Academic diplomacy

Flanders and the United Kingdom have developed an intensive collaboration between different universities and research centres. This is borne out by international co-publications where Flemish academics are the sixth most occurring partners for British researchers and British researchers are in the top three for Flemish partners. Within the current European research programme Horizon 2020 there are about 500 research projects involving both British and Flemish partners.

There are strong academic ties with Ireland, such as the Leuven Institute for Ireland and Europe that provides programmes and events for Irish organisations, as well as the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS), that carries out multi and interdisciplinary research.

The Flemish Representation supports academic initiatives and collaborations between Flemish, British and Irish partners by:

  • Supporting activities of Flemish academics, universities, university colleges and their umbrella organisations in the United Kingdom and Ireland

    • Lectures by Flemish academics
    • Networking events for Flemish universities and university colleges at fairs
    • Partnerships between universities
    • Exchange students from VLIR, VLOHRA, VLOR, FKA,…
  • Supporting Dutch and Low Countries studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland
    • Guest lectures, literary nights and translation sessions
  • Supporting research that has a link with Flanders, Belgium or the Low Countries (Flanders Fields, Scotland and the Flemish people, Federalism,…)
  • Supporting networking events with Flemish academics, students and alumni