The department subscribes to the ‘think global’ policy of Ghent University. It is important for future engineer-architects and urban planners to develop a broad view on the world during their studies. To this end both the bachelor and master programs and the research at our department have an important international component.
For many years our students participate in Erasmus exchange programs and the number of both outgoing and incoming students is still increasing. In recent years to the strong links with universities in the South of Europe have been added exchange possibilities with universities in Germany, The Netherlands and France. Ever more students discover regions outside of Europe spending part of their programs in India, China, Cuba, the US, Canada, … They do internships or fieldwork in the context of their masters dissertations, for instance in South-Africa, or in Congo. Master students participate in international design studio workshops and summer schools, bachelor students make architecture study trips abroad organized by faculty members.
Students staying in Ghent get in contact with foreign architects, planners and researchers through guest lectures, workshops and seminars. The members of our department are well networked, in part thanks to their participation in international research organizations (e.g. European Architectural History Netwerk or the International Association of Building Physics IABP) and in research programs such as the Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme or the COST action European Architecture beyond Europe. The yearly ‘Jokerweek’ is a crucial element in this ‘Internationalisation@Home’ policy.