International Days 2023

international days

We are very pleased to invite you to our next edition of EhB International Days which will take place from Wednesday 3 May until Friday 5 May 2023. This year's theme is 'EhB calls for Inclusive Higher Education'.

What to expect

During the International Days  lecturers, researchers and staff  will have the exclusive opportunity to:

  • Experience and share best practices in dealing with topics related to Inclusive Education
  • Share your Erasmus + study programs with our students and staff
  • Get acquainted with the EhB Departments/Schools of Art as one of the outstanding institutions of higher education in Brussels
  • Visit the European Parliament, attend a reception in the Brussels City Hall and enjoy the EhB artistic events
  • Meet our international and social partners which will enable you to reinforce your network


Check our complete programme below:


Deadline for registration is 19 April 2023.

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Wednesday 3 May 2023

Venue: Campus Kanal (Slotstraat 28, 1000 Brussels, Metro Place St Cathérine)

9 am - 10 am Registration
10 am - 12 am Welcome by Mr. Dennis Cluydts, President of EhB
  • Keynote Speaker Mr. Beno SCHRAEPEN, Author of book “Excluses”, Lecturer & Researcher at the Artesis Plantijn University College of Applied Sciences Antwerp, Learning is for everyone. Towards inclusive higher education
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Badra DJAIT, Coordinator Diversity & Inclusion, University of Ghent, and chairperson of VOEM, Towards a Sense of Belonging in an inclusive learning environment
  • Panel discussion with keynotes and EhB-students moderated by Marieke De Vos, Head of Educational Development
12 am - 1 pm Lunch
1 pm - 2:30 pm Workshops (Make your choice)
Workshop 1 Reasonable accommodations and Universal Design by Beno Schraepen
In this workshop, we focus on two primary approaches for increasing or facilitating access to higher education for students with disabilities: the provision of accommodations to students and the use of universal design (UD) to structure campus environments, policies, and practices.
Workshop 2 Awareness Raising Tool (ART)- UHasselt
The Awareness Raising Tool, one of the outputs of the Erasmus+ project eInclusion, is designed to assist educators in understanding their role as a mediator and facilitator of a diverse classroom, with each member coming from different backgrounds, facing different challenges, and having different needs in relation to the specific educational (online, blended, hybrid, physical ) setting. The tool is intended as a basis for a pathway to inclusive pedagogies. What to expect: Active and open engagement in reflection and exchange of perspectives, insights and strategies based on (self)awareness promoting exercises.
Workshop 3

Language Policy@Erasmushogeschool Brussel: Inclusion in many ways
Sarah Van Bulck, Dorien Sauwens, Liesbeth Mets, EhB Language Policy Advisor & Language coaches. EhB attracts a highly diverse student population with regard to educational, linguistic and socio-economic background. As a result, there is a wide variety in proficiency in (academic) Dutch, our main instruction language. Therefore, we establish a broad approach to “inclusion” in our language policy by: 

  1. Supporting all students, through TaalOntwikkelend Lesgeven (“language sensitive teaching”).
  2. Supporting some students with extra needs, through individual and group coaching, an online exercise platform etc.
  3. Exploring the multilingualism of many of our students through small initiatives.

What to expect: you will be given a general introduction on each of the above topics, along with some examples of how we concretise this.

2:30 pm - 3 pm Coffee Break
3 pm - 4:30 pm Workshops (Make your choice)
Workshop 1 ALL-IN: Stories for an All Inclusive Higher Education
Bert Wastijn & Kaat Verhaeghe, EhB Lecturer and researcher, Urban Coaching & Education. ALL-IN is an ongoing project which is being implemented in co-operation with HOGENT. The objective is to create a place for all students in which they feel at home, to be seen and to belong to. The methodology is based on stories from students collected by students assuming that sharing these stories will contribute to a more inclusive higher education policy. What to expect? During this workshop we will present the first project results, including some experiences shared by students themselves. We also will give insights in the difficulties we are facing . We will welcome all input from participants in order to making this project stronger. Have a look here.
Workshop 2 BIP: You are what you wear? – Corporate communication, fashion and sustainability
Jaap Versluis, lecturer at Inholland, Swaran Sandhu lecturer at Hochschule der Medien, Ilse Godts, Ellen Thielemans, lecturers in Communication & Annelore Schittecatte, Head of International Office. Under the Erasmus+ programme (2021-27), a novelty was introduced to make the programme more inclusive, and more digital: the Blended Intensive Programmes. In this session we will share our experience with a BIP in the field of Communication Studies. Are you considering to develop a BIP and looking for some enthusiasm? Please join us! 
Workshop 3

