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Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation

Information for: students, KU Leuven staff, externals



  • The president is appointed by the Academic Council, after proposal from the Executive Board. The president receives a 4 year-mandate, renewable only once.A Vice-president is appointed among the members of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation at the installation meeting.
  • Every faculty appoints one effective member and one substitute member, both of whom have a real expertise in the field of University Development Cooperation. This will assure and strengthen the democratic and multidisciplinary composition of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation.
  • The students appoint one effective and one substitute member.
  • The Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation is supported by the International Admission and Mobility Unit (DOEL) and by the Development Cooperation Unit. The administrative staff (ATP) will participate in the the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation in an advisory capacity.
  • The members (except the students) have a 3-year mandate, renewable but not prolongable. This principle will avoid a change of the president and the members at the same time, and guarantees sufficient rotation among the members. The rotation of members is intended to broaden the participation in University Development

Current composition


Duties and authorities


The policy with respect to internationalization and development cooperation is elaborated by the International Policy Council. The Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation operates as a policy implementing body, organizing, selecting and financing  development related activities, projects and scholarships.

Role and mission

The Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation is an advisory council, involving all the different faculties. Its task is:

  • To stimulate University Development Cooperation throughout the KU Leuven in its research, education and societal service
  • To expand participation through the use of specifically adapted instruments
  • To decide on the selection of scholarships and other requests for financing
  • To manage the allocated yearly budget
  • To assist in the preparation of the policy concerning University Development Cooperation for the International Policy Council, VLIR-UOS and other organizations.


Each year the Council draws up an estimate for the next year and a final balance of the past year.


Meeting frequency and calendar

  • The Council meets four times a year. The chair calls the Council and makes the agenda. The members can place items on the agenda. In addition to the scheduled meetings, the Council is also called upon request of 6 members.
  • Within the Council, working groups are created, in order to prepare the selections and formulate advice to the Council. The chair of the working group is also the chair of the Council.
  • The Council may appoint temporary committees to deal with clearly defined tasks.


Scholarships and other financing possibilities

See website International Office