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Ghent University: 'Dare to think'


Ghent University was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange. The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Corneille Heymans Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,... You'll also find many prominent persons among the alumni such as Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former President of the International Olympic Committee). Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees.

The University is located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart of Europe. It is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective. The 11 faculties are composed of 117 faculty departments. These departments offer more than 230 high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.

Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, and history. 

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University Centre for Nursing & Midwifery


The University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery (UCVV) is part of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University. The team consists of 25 members of staff being active in academic education, research, and societal/academic services in nursing and midwifery.

UCVV is a dynamic research center that focuses on the development, validation and valorization of scientific knowledge that leads to safe, evidence-based and efficient care and organization of care. This includes a focus on the translation and implementation of complex interventions in practice. The center was successful in obtaining > 4 million euro research funding since 2013.

Through partnerships and collaborations with external partners, the UCVV aims to support research skills of professionals in clinical practice. The research work is divided into six domains: skin care (pressure ulcers and incontinence- associated dermatitis), oncology, midwifery, education and training, mental health care, and nutrition. The UCVV uses innovative research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and works closely with national and international governments, universities, healthcare organizations and the industry in order to accomplish its mission.

The UCVV is responsible for the organization of the Master in Science in Nursing and Midwifery. In 2016, the UCVV was listed in the top- 100 QS World University Ranking for Nursing based on global reputation and research impact.