The European knowledge society is an important component of our future. The construction of one European Higher Education Area promotes the mobility and employability of citizens but also strengthens the intellectual, cultural, social, scientific and technological dimensions of society.
Both VUB and EhB have a strong focus on internationalisation in their policies. Through an attractive range of international and English language courses both institutions manage to attract more international students, professors and teachers. Also in the research field, they collaborate with renowned international research teams. The VUB and EhB have set up a lot of international partnerships such as the UMEI Tempus project, Medskills Brussels Platform of Arts, etc.
Some other international partnerships:
- In November 2004, the Brussels University Association (Universitaire Associatie Brussel) and its partners signed an Agreement with the Royal Military School (Koninklijke Militaire School). As a bilingual institution of higher education the KMS is also part of the pôle universitaire européen de Bruxelles Wallonie that includes a number of French-language colleges such as the Haute Ecole Lucia de Brouckère and the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles besides the ULB.
- The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an active member of the Universities of the Capital Cities of Europe (UNICA) Network that represents more than one and a half million students. The Erasmushogeschool Brussel is a member of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU). The members of networks are responsible for setting up various European initiatives and joint European projects.
- Through cooperation with the Institute for European Studies, the University Brussels Association can offer high quality courses in international relations, international law and conflict analysis.
- The Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Renmin University P.R. China. BICCS focuses on the state of affairs in China today, and the likely future developments in China: two topics that are all too often simply a footnote in other existing programmes about China. Moreover, contemporary China is studied in all its aspects: economy, politics, diplomacy, culture, society and law.
In their quest to optimally achieve their objectives in the field of internationalisation, the VUB and EhB work closely together for this.
They aim to:
- to make their education and research offerings available as multilingual as possible for foreign students and academics.
- to work together on a welcoming culture for foreign visitors and monitor the welcome friendliness of their open multicultural campuses.
- to work together on the welcoming policy of foreign students, the production and dissemination of welcoming material and the organisation of welcoming activities.
- to work together on initiatives for internationalization@home and to raise student and staff awareness of international, particularly European, experiences and of project opportunities in the context of development cooperation.
- to keep each other informed about initiatives on social and cultural integration of their foreign students and to research the possibility of joint initiatives and/or open them up to to another partner.
- to exchange information on visiting foreign delegations or guests and planned foreign missions with a view to possible involvement of the other institution.
- to exchange their expertise and knowledge on international cooperation and in particular, to produce an overview of international networking by study field and by geographical area.
- to keep each other informed of planned project initiatives and to examine whether participation of the other partner would be appropriate.
Since May 2011, all administrative and academic departments of the VUB who work on internationalisation brought together in the Karel Van Miert building. The Institute for European Studies (IES) and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) are housed next to the International Relations and Mobility Office of the VUB among others.