Professional hockey fields require extensive wetting. Millions of litres of water are used annually to irrigate one field, making the sport expensive, unsustainable and inaccessible. That's why the international field hockey federation FIH aims to switch to dry fields as soon as possible.
Professor astronomy: "We are a long way from answering the ultimate question: where do we come from?"
You can't literally put them under a microscope, but advanced computer simulations help Maarten Baes study galaxies. A good thing too, because the study of galaxies is a relatively new branch of astronomy and much is still to be discovered.
This summer it was hard to miss: at Ghent University you would soon be able to take a “Taylor Swift-class”. A storm of reactions blew up, the crackle could be heard all the way to the United States. In the eye of the storm: professor Elly McCausland and her elective course Literature (Taylor’s version). “It was a lot, but I’ve grown quite a thick skin.”
Studying abroad is always an adventure.
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.
"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.
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.
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.