75 years United Nations: a durable and sustainable cooperation with Ghent University


On 24 October Ghent University hoisted the flag of the United Nations at the Rectorate and the Faculty of Law and Criminology. The 75 year old global institution focuses on peace and progress since 1945. Our gift? A further sustainable collaboration.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. " For former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, knowledge and education were the way to make progress. Ghent University fully supports that message. As a token of appreciation and appreciation for this vision, Kofi Annan received an honorary doctorate from Ghent University in 2003. Ghent University is also strongly committed to collaboration with the United Nations University in Bruges, which gathers knowledge about cross-border conflicts.

Attention to human rights

As a socially committed educational and research institution, Ghent University pays a lot of attention to human rights, a spearhead of the UN.

  • Inspired by the UN recommendations, Ghent University developed its own human rights policy, with which Ghent University wants to rule out human rights violations. Collaborations with partners who violate human rights are prevented at all times.
  • The university-wide elective course "Human Rights: Multidisciplinary Perspectives" for Students
  • Annual initiatives and permanent memberships, such as the Amnesty Chair and Scholars at Risk membership

Sustainable cooperation

In times of pandemic, the call for global cooperation is all the more rife, not only to tackle the current health crisis, but also to resurrect as a society afterwards as a sustainable community.

"Research, education and innovation will have a vital role to play in the systemic changes needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Rector Rik Van de Walle)

Ghent University wants to continue working with the objectives in the report and thus contribute to a more sustainable world.

As a knowledge institution, Ghent University proudly contributes to a better world of tomorrow, and is therefore happy to join the official motto of the UN birthday party: The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism .