Marc Van Montagu: "Be amazed by the things you hear, see and read, and sniff up as much knowledge as you can"
Marc Van Montagu, one of the founders of biotechnology, writes a letter to his 17-year-old self. 17. What advice does he have for the young Marc? A lad from a working class district in Ghent who in October 1951 took his first steps in the scientific world.
Extra opportunities for young cancer researchers
Cancer researcher Celine Everaert is currently developing an important test that should help to improve treatment for cancer patients. This is possible because of a scholarship, funded by donations and bequests.
Catherine De Bolle: “Universities can help us keep the police on track”
Catherine De Bolle has earned the right to call herself Ghent University Alumnus of the Year 2023. As the chief of Europol, she sees an important role for universities in the modernisation of the police service.
These two students want to make a better world with sustainable dog food
What started as an exercise for a group work during their business engineering course is today, barely two years later, in 35 shops in our country. With Gutsy, Jack Lathouwers and Achilles Hannecart want to offer food that is healthy for your dog, but also for the planet.
Everything starts with thought. This is something we've been saying for years – the credo of Ghent University is ‘Dare to Think’. But that’s only half the job. Now more than ever, our thinking needs daring. Full of courage, hope, idealism. Ghent University encourages everyone to take the step from thinking to daring and doing.
Studying abroad is always an adventure.
What does a student from South Korea think about Ghent?
Every academic year, a whole group of Ghent University Global Campus students from South Korea come to Ghent to take classes here for a full semester. Eunji Jang (24) is one of them.
The European adventure: students on their Erasmus exchange
"Going on Erasmus", who hasn't heard of it? But what is it really like to study in another country? We asked three Ghent University students who are currently abroad, from cold Finland to the Costa del Sol in Spain.
The great unknown: studying at Ghent University in South Korea
Studying abroad is always an adventure. Student biochemistry and biotechnology Simon Knockaert felt more than at home on the Ghent University Global Campus in South Korea, 9,000 kilometres from Ghent.
Start-up Deliverect by Ghent-University alumni quickly became a billion-dollar company
The Ghent company Deliverect has become a ‘unicorn’ less than three years after its foundation. A term denoting exceptional, since this start-up is already worth more than a billion dollars. The secret to their overwhelming success, according to founders Jan Hollez and Zhong Xu? Timing and experience! And that experience all began at Ghent University.
“We are keen to make Ghent University a strong brand in the United States”
With a new Alumni Chapter in San Francisco, plus the Chapter in New York, Ghent University now has the opportunity to reach even more alumni in the US. After all, there are plenty of them. But what exactly are these two Alumni Chapters up to in the US? A discussion with the proud founding fathers Nicolas Polet and Wim Sohier.
Connected to Ghent University for life: why our alumni are so important to us
The role of alumni within any university is not to be underestimated. “Our contact with ex-students is immensely important for so many reasons: research, education, reputation, talent management and more besides…. ,” maintains Emeritus Professor Kristiaan Versluys, who is responsible for the Alumni Relations at Ghent University. With the launch of the ‘Ghent University Alumnus of the Year’ award, the university now has a new way to honour its alumni.
A legacy as a catalyst for the treatment of peritoneal cancer
Few people have heard of it: peritoneal cancer. However, the disease, especially as a metastasis of another cancer, affects many patients. Unfortunately, it is often too late once the diagnosis is made: existing treatments achieve very little. Groundbreaking research by Professor Wim Ceelen is now resulting in new and promising treatments. And all thanks to the inheritance of a former patient.