Youth Conferencing – International Students Conference
- August 26, 2017
- Posted by: dev
The International Students Conference (ISC) was first launched in Ghent University 2014 and since then been regarded as the first ever International Students Conference from 1962 when the International student programme began in Belgium. Over the three years, the conference has witnessed growth in attendance, gathering over 300 participants including (Students, Alumni and Youths, Ambassadors, Presidents of Members States, Honourable Members of High Commission, Directors, and CEOs of different Organizations) in and out of Belgium. ISC is the brainchild of Stephen Chigbo who founded it in 2014, under his leadership as the President of the International Students Association of Ghent (ISAG), with support of ISAG executive members: Ufomba Innocent (Secretary General), Ogbonna Chinwe (Welfare Officer), Mary Swiri (Assistant Welfare Officer), and Ghent University official Dr. Nancy Terryn, Ann Van Hauwaert, and Dr. Annelies Verdoolaege. The conference was approved and graced by his chairmanship, the Rector of Ghent University Prof. Dr. Emeritus Paul Van Cauwenberge, currently the Pro-rector of Ghent Univerity.
ISC has become a landmark with the aim of integrating all universities in Belgium, EU and beyond. ISC is managed by the ACP Diaspora Youth Support Services (ACP DYSS), and is organized in partnership with the International Students’ Association of Ghent University (ISAG) and parent institutions: Ghent University (UGent), University of Antwerp, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussels VUB and alumni from the different universities in Belgium. The conference is aimed at gearing international students to be engaged in innovative educational, economic and human development responses for growth in their home countries and study environments.
The conference is aimed at addressing the question of how international students can contribute to sustainable development of their home countries and regions after a successful study experience abroad. It is an international conference also touching on the role of University alumni in capacity building at home (especially for countries in the South), and how sustainable development can be supported through collaboration and linkages between Universities in the South and the North
The idea for the conference arose as a result of feedback from current and former international students at UGent faced with the challenges of “what next” after successfully completing their studies in Belgium Universities on how to prepare them for the challenges ahead after graduation; and how they will be able to contribute to the development of their home country and the abroad study environment with the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
- Stimulate students with ideas that can contribute to the improvement of their participation in the development of their home countries
- To enhance collaboration and networking among International students
- Contribute ideas on how students can enhance collaboration and linkage with home country institutions
- Enhance entrepreneurial development capacity of students
- Broaden understanding of global development policy and opportunities
- Governance /Leadership: Migration crises
- Research, Collaboration, and Linkage, Proposal Writing
- Climate change
- Awareness against Terrorism and radicalism among youths
- Women Empowerment