Jazz & Gender, Monika Herzig (via Streaming)
This presentation discusses some of the findings from our recent Routledge Companion "Jazz and Gender" (Routledge, 2022) ed. Monika Herzig, James Reddan, and Michael Kahr, specifically a summary of the lingering barriers for female instrumentalists in jazz causing the current glass ceiling. In 38 chapters, authors from 4 continents, present historical, social and cultural perspectives on gender in the art form jazz. Furthermore I'd like to discuss my chapter contribution to the book, the role of all female groups, and our Jazz Girls Days as initiatives towards change. Lingering barriers include missing role models, tokenism, stereotyping, and approaches to pedagogy. Presenting alle female groups on stage and in educational settings provides safe environment, freedom of expression, breaks stereotypes, and offers needed networking opportunities. During our discussions we will focus on specific issues and unique cultural characteristics of European countries and share possible action items.  

4:45 pm - 6 pm Guided Walking Tour leaving from Campus Kanal to the City Hall organized by Tourism & Recreation Management students 
6 pm - 8 pm Networking event and reception at City Hall Brussels
  • Welcome by:
    • Mrs Ans PERSOONS, Alderman in charge of Flemish Education in Brussels City and Member of the EhB Board of Directors
    • Mrs. Raymonda VERDYCK, Chair of the EhB Board of Directors 
  • Musical touch: Jazz band, students Royal Conservatory Brussels
  • Venue: City Hall, Gothic Room, Grand Place, Brussels (Metro Central Station or Brouckère)

Thursday 4 May

Venue: Campus Kanal (Slotstraat 28, 1000 Brussels, Metro Place St Cathérine)

9 am  -11 am

The 'Liquid' Campus: A Sensorial Futures Exploration 

Dr. Ruth Pijls (Hogeschool Saxion) & Dr. Eva De Smedt (Erasmushogeschool Brussel)
How to put concepts as ‘broad campus’ or ‘open campus’ into practice in the future? How to make higher education campuses hospitable by creating an inviting, caring, and comfortable environment, not only for students and lecturers, but also for city dwellers and other types of city users? In this session, Ruth Pijls and Eva De Smedt join their expertise in respectively sensorial experiences in hospitable contexts and futures for urban culture to gradually and co-creatively build up towards answering these questions. What to expect? After an introductory talk about the researchers’ recent case studies, participants will be invited to co-construct their own images of the future of an integrated and urban engaged campus. The session will result in a dynamic amalgam of sensorial imaginations of the campus of the future and suggestions for actions in the present. 

11 am - 1 pm Multiple identities in diverse classrooms, Drs. Safa Göregen, EhB Lecturer 
The super-diverse society in which youngsters have to find their place entails many challenges.
What to expect? In this workshop discussions will take place on the type of support which you could provide towards your students, possible pitfalls you should avoid, and how you could establish a democratic and sustainable dialogue in order to foster mutual understanding.
1 am - 2 pm Lunch
2 pm - 4 pm Visit to the European Parliament, in presence of Mrs Lara WOLTERS, MEP and Associate Member of the EP Commission Education & Culture
Evening Events

Choice between:

  • 7.30pm: Piano concert given by students of the Royal Conservatory Brussels (EhB), Kleine Zavel 5 (Room 0.70- Small Concert Room)
  • 8 pm: Film "Klette" by Michael Abay, “Les murs qui crient” by Evi Cats and “La Marelle” by Laura De Baudringhein, RITCS, Dansaertstraat 70, Brussel (Metro Bourse or Place St Catherine)
  • 8 pm: Musical: Andrée ARTY, Zinnema, Anderlecht, Rue de Veeweyde 24-26, 1070 Anderlecht (Metro St Guido) 

Friday 5 May

Venue: Campus Kanal (Slotstraat 28, 1000 Brussels, Metro Place St Cathérine)

10 am - 11:30 am Workshops (Make your choice)
Workshop 1 Universal Design of Learning in vocational programmes: case study of the associate degree Information Management
The EhB associate degree (EQF-5) Information Management received a growing influx of students with an autism spectrum disorder and other learning disabilities. The programme answered with individual provisions focused on students’ difficulties, but success of this methodology differed.  As a result the programme started implementing principles of Universal Design of Learning with the motto ‘what helps students with learning disabilities, helps all students’
Workshop 2

Moving toward a new context
Hendrik De Smedt, Head of Theatre Department, RITCS, EhB

The presence of a University College can have an impact on the local neighborhood. How can the local neighborhood also have an impact on our education and why? In the hyper diverse context of Brussels, this challenge is multilayered.  The Theatre Department of RITCS School of Arts is moving to a new campus within 1.5 years. Hendrik De Smedt, head of the Theater Department, shares the challenges they face and lays out the need and strategies to make their new campus their home, in connection with the "new" neighborhood. What to expect? A presentation and roundtable for knowledge sharing.

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