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LEAD Project launch conference

maandag, 21 maart, 2016 - 14:00 to maandag, 21 maart, 2016 - 20:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus

LEAD Project

On March 21st, VUB welcomes leaders from European and Chinese universities to a high level conference about academic leadership in a changing educational context. The conference and following workshops mark the start of the international LEAD project which VUB coordinates. The LEAD project is an ambitious programme financed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme.

The Lead Project will consist of developing and implementing training for academic leaders to help them make better decisions in areas such as policy making, strategic planning and change management. The aim is to support and enhance internationalizations of higher education institutions. Another goal is to foster a better understanding of academic leadership approaches in the EU and China and strengthening the cooperation in these regions.

The LEAD Project has been initiated in October of last year and will last till October 2018. VUB has been appointed as coordinator of this partnerschip, which includes 5 European partners and 5 Chinese partners, together with 10 associated partners from Europe and China.

Programme Conference

  • 14:00 – 15:20 Opening session
    Chair: Prof. dr. Jan Cornelis, Vice Rector, International Policy Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 14:00 Opening video, optional
  • 14:00 – 14:10 Welcome by Chair
  • 14:10 – 14:25 Welcome & Opening speech, Prof. dr. Paul De Knop, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 14:25 – 14:40 Opening speech, Mr. Jianmin LI, Minister-counselor, China Mission to the EU
  • 14:40 – 15:00 Keynote: University governance and Academic Leadership in the context of innovation and internationalisation
    Mrs. Caroline Gennez, President of the University Association Brussel (UAB), Vice President of Flemish Parliament
  • 15:00 – 15:20 Keynote: HEI transformation and specific needs for academic leadership capacity building in the global context
    Prof. LYU Peiming, Vice President, Tongji University
  • Group photo
  • 15:20 – 15:40 Coffee
  • 15:40 – 15:50 The LEAD project presentation

15:50 – 17:30 Rectors’ Panel Session: challenges and capacity building for academic leadership

Moderator: Prof. dr. Jan Cornelis, Vice Rector, International Policy Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Themes: the Rectors’ panel will focus on three major themes:

  1. Why does academic leadership matter? Why is it relevant and important for universities?
  2. What are the challenges for academic leadership? Is there a need for capacity building?
  3. How EU-China can cooperate in strengthening academic leadership? What is the global context in Europe and China?


  • Prof. dr. Paul De Knop, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Prof. dr. António Rendas, Rector, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Prof. dr. CHEN Jianguo, Vice President, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  • Prof. LYU Peiming, Vice President, Tongji University, China
  • Prof. dr. Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Academic Director for Internationalization, on behalf of Rector Prof. Dr. Anne De Paepe, Ghent University
  • Prof. dr. Rosette S'Jegers, VLIR Secretary General

Reception and dinner

  • 17:30 – 18:30 Reception (for all participants)
  • 18:30 – 20:30 Dinner (with invitation)

The conference will be followed by 2 days of workshops. The programme of these are to be found here.