LEAD final conference and seminars took place in Brussels, 10-12 September 2018


LEAD Project Final Conference


10- 12 September 2018

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Monday 10 September

Venue: Promotiezaal, Building D, Room D2.01

09.00- 09.30


9.30 - 10.30

Welcome and opening session

Chair: Dr. Jacqueline Couder, Director, International Relations Office, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • LEAD Video
  • Eddy Van Gelder, Chairman of University Council,  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (10’)
  • Minister-Counsellor Jianmin LI, China Mission to the EU (15’)
  • Prof. Dr. Joao De Matos, Vice Rector for International Development, Universidade NOVA De Lisboa (10’)
  • Prof. Dr. Baojiang ZHU, Vice President, National Academy of Education Administration (15’)

10.30 -11.00

Group Photo

Coffee break

11.00– 12.15

LEAD project - Dissemination session

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yasar Kondakci, Middle East Technical University

  • LEAD project testimonial video
  • Presentation of main results of the LEAD project, Prof. Chang Zhu, LEAD project coordinator, VUB
  • LEAD Book presentation, Dr. Merve Zayim Kurtay & Prof. Chang Zhu, VUB
  • LEAD MOOC introduction and kick-off
  • Interactive session

 12.15- 13.50

Networking lunch

(Lounge bar/ Convivium, VUB)

14.00 – 15.30

LEAD Panel session

University governance in the international context: training and learning models, sharing and transferring of responsibilities, and risk management

Chair: Prof. Dr. Jan Cornelis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Panel members

  • Prof. Dr. Gulser Koksal, Vice Rector, Middle East Technical University
  • Anthony ANTOINE, Executive Director Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Prof. Dr. Xuemei YU, Director of International Office, Tongji University
  • Prof. Dr. Antonio Rendas, former Rector, Universidade NOVA De Lisboa
  • Prof. Dr. Jie ZHANG, National Academy of Education Administration


15.30 – 15.50

     Coffee break

15.50 – 16.50

Academic Leadership and Scholar’s mobility

“Facilitating EU-China Academic/scholar mobility and supporting young academic leadership development”

Facilitator: Prof. Dr. Wei SHEN, Deakin University & ESSCA EU-Asia Institute

  • Andrea Střelcová,  ESSCA EU-Asia Institute & Charles University
  • Lin Goethals,  ESSCA EU-Asia Institute & Ghent University

16.50- 17.50

Closing session

Chair: Prof. Dr. Dominique Verte, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • Antonella Giorgio, Erasmus+ Higher Education International Capacity Building, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) (15’)
  • Prof. Dr. Caroline Pauwels, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (15’)
  • Prof. Dr. Melita Kovacevic, former Vice rector, University of Zagreb (10’)
  • Kris Dejonckheere, Secretary General, UNICA Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (10’)
  • A scholar’s journey of academic leadership development in LEAD, Dr. Merve Zayim Kurtay & Meiying Jing (10’)