Vrije University Brussels

A never-ending quest for knowledge, insights and enlightenment form the golden thread in all we do in education, research and social commitment.

For more than 180 years VUB has helped build a better society as an innovative, free inquiring and critical thinking university. We are linked to the world from within our international capital Brussels.

At the same time we continue to advance our very personal and democratic approach that enables all the members of the VUB-community to grow, so they can successfully take up their roles in the world of today and tomorrow.

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Shared values

What drives us

All members of the VUB community endorse our value spectrum.

  • We place humanity central
  • A democratic attitude guides our (co)operation
  • Respect for and trust in each other characterises our community
  • Curiosity drives us in learning, researching, innovating and working
  • We strive to obtain the highest possible quality in everything we do
  • Multidisciplinarity and cooperation are our starting points
  • We stimulate entrepreneurship and cooperation within and outside the university
  • We see diversity as an asset
  • We strive for sustainability in all its facets
  • Societal relevance drives us in all our choices

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Between 2003 and 2013, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) was the beneficiary of an Institutional University Co-operation (UIC) project, funded by Vliruos.

Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site

Yours sincerely,


Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations