557 international exchange students can call themselves a Ghent University student this semester. They come from 44 countries. Flora, Giorgia and Antonia tell us what they expect from their semester.
Flora: "I'm just sure it will be a great experience"
“I am an exchange student at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. I chose Ghent University because of the city of Ghent. And because the university scores well on the Shanghai Ranking every year. We have only just arrived, but I can already see that Ghent is incredibly beautiful. The people always seem to be smiling (laughs). Only the weather I find a bit less. I come from the south of France, so I have to get used to the temperature. I actually have no expectations for the semester because I'm just sure it will be a great experience (laughs). “
Giorgia: "I want to improve my English this semester above all"
"You will find me this semester mainly in the laboratories of the Faculty of Science. My choice of Ghent University was co-directed by one of my professors who has a partnership with the faculty. He literally sent me here (laughs). I am from Italy, more specifically Milan. Ghent is so different. The illuminated buildings at night are beautiful. My main goal this semester is to improve my English, learn new skills in the lab, and I hope to have fun (laughs)."
Antonio: "Above all, I hope that this experience abroad will be a good stepping stone for my career"
“I am from Palermo, also Italy but that is a coincidence because we met just a minute ago (laughs). I am studying medical biotechnology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It's my second, so my last master year. I have already studied abroad for a semester, more specifically in Portugal. But I wanted to complete my study experience and study a semester in a totally different, less Mediterranean environment. That is why I chose Ghent University. I heard only good things about this university. That, combined with the pictures I saw online of the City of Ghent convinced me. And the city is really great, so much more than I expected. Most of all, I hope that this experience abroad will be a good stepping stone for my career. And of course I also hope to meet a lot of people and have a great time (laughs)."
"Tinkering with crazy solutions for complex societal problems, without complex jargon"
“Knowledge is important. But we tend to get hung up in that part of the process sometimes,” says researcher Bas Baccarne (research group imec-MICT-Ghent University, in De Krook). He prefers it when thinking also leads to doing. Preferably together with a whole bunch of other stakeholders. And, if it’s up to him, in the stimulating environment of ‘Comon’.
Meet the hills of Ghent
From the Sint-Kwintensberg over the Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat to the Plateau: we take you over some of the most famous (and trickiest) slopes around Ghent University campuses.
"My colleagues are from all corners of the world"
She came here two years ago, and immediately developed a close connection with both the city and the university. He has now been living here for about ten years and feels completely at home. Both are pursuing their careers in the academic world, and that can sometimes be uncertain. The story of Gretel Mejía Bonifazi from Guatemala and Igor Fijalkowski from Poland, two international members of Ghent University.
PlastiCity helps to recycle the mountain of waste in the city
Urban companies are struggling to deal with their plastic waste. The PlastiCity project, which spans four countries, is looking for practical solutions to send their recycling percentage sky high. Ghent University engineer Gianni Vyncke is involved. “The aim is to recycle plastic into sustainable products for the city.”