International Affairs


European Online Course for students and refugees launched

Vesalius College, in cooperation with the educational NGO Sharing Perspectives Foundation, launches an intensive online course on “European Refuge(es): Critical Dialogue on the ‘crisis’ by refugees and non-refugees,” funded by the European Commission. The Sharing Perspectives Foundation is composed of nine European Universities and two European refugee organizations. During the ten-week course 300 participants spread […]

VeCo student wins the BAEF fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree in the US and to serve as a Cultural Ambassador

Emiel Haeghebaert, a third-year student at Vesalius, has won the prestigious BAEF (Belgian American Educational Foundation) fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree in the United States. The fellowship is awarded to a small number of exceptional Belgian and U.S. nationals to strengthen transatlantic ties.   Emiel is from Knokke-Heist in Belgium and is studying International Affairs at Vesalius […]

Deputy Director-General in the European Commission, Dr. Katarína Mathernová, gives inaugural lecture at Vesalius College

Dr. Katarína Mathernová, newly appointed professor of International Affairs, gave her inaugural lecture on Monday, 22 January. Mathernová is currently Deputy Director-General in the European Commission’s Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). In her lecture, Mathernová analysed major trends that have emerged in Europe and its periphery and reflected on how Europe should and […]

Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Kailash Satyarthi, inspires students during visit to Vesalius College

Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited Vesalius College and shared his experience as a human rights activist. Mr. Satyarthi spoke about his path to becoming an activist, and how he gave up his career as a professor to focus on activism.  He went on to explain how unexpected it was to win […]

Dean Koops interviewed by BBC World Service on UN Peacekeeping

Professor Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College, was interviewed today by the BBC World Service on the issue of the effectiveness United Nations Peacekeeping. Appearing on the “Newsday” Morning Programme, Dean Koops was asked about his opinion on a recent internal report on UN Peacekeeping that called for a more robust and better equipped approach […]

Vesalius College hosts SUNY Model EU 2018

Over 130 student delegates from the United States and Europe assembled at Vesalius College from January 10-14 for the SUNY Model EU 2018. SUNY Model EU is a joint activity with the State University of New York (SUNY) system and Vesalius College. It is a simulation of political negotiations at a European Council summit.  This […]

Special Lecture: ‘Europe in the Populist Age: Reflecting on the Vision and Challenges of Europe’s Periphery’

Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to the inaugural lecture of ‘POL324G: International Approaches to State-Building, Reform and Good Governance’ on: ‘Europe in the Populist Age: Reflecting on the Vision and Challenges of Europe’s Periphery’ Speaker: Dr. Katarina Mathernova, LL.M. Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighborhood & Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission […]

Katarína Mathernová (EU) and Jeffrey Franks (IMF) join VeCo’s Teaching Faculty!

Vesalius College is excited to announce the appointment of two outstanding policy-makers of international organisations as new Adjunct Professors in the Departments of Business Studies and International Affairs. Dr. Katarína Mathernová (European Commission) and Dr. Jeffrey Franks (International Monetary Fund) bring their wealth of experience, practical insights, and academic rigour to the College’s undergraduate teaching […]

Vesalius College hosts the Brussels launch of the Global Terrorism Index 2017

On 16 November, Vesalius College in cooperation with the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Europe, the Global Governance Institute, and the Atlantic Treaty Association launched the Global Terrorism Index 2017 in Brussels. Speakers Mrs. Daniela Irrera (Associate Professor, University of Catania), Mrs. Ramona Manescu (MEP, EPP), and Mr. Daniel Hyslop (Research […]

EPSS Lecture: ‘The Belgian Jihad and Foreign Fighters’

Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to the evening lecture on: ‘The Belgian Jihad and Foreign Fighters’Speaker: Mr. Pieter Van Ostaeyen (PhD Candidate, University of Leuven) Date: 30 November (Thu) Time: 18:00 – 19:30 (Light reception to follow) Place: Lisbon Room, Vesalius College (Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels)   SPEAKER’S BIO Pieter Van Ostaeyen is […]