The Kulak has been an integral part of KU Leuven for 50 years. It is an undergraduate and doctoral campus with some 100 PhD students conducting research in human, hard and biomedical sciences.
The faculties and research groups of the Kulak are fully integrated with the corresponding entities at Leuven.
The doctoral students are also linked to one of the three doctoral schools of Leuven. The Kulak is strongly committed to encouraging doctoral students to acquire additional skills.
The University of Leuven has meanwhile built up extensive expertise in organising seminars and courses for young researchers.
The Leuven Research and Development service organises training courses on entrepreneurship, technology transfer and human resources that prepare the doctoral students for a career outside the university.
On a case-by-case basis, there are various collaborations between the researchers of France and Kortrijk. Through its participation in the INTERREG-IV Metropolitan University, the Kulak has shown that the campus is interested in exchanges and working together with the regional partners in training matters.
For the Kulak, this is one of the best ways to raise awareness about its expertise in Western Flanders and elsewhere and convert the brain drain into a brain gain.
A concrete example that is worthy of mention is the recent conclusion of the bilateral agreement on the joint financing of four PhDs under joint supervision (between the Kulak and Lille 2) in the field of biomedical sciences and law.
The TRANSUNIV project should give us the opportunity to pursue the work already accomplished and offer training courses and initiatives in the Euro-region which build awareness among our doctoral students about the added value of interregional collaborations.
In addition to this inter-cultural component, our university campus intends to rely mainly on the interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral training.