The Committee of International Relations (CDRI)
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The CDRI’s role is to support the University authorities in defining the institution’s general policy at the international level.
The CDRI is a committee of the Board of Governors, provided with broad freedom of action. The Rector may submit to it any question on which he has to take a position or that arises from a request of ULB’s Board of Governors.
The CDRI is chaired by the Rector or in his absence by the Vice-Rector for European Policy and International Relations.
It is made up of members of the various parts of the university , with a view to achieving an equal balance between the academic staff in social sciences and the physical sciences. Members of the CDRI, however, do not represent their own “body” or faculties. They take part first and foremost as experts.
The CDRI has to work in this spirit, and this is why two experts from outside the ULB are invited onboard (currently Philippe Busquin and Louis Michel). Members of this committee are appointed for two years.
The CDRI working groups
The Committee for International Relations (CDRI) operates through five “working groups”: developing countries, Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe.
Participation in the work of these groups is open to all interested researchers.
Each group comes together three times a year and organises its work based on the contribution and centres of interest of the various members, without any prior plan.
These groups feed the University’s international strategy in a bottom-up manner, while the CDRI and the Vice-Rector generate a top-down process.
Since the structure seeks to be very flexible, the regional groups can create working subcommittees for a country, a group of countries or even an issue.