International

The ULB's "privileged partners"

The ULB has chosen to select 10 privileged partners from among the hundreds of partnership agreements signed with universities around the world. What is a privileged partnership ?

A "privileged partnership" is an agreement signed by two institutions which agree to establish 'privileged relations', with a view to enhancing collaboration, and more specifically implementing joint projects and intensifying exchanges.

The concept of "privileged partner" was first introduced at the ULB 15 years ago. At a time when the number of bilateral agreements between universities was increasing, it seemed a good idea to select from among our vast number of partners a small number with whom relations were more structured. At that time, the initiative was innovative. Today, such an initiative is a key feature of the policy of many universities around the world.

It has been decided that the ULB's future privileged partnership agreements should take into account the following criteria:

-the existence of a large number of fruitful collaborations with the universities concerned;
-the certainty that the universities concerned acknowledge the privileged partnership, ideally by assigning resources to consolidate it;
-proof that the universities concerned fall within the ULB's strategy.

The agreements are signed for a period of 5 years, at the end of which they are evaluated before being either renewed or terminated.

What does a privileged partnership actually mean for the ULB?

A privileged partnership enables us to:

1. select a few universities from among all those with which we have signed an agreement and emphasise the importance of this partnership to the members of the university community of the universities concerned;
2. widely publicize our relations, thus reinforcing our renown;
3. encourage the university community to develop relations with colleagues and teams at the universities concerned;
4. facilitate contacts with researchers at our partner universities, by maintaining regular contact with their international relations offices;
5. give priority to the funding of exchanges with these institutions.

Who are the ULB's ten privileged partners?

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • Université de Lausanne
  • Université de Genève
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6
  • Université de Montréal
  • Beihang University (Beijing)
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Waseda University (Tokyo)
  • University of California (Berkeley)

For further information, please contact Yvon Molinghen: Yvon.Molinghen@ulb.ac.be

The "Urgences Grèce" Campaign

At a time when there are increasing concerns about the future of Europe, it should be remembered that, in Greece, more than 2.5 million citizens no longer have access to healthcare and that infant mortality has doubled in three years, creating a dramatic situation within our modern Europe, one of whose pillars is precisely social security and universal access to healthcare.

Médecins du Monde and several hospitals linked to the ULB* have therefore launched the "Urgences Grèce" campaign, under the auspices of the ULB's Faculty of Medicine, in favour of the right to healthcare in Greece.

With the support of the ULB and the city of Brussels, several hospitals have decided to join forces to inform people about the health crisis in Greece, raise awareness amongst the Belgian population of the collapse of the Greek healthcare system, collect money to fund concrete projects in Greece and create a network of solidarity with Greek doctors.

This campaign supports three concrete projects: in Piraeus, Euboea and Thessaloniki. Find out more about these projects and support the campaign at: www.urgencesgrece.eu where you will also have the opportunity to sign an online petition.

*CHU Saint-Pierre, Hôpital Erasme, Institut Jules Bordet, CHU Brugmann, HUDERF, Hôpitaux Iris-Sud, CHIREC, CHU Ambroise Paré, CHR Haute Senne et CHU Tivoli.

The ULB offers its support to Turkish academics and researchers

The ULB offers its support to the Turkish academics and researchers who signed the 10 January petition. Freedom of research and of expression is indissociable from academic activities. Every University worthy of the name must respect it ! Over 1,100 academics and researchers from 89 Turkish universities signed a petition on 10 January 2016 calling on the Turkish state to stop the massacres in the Kurdish regions of south-east Turkey. Invoking the international treaties signed by Turkey, the signatories demand negotiations, an end to violence, respect of fundamental rights and the setting up of an independent investigation.

Despite the totally peaceful nature of this demand, the Turkish Council of Higher Education announced retaliatory measures and sent a note to the Universities demanding they initiate investigations of the signatories. Nine universities have complied and, so far, 29 academics or researchers have been fired.

Today, our colleagues who signed the petition live in fear of being apprehended. Furthermore, this climate of fear is amplified by the media and by statements from ultra-nationalist circles and the Turkish president himself.

The Université libre de Bruxelles reaffirms its unwavering commitment to researchers' freedom of research and of expression, wherever they are, and expresses its solidarity with Turkish colleagues who face this repression. It calls on the Turkish authorities to withdraw this note and to respect the inalienable right of academics and researchers to express an opinion in a public space.