Artevelde University College Ghent in Flanders, Belgium, enjoys an extensive network of international contacts spread over 6 continents. These partnerships (universities, university colleges, NGO’s...) were all consciously chosen for their added value in mobility but also in other domains such as professionalisation, social services and education.
Out of the network of institutions in countries that are not part of the European Union, the Artevelde University College Ghent opted for a strategic collaboration with five partner countries, i.e. the ‘strategic alliances’: Ecuador, Canada, China, South Africa and Vietnam.
The strategic alliances are an institution-wide initiative, in the sense that each alliance is represented by a ‘strategic agent’ who follows the contacts with the institutions and who is also the contact person for the different departments, interested in expanding their cooperation. Vietnam is represented by Pieterjan Bonne.
Vietnam has long been a strategic partner for Artevelde University College Ghent, with most contacts going back more to the late 1990s. Thanks to good ties with the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Flemish Interuniversity Development Cooperation (VLIR UOS), VVOB and the Province of East Flanders, Artevelde University College Ghent has established partnerships with 10 higher education institutions, NGO’s and other partners.
Due to a long lasting relationship, the exchange of students increases yearly and peaked at more than 100 exchanges in 2016. Also staff increasingly finds its way to Vietnam and to Belgium with the aim of training initiatives and research.
Having made the choice of Vietnam as a strategic partnership, makes it clear the university college is in it for the long run. Not only can the cooperation be built on immediate wins, there is time to develop long-term cooperation and it allows for the partners to grow towards each other.
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