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UDC Career Award 2020: Panel discussion + award ceremony

Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 16:00 to Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
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UDC Career Award 2020 & panel discussion on ‘Decolonising the curriculum’

The VUB International Relations office is launching the University Development Cooperation Career Award. The event, taking place on 3 December from 16:00-18:00, is the first in what will be an every other year-occurrence. Each award ceremony will be preceded by a discussion panel on a topic related to sustainable global development.

Panel Discussion: Decolonising the curriculum – 16:00-17:30

This year, we will focus on ‘Decolonising the curriculum’. It is a hot topic. And ‘decolonisation’ is – according to some – a mere buzzword. But we want it to be more than that. We want the spirit of inclusion, equality and partnership, that is at the root of the UDC Career Award set-up, to permeate all activities we as a university undertake with the South, and across all VUB programmes. We want students and staff of all backgrounds to have a voice and a seat at the table.

To that end, we'll have to reckon with the past and present implications of (neo)colonialism. The panellists at our event will share their views on the topic, and hopefully point us towards a practical direction to start working towards a more equitable future.

Moderator: Stefaan Smis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


  • Latifah Abdou, Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (UCOS)
  • Benoît Henriet, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Belgium)
  • Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel (Belgium)
  • Viola Nilah Nyakato, Mbarara University of Science Technology (Uganda)
  • Elizabeth Kemigisha, Mbarara University of Science Technology (Uganda)
  • Christil Asamoah, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Belgium)

The panel discussion will be followed by the UDC Career Award ceremony

UDC Career Award Ceremony – 17:30-18:00

We will present the first UDC Career Award to one of VUB’s iconic professors. Join us live to find out who is the 2020 recipient and celebrate our winner!

REGISTER HERE – we will share the link with all those who have registered a bit before the live event. Registrations will close at 12.30pm on 3 December, so please register before this deadline in order to receive the live link.