Collaborations and Partnerships
Openness to the world is at the heart of University of Liège's priorities. The institution proposes numerous international mobility formulas to its students, but also to its researchers and personnel, thus enabling each to reinforce its transversal skills and linguistic knowledge.
In both teaching and research, the University of Liège aims to offer international opportunities to all. These are considered as a condition of quality, the mobility of students and teachers is proposed as a tool for dialogue and excellence.
Mobility formulas for all
ULiège offers mobility formulas for its various audiences, ranging from exchange stays to international curriculum (giving rise to joint degrees), providing students with integrated mobility with the foreign partner through the teaching or training missions abroad for personnel.
It is also possible for students to perform an internship abroad. Furthermore, the English curriculum provided at ULiège makes it possible for them to meet many international students staying at Liège.
The Erasmus Charter of ULiège and its declaration regarding Erasmus strategy details the objectives pursued and the support offered to all students in Liège.
In addition, the University of Liège participates in the Erasmus + programme and makes use of the set of tools proposed by it, which makes it possible to work within the framework of international partnerships, whether in Europe ("strategic partnerships", "knowledge alliances"), in order to share innovative practices in the field of higher education, or with regions outside of the European Union ("Capacity building"), with a view to strengthening their abilities and supporting the modernization, accessibility and internationalization of higher education in these partner countries.
The University of Liège and its researchers are anchored in the world via multiple partnerships. The scientific collaborations of researchers fuel the international thematic networks of their Faculty. The University of Liège reinforces their activities in geographical areas which it deems strategic. The institution develops and maintains a cross-border positioning, a European strategy and an openness to the world in its fields of excellence.
A cross-border positioning
Thanks to its exceptional geographical location, ULiège collaborates in a privileged way with the universities of neighboring countries: France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. The European structure of "cross-border Euro-regions" provides these collaborations with adequate means and promotes the creation of genuine interuniversity centres of excellence for teaching and research, as well as their promotion.
The University of Liège is a leading actor in the "Grande Région", where it is a founding member of the UniGR Grouping with the universities of Lorraine, Sarre, Trier, Kaiserslautern and Luxembourg. This grouping works on joint projects in key disciplines (biomedicine, materials, border studies) and federates the procedures that facilitate mobility or collaboration between institutions, in particular with a "UniGR student status" and groups of experts. The cross-border projects of the consortium apply for and receive support from the European funds, Interreg.
ULiège is also very active with its partners from the Euregio Meuse-Rhin. Thus, collaborations in teaching are developed with the Université d'Aix-la-Chapelle in Germany (RWTH Aachen), the Hasselt/Diepenbeek University in Flanders and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Neuroscience is an area of great collaboration, especially with the co-organized Masters within the research network EURON (European Graduate School of Neurosciences), which leads the Faculties of Medicine to structure their efforts and mutually reinforce research teams, in particular with the University of Maastricht. More precisely with Maastricht, projects are developing which concern the mobility of students and supervisors, such as the Bachelors programme in Law that includes a specific option of 30 credits shared between the two universities, or a joint Masters in Political Science focused on Science, Technology, and Society.
A European strategy
The European framework is the field of choice for the international actions of the University of Liège, since the European area of teaching and research represents the natural perimeter of many initiatives.
As a pioneer of student mobility with the Erasmus program since 1987, ULiège now offers all the mobility formulas for the different publics provided for in the centralized and decentralized programmes: 24% of ULiège graduates have stayed abroad, which exceeds the European target for 2020. Today, nearly 800 ULiège students are mobile and an equal number of foreign students contribute to the internationalization of the audiences and curricula in Liège.
Finally, the European area of research provides all researchers with an enabling environment for their projects.
International openness in teaching and research missions
The University of Liège adheres to the European Bologna Process and promotes the Charter of the European Researcher. It has the expanded "Lifelong Learning" Charter, which is essential to the quality of the mobility that it integrates into students' curriculum, as well as to the HR Strategy for the careers of its staff. This positioning naturally places ULiège in European networks of excellence.
An openness to the world
In the proximity of Europe, the University of Liège works more particularly in the Maghreb, with the Averroes European Network or as part of projects supported by Europe. Skill building and doctoral training represent two of the pillars ULiège's actions in this area.
Certain institutions in the world are building a lasting and structured collaboration with the University of Liège. Thus, the University of Montreal co-finances faculty mobility, the University of Kobe prepares multidisciplinary projects in biotechnology with ULiège, Texas A&M collaborates in teh field of spatial sciences and, concerning the research dedicated to exoplanets, ULiège shares advanced equipment with prestigious institutions such as the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Each time, innovative opportunities are seized by researchers and contribute to the visibility of the institution. Collaborative platforms are potentially set up.
In areas of the world known as emerging, the University of Liège consolidates its presence where concentrations of collaborations are observed. Often with a private or public industrial partner, it ensures that its projects are linked to the needs of the host society.
Africa remains a continent of choice for the University of Liège. The influence of some of its Faculties in Central Africa, including that of Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech, contributes to broadening the themes of the major challenges to the changing society.
Through its development cooperation activities, the University of Liège coordinates some of the national development cooperation programs and takes original initiatives, such as its Central Africa Platform in Kinshasa, with partnerships drawn from civil society or international organizations .