Ghent University on economic mission to Mexico



From 16 to 23 February, vice rector Mieke Van Herreweghe and a Ghent University delegation will visit Mexico. We list a number of highlights of the trip.

The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency organizes two economic missions each year. From 16 to 23 February 2019 a joint economic mission to Mexico will be organized under the chairmanship of H.R.H Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty the King. A delegation from Ghent University joins the mission, together with the vice rector.

Ghent University and Mexico

As a pluralistic and socially engaged institution, Ghent University has always been a forerunner in the field of internationalization in higher education. A position that we want to further strengthen by, among other things, maintaining partnerships with institutes that offer higher education in countries and regions that are strategically important for Ghent University. In this context, the vice rector will visit Mexico.

The CESAM Platform
Ghent University has a long tradition of cooperation with institutions that offer higher education in Latin America. The CESAM Platform unites all Ghent University expertise in this region, with concrete objectives.
  • An increase  of the academic and non-academic mobility through mutual academic recognition;
  • Encourage joint projects and activities in research, education and services;
  • Facilitate knowledge and expertise exchange in Latin America;
  • Promoting initiatives with a view to capacity building in higher education, both at Ghent University and in Latin America.


Visit to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (18 February, Mexico City)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is the largest university in Mexico with 350.000 students and 67.022 staff. The faculty of Arts and Philosophy (prof. Ilse Logie and prof. Renata Enghels ) has been working together with UNAM for three years, a collaboration that will be made official in a new bilateral agreement during this visit. This new cooperation agreement offers our Ghent University students the opportunity to master the Spanish language and to come into close contact with the rich Latin American culture.

A first Mexican alumni event (18 February, Mexico City)

On Monday 18 February there will be a first, an informal meeting with several Mexican alumni is scheduled. All Ghent University alumni in Mexico were invited for this. The intention is to explain the international alumni policy of Ghent University and to look for possible support for future plans in this context.

Ghent University alumni in Mexico

Seminar ’Smart Cities’ (19 February, Mexico City)

The Ghent University visit to Mexico is part of an economic mission and this in close cooperation with the regional institutions for foreign trade (such as Flanders Investment & Trade) and the FPS Foreign Affairs. It is a multisectoral mission, with the focus on the agro-food sector.

On the initiative of prof. Peter Goethals , the Smart Cities seminar will take place on Tuesday 19 February. A collaboration with the University of Liège and Ghent University. Goethals will talk about water and waste processing. "Water underpins every aspect of human and environmental existence. The severe water challenges facing the world require an unprecedented global response", says prof. Goethals.

Visit to the ruin city of Edzna (21 February, Campeche)

The collaboration with Mexico, in particular with INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History), and the Ghent University Department of Geography goes back to a project by Prof Filip De Maeyer that was carried out in 2007-2010 by Ghent University with funding from BELSPO. The project was part of a series of projects entrusted by UNESCO and BELSPO at Ghent University (Department of Geography) about the indemnification or the nomination of World Heritage.

All projects subsequently led to further research between Ghent University and local researchers and institutions: for example, research in the state of Campeche.

In November 2013, several UGent researchers (Bart De Wit, Britt and Cornelis Stal) started mapping the Mayan temples in the ruin city of Edzna in 3D. Such 3D models can help the INAH to manage and conserve the Mexican cultural heritage.
More information: Ednza 3D

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