About the Institute
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), founded in 1970, provides education for almost 15.000 students in 8 faculties, offering 27 Bachelor programs, 90 Master and Advanced Master programs, and over 35 PhD disciplines. It employs over 3000 staff at the university and 3,350 staff at the university hospital, UZ Brussel. Relevant with its unique location in the capital of Europe, it is part of VUB’s mission to become an international university. Therefore, VUB also provides English programs for its nearly 21% foreign students. The VUB has been participating in the Erasmus program since the start of the program in 1988. Hence, VUB and its International Relations and Mobility Office have obtained extensive experience in managing and participating in large international cooperation projects, e.g. Life Long Learning program (Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Monnet), EMA 1, 2 and 3. Internationalization is one of the core strategies of the university. The VUB has a diverse student population, in terms of social and cultural backgrounds, learning styles, etc.
Role in the Project
The Bhutanese partner delegation will be hosted to familiarize them with the VUB’s study guidance center. By means of participating in workshops for students, meeting with the different experts within the study guidance team and attending counselling sessions they will get accustomed to the VUB’s study guidance work method.
In a later phase, by method of train the trainer workshops, a counselling course-pack will be co-developed. The focus will be on following topics; study and examination skills, stress management, methods to enhance study success, communication skills, etc. The importance of an ethical framework to perform the abovementioned activities will also be focused on.
In order to guarantee the longevity of the project, the VUB will participate in online follow-up sessions and provide feedback on the further development of the counselling.