Free University of Brussels

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Institutional report:
VUB – SHEFCE – Mapping report

Action plan:
VUB Action plan

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VUB is a Dutch and English-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium. It originated from the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that was founded in 1834.

VUB is the only Flemish university that has the principles of ‘Free Inquiry’ written into its articles of association. These principles are based on the writings of French mathematician and natural philosopher Henri Poincaré (1854-1912): ‘Thinking must never submit itself’. Today, this is still our basic philosophy.

VUB distinguishes itself as an urban engaged university, connecting with the region and taking up its role as an active ‘place maker’ and facilitator. Brussels is envisioned as a class room and workplace. VUB aims to strengthen the Brussels community by organizing education and research on, with, in and for Brussels and by putting the scientific expertise and knowledge of our students, teachers and researchers at the service of the city.

Institutional community engagement heatmap

Dimensions of community engagement
Social needs
Teaching and learning
Service and knowledge exchange
Management / partnerships
Management / policies
Peer support

Heatmap colour legend:
Lowest level
Highest level
In the TEFCE Toolbox: „4 The heatmap is focused on the dimensions of community-engagement activities. The dimensions that relate to the supportive environment for community engagement (Dimensions VI – Management/policies; and Dimension VII – Supportive peers) are only subject to the ‘Authenticity’ characteristic of the heatmap since those dimensions relate to ensuring the institutional conditions for engaging with communities rather than on engagement activities themselves.“

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The list below shows three institutions that have different results in their institutional heatmap (see methodological note*).

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The list below shows three institutions that have different results in their institutional heatmap (see methodological note*).

* Methodological note:
The aim of this feature is to allow users to explore the variety of ways in which universities approach and organise community engagement, without allowing a direct/competitive comparison of performance. Similar and different institutions are automatically generated based on the results of their institutional community engagement heatmap results. The method used is applying Euclidean distance between institutions to provide the similar and differing institutions, which calculates the distance in an n-dimensional space between two cases.