About us

Together, we strive for enhanced coordination, synergy & complementarity and collective learning.

ARES, VLIR-UOS, and ITM share the mission to contribute to global sustainable development through higher education and science.

The roles of Higher Education and Science Institutions (HE&SIs) in sustainable development can be diverse:

  • They can be drivers of change themselves within their own projects.
  • They can provide evidence-based policy support to a variety of actors.
  • They can empower agents of change through education.
  • They can be scientific advisors in other actors’ projects, or partners in multi-actor partnerships.

Our mission

The thematic Joint Strategic Framework on Higher Education and Science for Sustainable Development (HES4SD) pools together the available expertise within Belgian HE&SIs in one unique platform.

Our goal is to enhance access to and exchange information on academic and scientific expertise beyond themes, disciplines, sectors, and geographic boundaries. We aspire to be the main gateway for other Belgian actors of non-governmental cooperation, governments, bilateral or multilateral actors, private companies, or civil society organisations.

Actors

ARES

ARES

ARES is the alliance of higher education institutions of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Belgium.  Its role is to guarantee the public service mission of...

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ITM

ITM

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp strives for the advancement of science and health for all, through innovative research, advanced education, professional...

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VLIR-UOS

VLIR-UOS

VLIR-UOS, established under the umbrella of VLIR (the Flemish Interuniversity Council), is the leading platform for Flemish higher education to collaborate in the context...

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