In comparison with other European universities, the Ghent Alma Mater is relatively young. The institution was inaugurated on October 9, 1817, after King William I in the preceding year had proclaimed the establishment of three universities in the Southern Netherlands.
Lectures started on November 3rd. The first professorial staff had sixteen members, including nine foreigners.
All bachelor programmes and most masters are instructed in Dutch. The language of instruction of each programme is mentioned in the course catalogue.The English version of the course catalogue is a translation of the course catalogue in Dutch and does not imply that the programme will be instructed in English.A few master programmes are partly taught in English and partly in Dutch. As the official language of these programmes is Dutch, the Dutch language requirements apply.
Ghent University is acknowledged as an international top player in research. By striving for excellence, strategic clustering and the efficient support of a wide range of research niches, Ghent University aims to stay in this league.Track record of research: overview of the main research and funding projects - from excellent individuals to multidisciplinary partnershipsResearch directory: discover which research groups and institutes are part of the universityResearch in numbers: quick glance at Ghent University's research facts and figuresInstitutional partnerships and international networks
Every year the Ghent University Association organizes a Graduation Fair in Ghent at the end of March. All final-year students of the four member institutions of AUGENT are welcome to visit this Graduation Fair.The Graduation Fair’s goal is to help final-year students find a first job or an opportunity for further study. In addition a series of information sessions help students to learn everything there is to know about taking their first steps towards a professional career.The fair has three sections:
The Counselling Office of Ghent University offers information, professional advice and counselling concerning the different aspects of a study career, before, during and after the period of study.This service is at the disposal of all students, prospective students or anyone else interested in studying at Ghent University.Students who are at odds with their studies because of personal distress and / or ineffective study habits can turn to the Counselling Office. Two psychologists, well-acquainted with study problems or psychological problems that students may have, are available for counselling.
The University Halls of Residence have a great deal to offer
Ghent University Library is a network of faculty libraries and the Book tower, giving access to a broad scale of scholarly information and supporting users in finding the right information.Through the catalogue on lib.ugent.be you can find, among others:
This service is run by general practitioners who are well-acquainted with student’s medical needs. Also for small surgery and gynaecological consultations students can make use of this service.Students can indeed also contact a general practitioner elsewhere in town, or go to the university hospital.
The Campus Kortrijk offers academic Bachelor and Master courses in Industrial Sciences (Industrial Engineering) .On the campus 'by the sea' the GreenBridge incubation and innovation center is located. GreenBridge provides infrastructure and services for (young) technology companies.Ghent University is the first European university that is part of the Songdo Global University Campus (SGUC) in Incheon (Korea). On the SGUC, 10 leading universities are represented offering excellent higher education to domestic and international students.
Ghent University boasts a fully-equipped sports centre ("GUSB"), with three large and two small halls for indoor activities, a 25-meter swimming pool, an instruction pool, two saunas, two, and more! Special attention is devoted to sports for disabled students. Some of the sports that can be pursued are: aerobics, aikido, condition gym, badminton, basketball, bujinkan bujutsu, cross-country running, diving, BBB, handball, hockey, jazz-dance, jogging in group, judo, karate, kayaking, korfball, Latino moves, mini-football and five-a-side football, Body&Mind, rugby, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, yoga, zumba etc.
Ghent University Global Campus has been accredited by both the Ministry of Education (Korea) and by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).
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