Nearly 30 years ago, Rwanda went through a particularly brutal genocide. The perpetrators were soldiers, but also regular citizens: colleagues, neighbours, family members… Today, we assume that both perpetrators and victims live side-by-side peacefully. But is this really the case?
In december thousands of eager students descend on Flanders Expo for the 30th edition of the Massacantus. An indispensable event for many student unions, an alienating scene for outsiders. What makes the cantus such a special event of student life?
Do your fingers turn white when the weather turns colder? It may be a pain, but it’s not (always) a cause for concern
Around one in every ten people suffers from fingers that turn completely white when exposed to cold weather. This condition is known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, and thankfully, it‘s (mostly) nothing to worry about.
Helena Van Tichelen was in secondary school when the school strikes and marches around climate change erupted. Years later, she has not lost the commitment she picked up then. In mid-November, she put aside the lessons and courses of her third bachelor in bioengineering to travel to Egypt for the largest climate conference in the world: COP27.
Of all the plastic waste that we are currently sorting, too little is recycled properly (or even at all). As a Chemist at Ghent University, Sibel Ügdüler is developing methods for high-quality recycling, which in her opinion could resolve a serious recycling problem. The industry is watching with interest.
Ghent University offers three programs in life sciences on the Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea.
“Students here address their lecturers far more directly, we’re just not used to doing things like that in South Korea”
All students from Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) in Incheon, South Korea come to the so-called Home Campus in Ghent for one semester during their study programme. Solha Kang and Eunhey Choi both just finished their exams and are about to return home. We managed to catch up with them right before they hopped on the plane to discuss what they thought of their stay in Belgium.
A fully-fledged university campus on the other side of the world with a sign at the entrance: ‘Ghent University’. In addition to campuses in Ghent, Merelbeke, Melle, Bruges, Ostend and Kortrijk, Ghent University even has one in ... South Korea. Professor Wesley De Neve has been teaching Korean Ghent University students there for years and also conducts research there.
The Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC) in South Korea has hit the 500-student milestone this academic year. Rector Rik Van de Walle, Vice Rector Mieke Van Herreweghe and Campus President Taejun Han take stock together and discuss why the future brings seaweed wine.
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.