VUB’s international frontrunners IES and VeCo step up collaboration

For decades, the Institute for European Studies (IES) and Vesalius College (VeCo) have built up strong reputations as frontrunners in education, research, and academic services on the international scene. Both being associated with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), one of Belgium’s prime universities with a strong internationalisation focus, the IES and VeCo have decided to work together more closely as of the summer of 2019. 

Although both institutions remain independent, their combined resources and expertise in both European studies and global governance will create multiple synergies that their stakeholders will benefit from – not in the least the students in their academic programmes. 

Indeed, VeCo has historically had a very strong, career-oriented educational offering, whereas the IES is characterised by a solid link between its research and educational portfolio. By means of this collaboration, one of the largest EU and global governance knowledge hubs in Europe is formed. 

About the IES and VeCo

As a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Institute for European Studies (IES) provides research, education and academic services focused on the EU in an international setting. The disciplines applied include law, social/political sciences, economics and communication sciences. The IES has built up a long-standing PhD track record and organises several academic programmes. 

Home to a thriving international community, Vesalius College (VeCo) offers students a truly unique educational experience. The College’s teaching methods are characterised by small, interactive classes, flexibility in course selection and continuous assessment. With a student body of approximately 300 and a low student-to-professor ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of students to help them achieve their potential.