The University Foundation organizes lots of activities for the members of the Club. Below you can see short reviews of some past activities. A more complete list can be seen on the French or Dutch web pages.
Migration, population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and development cooperation
(part of the lecture cycle "Traveling with Prof. Louis Baeck in the global village",
organized in cooperation with Prof. Dirk Heremans.)
The debate focusses on migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe and on its demographic and economic background. How can we explain this background and what are the (alarming) prospects for the future? Would sustainable economic growth contribute to a slow-down of emigration? And can development aid contribute to the acceleration of economic growth? Does immigration apart from costs also result in benefits for Western Europe? And in how far can emigration contribute to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa?
Keynote speaker: Mustapha Nabli, professor emeritus Development Economics, CEO North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies International, former Director World Bank, former Minister of Economic Development and Governor Central Bank of Tunisia, former Presidential Candidate Tunisia
Chair: Lode Berlage, professor emeritus development economics, KU Leuven
Jean-Philippe Platteau, professor emeritus development economics, Université de Namur, author of «Islam Instrumentalized » (2017)
Stephan Parmentier, professor of sociology of crime, law and human rights, KU Leuven
Marijke Verpoorten, professor Development Economics, University of Antwerp.
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 4:30 – 6.30 PM.
Belgium, a utopia for our times ?
University Foundation, Thursday 21 June 2018, 2-6pm
16th public event of the Re-Bel initiative
coordinated by Paul DE GRAUWE
A critical discussion of
Belgium. Une utopie pour notre temps (L’ Académie en Poche, Bruxelles, juin 2018),
Belgium. Een utopie voor onze tijd (Polis, Antwerpen, juni 2018),
by Philippe VAN PARIJS.
Part I: Selective presentation of the various chapters
Bea CANTILLON (UA)
Estelle CANTILLON (ULB)
Paul DE GRAUWE (LSE)
Bruno DE WEVER (UGent)
François MANIQUET (UCLouvain)
Erik SCHOKKAERT (KU Leuven)
members of Re-Bel’s core group
Part II: Critical comments
Edouard DELRUELLE (ULg)
Jean-Benoit PILET (ULB)
Herman VAN GOETHEM (UA)
Els WITTE (VUB)
Philippe VAN PARIJS (UCLouvain & KU Leuven)
Wedenesday 21 March 2018 at 12.30 pm.: Lunch debate "Thirty years student mobility in Europe, thanks to ERASMUS" ( in English) with Mrs Sophia Eriksson,director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ at the European Commission,and Professor Dr. Jan De Groof, professor College of Europe and Tiburg University.
Lunch : 33 € for members of the University Foundation and their partner, and 38 € for non-members.
The key element of the lunch debate concerns the higher education policy in the EU. A dynamic mobilisation of education is required to build a more united, inclusive, prosperous and democratic Europe. Which role can the EU play ? Will the necessary financial means be allocated to this policy ?
Erasmus (since 1987) has contributed, through student exchange programs, to a better understanding of the European Union, its history and diversity and to a raising awareness on the rights granted by European citizenship. Can Erasmus, as part of the higher education policy in the EU, become a homogenizing system in an ethnically and culturally diversified student population ?
These questions are equally important in the context of the ongoing financial discussions on the multi-annual budget 2021-2027 as well as in the Brexit negotiations.
Lunch-debate on November 9, 2016, with an indroductory talk by M. Jonatahan Faull, Director-General of the European Commission's Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum.
Jonathan Faull joined the European Commission in 1978, becoming Director for Competition Policy at the Directorate-General for Competition in 1995, Deputy Director-General in 1995 and Spokesman and Director-General of Press and Communication in 1999. After that he has held positions as Director-General of Justice and Home Affairs (later Justice, Freedom and Security) and Director-General of Internal Market and Services (later Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union). September 2015, he was appointed Director-General in the Secretariat-General entrusted with the special mission, on behalf of President Juncker, to chair the "Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum. Jonathan Fault studied law at the University of Sussex and has an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges.
The debate was introduced by Paul DUJARDIN, General Director of Bozar (in Dutch).
Bozar has shown a remarkable growth as a culture house. It now employs about 400 staff members. It continues ambitious investment plans. Its activities are much broader than pure fine arts. Despite its vicinity to the Brussel Grand Place, Bozar does not contribute to its liveliness, nor to that of the Sablon. Other city quarters organize related projects. Paul Dujrdin is aware of the challenges which Bozar faces and presented his viesw on the place of Bozar in Brussels and Belgium of tomorrow.
Guided tour of the exhibition «Imagine Istanbul», followed by the Santa Claus Dinner at the University Foundation.
Istanbul is a catalyst of cultural processes that has constantly changed its meaning, significance and appearance. Istanbul perpetually evolves and continues to defy a single representation, a defining telling or any generalisation. Istanbul therefore is an indefatiguable muse.
‘Imagine Istanbul’ looks at some defining artists of 20th century Turkish photography – but also music, cinema and literature- to illustrate how these art forms shaped the way we see this city. It explores a series of photographic revelations, bodies of work that move alongside the dividing waters of the city.
Guided tour of the exhibition “ANATOLIA. Home of eternity", followed by a dinner at the University Foundation.
Anatolia has long been a bridge between Europe and Asia, where numerous migrations have resulted in a fascinating cultural exchange. It is perhaps the greatest cradle of cultures in the world and has an extraordinarily rich heritage, thanks to an uninterrupted and twelve millennia-long succession of civilisations. However different these civilisations were, it is remarkable how cults and rituals were passed down, some even to this day.
The debate "The global and local environment: thoughts on the eve of the world wide meeting on climate change" was introduced by mr. Patrick Van Haute, Director of the OECD Council and Executive Committee Secretariat.
The speaker, from a family of Belgian diplomates, has a very important function at the OECD, which regroups the industrializd countries. In this way he is familiar with the options considered with respect to the general environment, energy, and climate change. He discussed the OCDE reports concerning the Belgian situations and the challenges our federal and regional governments ahve to cope with.
Concert with M. Thomas REIF, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth competition for violin 2015, with mrs. Daria Marshinina, piano, followed by a walking cocktail with special Belgian dishes.
Sonate nr 4, opus 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate for violon and piano by César Franck
The debate was introduced by Professor Vincent Blondel, rector of UCL (in French).
The disclosures of the world wide activities of the NSA and the possibilities of the social media have shown the threats to the citizens and their privacy, usually characterized by « Big data, Big business, Big Brother ». The speaker, a specilist of complex netowrks, will discuss the state of the art of the technology and the possibilities big data offer to companies and the challenges to the citizens and the politicians.