Partners & Network

Global challenges require going beyond the borders of individual institutions. VUB therefore supports international relationships emerging from bottom up initiatives from the academic community, but also builds institutional partnerships with leading like-minded partners. Our relation with each partner is unique, but fits into the three levels of VUB’s mission: research, education and societal impact creation.

Education individual or group student mobility; staff mobility and international guest lecturers; joint curriculum development; double or joint diploma programs; summer schools.
Research collaborative research projects; joint PhD; international joint research groups.
Societal impact societal outreach; knowledge and technology transfer; incubator facilities; interregional development.

Strategic partners with whom VUB has exceptionally strong alliances at these three levels, with an ongoing commitment for expanding the collaboration to several disciplines and faculties, are considered Privileged International Partners (PIP). Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China, is VUB’s first PIP.

European Network


Global Networks


Vice-Rector International Relations

Prof. Sonja Snacken

Vice-Rector International Relations

   International Relations VUB

International Relations & Mobility Office

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 5, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 (0)2 614 81 01
e-mail: international.relations@vub.ac.be

 Opening Hours 

Monday 9:00-12:30 & 13:30-16:30
Tuesday 9:00-12:30 & 13:30-16:30
Wednesday 9:00-12:30
Thursday 9:00-12:30
Friday 9:00-12:30 & 13:30-16:30

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