Ghent University wins an award for innovative internationalisation


Ghent University (UGent) has won an award for innovation in internationalisation. This means that, this year, UGent may call itself the most innovative European university in the field of internationalisation. The prize was awarded by the ‘European Association for International Education’ (EAIE) at their annual conference held this year from 12 to 15 September 2017 in Seville.

The university is involved in various internationalisation projects, both in terms of education and research. In doing so, UGent welcomes an annual total of around 1400 exchange students via the Erasmus programme and sends similar numbers abroad. The result is that 22% of all UGent students complete a part of their studies in a foreign country.

Other international projects involving the university are the expansion of internationalisation experiences beyond Europe, the development of strategic partnerships and the development of the ‘European Credit Transfer System’ (ECTS), a system of common diplomas for a large number of international Master degrees. This year UGent also celebrates its 200th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus exchange programme.