Les relations internationales de l'ULB
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The tasks of the international office


International relations policy is part of the responsibilities of the vice-chancellor and the vice-rector for European Policy and International Relations. It is handled by the Coordinating Director of the Department of International Relations and supervised by the head of the department, which includes 7 people.

The International Office implements this policy. It is responsible for developing international relations and promoting the educational and research services abroad. It works at internationalising activities at the university, thereby contributing to creating an international climate at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Tasks are based on 3 main issues:

  • Strategic orientations and dialogue forums

    • Advice to the university authorities concerning international relations

    • Guiding the Committee of International Relations (CDRI) and the three regional groups: Industrialised countries, developing countries and emerging countries;

    • Running the International Relations and Cooperation Office (CCCI) ;

  • Partnerships and networks

    • Development of relations with privileged partners of ULB;

    • Participation in many institutional networks (UNICA, FIUP) and theme-based networks;

    • University cooperative development activity with partner universities in the South: – Aid in setting up cooperation projects, welcoming students on grants etc

    • Representing Belgian (both French-speaking and Federal) and international bodies, and links with European bodies;

    • Developing and strengthening relations with diplomatic missions and the applicable government departments dealing with international relations;

    • Representing the university abroad at conferences, professional fairs, missions and others

    • Welcoming delegations making official visits;

  • Internationalisation of the teaching and research programmes and the campuses

    • Engineering international-scale projects (except European research projects, handled by the Research Department);

    • Information about possibilities for international financing;

    • Negotiation and registration of bilateral or multilateral agreements ;

    • Keeping data up to date about all international cooperative work;

    • Help in setting up and developing joint programmes/Masters courses with foreign partners, in coordination with the Teaching Department;

    • Support and monitoring of Erasmus Mundus projects in coordination with the Teaching Department

    • Organisation of awareness and information activities on the various aspects of internationalisation (mobility, cooperation, grants etc);

    • Welcoming international doctoral students and researchers at the mobility centre.