Last week, a delegation from KU Leuven went to Japan to explore possibilities for further collaboration with local universities. They also seized the opportunity to host an innovation seminar and reconnect with KU Leuven alumni.
KU Leuven meets Hitotsubashi University at the lunch table. (picture by Luc Sels, KU Leuven)
The KU Leuven delegation consisted of Rector Luc Sels, Vice Rector Peter Lievens, Japanese studies professor Dimitri Vanoverbeke and An Descheemaeker, director of the KU Leuven International Office. They had meetings with representatives from various top-level institutions, including Hitotsubashi University, Keio University, the RIKEN Institute, Waseda University, Sophia University, the University of Tokyo, and the University of Tsukuba.
Director of the KU Leuven International Office and President of the Leuven MindGate Internationalization Work Group An Descheemaecker was also present to strenghten the ties between Leuven and Japan. (picture by Peter Lievens, KU Leuven)
"The plan in Japan was to discuss opportunities for further collaboration in terms of research and student mobility," says Peter Lievens, who is Vice Rector for International Policy and LERU, and who is also responsible for alumni policy. "After all, mobility for all is a key aspect of our strategic plan. With the KU Leuven Global Exchange Network, for instance, we want to create opportunities for more flexible types of mobility in and outside Europe, beyond the limitations of semesters or study programmes. Japan has proven to be a very promising destination."
Source: KU Leuven News
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