassion and grief
  • Empathic 
You have...
  • Ideas around the themes of loss, compassion, and grief that you would like to share
What's in it for you?
  • The project is a facilitator for your ideas on loss
  • You help people cope with grief and loss 
  • You help build the VUB as a Compassionate University
  • You contribute to a more sustainable society


Contact details

Projectleader: Jeroen De Samblancx and Sarah Dury

E-mail: and

*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.