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Universiteit Gent (Belgium)

Today Ghent University attracts over 44,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 6% (40% of PhD students). In 2018, the university invested over 308 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and employed around 7,300 academic staff members. Ghent University is ranked 66th in the Shanghai and 143th in the Times ranking. The University has participated in 263 research projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which it coordinated 42 collaborative projects.

Up till now, Ghent University is under Horizon 2020 involved in around 270 projects, and coordinates 26 of the collaborative projects.

The university is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects. It hosts 60 ERC grant holders (22 under FP7 and 38 under H2020) and acquired 55 Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships (26 under FP7 and 29 under H2020). In H2020, it is involved in 46 ITN projects (8 as coordinator).

The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, for which it has been rewarded the HR Excellence in Research label by the European Commission. Ghent University awarded 689 PhD degrees in 2018 of which over 30% went to international young researchers and counts 21 highly cited authors (Clarivate) among its academic staff.

UGent endorsed Charter for Researchers & Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in 2006. The European Commission rewarded Ghent University's action plan for researchers with the "HR Excellence in Research" logo in May 2014.

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Stefaan Cottenier

Michael Sluydts

Veronique Van Speybroeck

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