Research Collaboration

Research at KU Leuven is very internationally oriented. Our researchers work together with colleagues from all over the world on a day to day basis – writing joint research papers, participating in international seminars, organising conferences and working on joint research projects. KU Leuven’s international collaboration starts bottom-up and is driven by the shared research interests of professors.

In recent years, India has not only economically but also politically and academically become more inmportant in the international scene. Many KU Leuven professors have joined forces with Indian centers of excellence. The list of initiatives below are examples of educational and research collaborations between KU Leuven academics and their Indian colleagues:

  • Prof. Bart Preneel, Department of Electrical Engineering-ESAT/COSIC Professor Preneel has been working together with Prof. Bimak K. Roy for more than 10 years (email and website). Prof. Bimal K. Roy became Director of the Indian Statistical Institute (250 faculty members in Calcutta, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad) two years ago. The Indian Statistical Institute is an excellent institution comparable to the IIT’s but is mainly focussed on graduate education (master/phd): "The Indian Statistical Institute [...] has a long and proud tradition of excellence in training, teaching and research in a number of academic disciplines including statistics, mathematics, computer science, economics, biology, geology, physics and social science. It attracts some of the brightest minds from all over India, and its alumni have made outstanding contributions to academics, governance and industry." More information here.
  • Dr Gerrit De Vylder, LESSIUS
    Professor De Vylder has been working together with Indian colleagues for over 30 years and is currently establishing a network for LESSIUS with the Business Schools in India
  • Prof. Lodewijk Berlage
    Professor Berlage has visited India regularly since 1995. He was a visiting professor at the Xavier Institute of Business Management in Bhubaneshwar (XIMB). He was also promoter of a university development cooperation project (1997-2002) and has had continuing contacts with the Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies (XIDAS) in Jabalpur. Recenlty Professor Berlage has worked as a visiting professor at the Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) in Chennai.
  • Prof. Idesbald Goddeeris
    Professor Goddeeris is the coordinator of Leuven India Focus. The Leuven India Focus is an interdisciplinary forum at the Leuven Centre of Global Governance Studies. It aims at developing, broadening and deepening knowledge and expertise on India and South Asia by organizing conferences, lectures and seminars and stimulating interdisciplinary research. The Leuven India Focus regularly invites scholars and experts from India, Europe and elsewhere to teach and debate on vital issues facing Indian society and the neighbouring region. Through this and other exchanges, it aspires to foster research on India and to cultivate academic networks and partnerships. More information here.
    Prof. Goddeeris had given lectures at the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), University of Mumbai, St. Xavier's College (Mumbai), University of Pune and Jindal Global University. He received visits from scholars from the University of Delhi, JNU (Delhi), Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam, Kerala), and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) in Leuven and has written joint publications with scholars from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies (Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw).
  • Prof. Stephan Parmentier
    Prof. Parmentier of the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC), Research Line on Political Crimes, Human Rights and Human Security has contacts with the Department of Criminology of the University of Chennai and the National Law University in Delhi.
  • Prof. dr. Joris Gielen
    Prof. dr. Gielen wrote a PhD about palliative care in New Delhi and is currently doing a Postdoc about the role of religion in Indian palliative care. He is working as a visiting research scientis at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi from January to December 2012. Prof. dr. Gielen is also planning a joint research project on Indian palliative care with prof. dr. Sushma Bhatnagar (Dr. B.R.A. Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital Hospital, AIIMS).
  • Prof. Jozef Corvelyn
    Prof. Jozef Corvelyn has a long tradition of collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Brothers of Charity in the field of mental health care. A new collaboration agreement to support this intention was signed by KU Leuven, TISS and the Brothers of Charity in 2011.
  • Ms. Hannelore Roos
    As a social and cultural anthropologist working at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven), Hannelore Roos conducts a PhD on skilled migration and pathways of mobility among the Indian diaspora. Cross-boundary working expats of Asian Indian origin in Belgium are her focus group to learn more about migration, transnationalism and cultural globalization. Her research interests include the Indian white collar and trade diaspora, Indic religions such as Jainism and Hinduism and the anthropology of mobility.
  • Prof. Filip De Beule
    Prof. Filip De Beule researches Indian outward foreign direct investment and Indian multinationals. He has research collaboration with fellow researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), where he stayed during his Erasmus Mundus scholarship on the internationalization of R&D in 2009. He is member of the India based Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing, an organization focusing upon the relationship between science, technology, the economy and society. He has regularly attended their conferences, and participated in their book and journal publications.
  • Anneleen Vandeplas, LICOS
    The Development and Food Policy Research Group at LICOS (Faculty of Business and Economics) is conducting research on the welfare and poverty implications of rural market institutions, and on the impact of trade, agricultural policies and structural change on the Indian agrifood sector, based on survey work in Uttarakhand, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. In addition, we are looking at the socio-economic impact of property right reforms in rural and urban Karnataka. More information can be found on this website. We collaborate with several leading Indian research organisations such as the New Delhi Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai.
  • Ingrid Verbauwhede, ESAT
    Prof. Verbauwhede has contacts with IIT Madras and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of IIT Kharagpur, one of the oldest and best Indian engineering institutes.
    The Department Electrical Engineering (EAST) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SETS, Society for Electronics Transactions and Security.
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of KU Leuven will sign a student exchange agreement with the Department of Geography of the University of Pune in 2012.
  • Faculty of Arts
    The Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven will sign a student exchange agreement with Jindal Global University in 2012.