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City of Ghent

Ghent, the capital of East Flanders, offers the rare combination of the intimacy of a compact city and the openness of a metropolis. With more than 264,000 inhabitants and more than 84,000 students, Ghent is the second largest city in Flanders and the largest student city in Belgium.

Ghent is a vibrant, vivid city with a rich cultural life. The city is versatile, historic and yet contemporary at the same time. As a local authority, the City of Ghent stimulates as much as possible the initiative of its citizens to work towards an open, solidarity-based, sustainable, wise and child-friendly city.

With the presence of two universities, four university colleges and many other educational institutions, Ghent is able to offer a wide range of study opportunities. The campuses are spread across the city, which enlivens the atmosphere. Many Belgian and foreign students, rightly consider Ghent as thé place to be thanks to the unique combination of first-class education and various leisure activities. This amazing knowledge activity generates a major source of economic growth.

Attracted by a climate of entrepreneurship and innovation and by a pool of creative young talent, investors and companies have since long discovered the city. The young heart of the city boosts innovation and creativity. This is reflected by Ghent’s economy and its commitment to the fields of biotech, cleantech, ICT, materials, logistics and health care. Ghent is thé start-up & scale-up city of Belgium.

Participation and co-creation is in Ghent’s DNA. As a local authority it is crucial to react appropriately to the changing context by making the right connections with citizens and other relevant stakeholders such as higher education and knowledge institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector to keep them engaged in this participation process.

Ghent has always been a rebellious city. No period or power could determine the image of this City. Ghent is at the same time a university city, a port city, a historic and cultural city. A city of all times with its own quirky character.


Ghent University

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium,  with more than 46,000 students and 15,000 staff members. It was founded in 1817. Our 11 faculties offer more than 200 courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Ghent University is a pluralistic university open to all, regardless of ideological, political, cultural or social background.

Our credo is ‘Dare to Think’.

Ghent University Global Campus is also the first European university in Songdo, South Korea.

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, member of the Ghent University Association, offers a wide variety of study programmes in the fields of business, teacher training, communication and media, healthcare and social work.

The university of applied sciences was founded in 2000, from the merger of four local universities of applied sciences. Today, it is a progressive centre of expertise for education, research and development, where students, staff members and strategic partners work together in a stimulating, internationally-oriented environment.

We educate professionals who push their boundaries through creativity, innovative thinking and entrepreneurship, and pursue excellence and sustainability.

Based on a culture of internationalisation, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences is an active partner in several international networks and collaborates intensely with international partners for educational and research purposes.


City of Ghent  Ghent University Artevelde University of
Applied Sciences 
Botermarkt 1
9000 Ghent
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Ghent
Campus Hoogpoort
Hoogpoort 15
9000 Ghent
Tom Van Nieuwenhove
Open Innovation Connector HE
Anna Sashchenko
International Relations Office
Mira De Moor
International Policy – Head of Office
Phone: +32 (0)9 331 01 16 Phone: +32 (0) 9 234 90 27



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