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#Share4change: Looking back on a great event!

If you missed our online event on Monday 7 December 2020, don' t worry! You can find all material on this event on this page. Check it out!

Looking back on a great event!

On December 7 all ICP scholars had a very important date with minister Kitir. They were able to meet the new minister of Development Cooperation, as well as each other. We were very happy to see that over 200 people connected to this event.  Being aware that most of them arrived in Belgium in difficult circumstances and have to deal with challenges due to COVID-19. Most of them had to go into quarantine upon arrival. Some of them are now facing a second lockdown. They have to follow classes online most of the time and they are not able to meet their co-students or researchers the way they were probably hoping they could. At the event they were able to connect, share experiences and also have some fun!

Did you miss it? Don't worry, on this page you can check out the recordings of the event and much more!

Recordings event


Covid Debate Room

In the COVID Debate room Prof. Colebunders and his colleagues Prof. Vanham en Prof. Jansen hosted the session. They brought two topics: 1. COVID-19 and education and COVID-19 and vaccination.

Speech Minister Meryame Kitir

Dear representatives of VLIR, dear Professors,

But most of all: hello dear students, 

What a pleasure to meet you all and to see all these young and enthusiast faces. Or at least those of you that are visible on my screen. Honestly, I have to admit that this is a welcome change from the daily online meetings with diplomats, other ministers, officials and politicians, I had to sit through since I was appointed minister two months ago.

When VLIR asked me to participate in this meeting and share some thoughts with you, I did not hesitate for one minute. Probably I am not the first to welcome you to Belgium, but I do hope that I am the first Minister you meet. 

I might be stating the obvious, when telling that there are better circumstances to start an overseas experience. Undertaking this kind of adventure takes courage. I guess that you did not only come here to study, but also to enrich yourselves in many other ways. Of course you want to discover Belgium and Europe, but even more important this was an opportunity to explore your own future options.... read the full speech 

Q&A with minister Kitir

Some students have been given the opportunity to ask a question to the minister, representing the students of each university. To find out more, please read the full Q&A document.