Ghent University Global Campus continues to grow strongly

Ghent University Global Campus © Tineke De Backer

Ghent University Global Campus © Tineke De Backer

On the Ghent University Global Campus in South Korea the registrations are closed since last week. The campus currently has no less than 444 students and invests in the development of the research activities.

After the new registration period, the Ghent University Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea, welcomes 185 new students from 1 March. They come on top of the 259 already present students. This means that the number of students at the GUGC is now 444, a very nice increase compared to the previous year.

The strong increase is due to the high quality of education offered, which is highly appreciated in South Korea, but also to the new recruitment policy set up by local management.

"Ghent University was the first European university to come to the Songdo Global University Campus in 2014", says Rik Van de Walle, rector of Ghent University. "Since then, we are building a fully-fledged Asian hub of Ghent University, where, in addition to excellent education, high-quality research is done in the life sciences."

Research activities

In South Korea Ghent University focuses on the fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics, green chemistry, biomedical research and environmental technology. This is in line with the desire of the South Korean government to develop Songdo into an important bio-industry and life sciences hub in Asia.

To further develop the research activities, Ghent University will invest in high-quality research equipment, such as a modern research greenhouse, modern appliances and research laboratories. Thirteen professors and about 30 researchers work in the five research centers of Campus Korea. In November, the second GUGC doctoral student obtained his PhD (under the supervision of prof. Verdoodt at the Faculty of Science). This number will increase in the coming years. The team of professors and researchers is supported by an administrative staff of about 25 people, mainly South Koreans.

Internationalization

The campus, which is being visited by the Belgian Queen Mathilde on 27 March, is also an internationalization hub. Flemish, but also international, students can go there to follow a part of their education within one of the research areas. Thanks to the exchange program, there are currently five Ghent University students in Songdo. At the GUGC we aim for an international student population and in order to further develop this, Ghent University is looking into the possibility of exchange programs with interested Belgian and especially Asian universities.