Public Affairs & Strategic International Partnerships

Our International Relations colleagues are closely involved in diplomacy activities with the Belgian and Flemish governments, foreign embassies located here, Belgian embassies across the world, and, last but not least, our international alumni. Our activities include meetings with foreign embassies in Belgium and their representatives, be it for joint projects, working with their students at our university, or participating in cultural activities organised on campus (e.g. thematic days) or in partnership with VUB.

Strategic International Partnerships (SIPs)

VUB has two Strategic International Partnerships (SIPs) in place. One is with the University of Western Cape in South Africa, and the other with the Universidad Central โ€˜Marta Abreuโ€™ de Las Villas (UCLV), based in Santa Clara, Cuba. The main criteria for a SIP is interdisciplinarity, where three disciplines (minimum) are needed as part of a larger cooperation with universities (including research, education and mobility). The idea behind a SIP is to broad the cooperation adcross the universities even more, and to get more VUB colleagues from across various disciplines involved, leading to more interdisciplinarity, by matching science to the real world, to industry, to society. 


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International Relations Office

International Relations Office
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Elsene
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