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Visit in Leuven

Trilateral Student Representative Exchange of Cologne, Leuven, and Nijmegen

View over Leuven from the viewing tower of the library. Photo: Susanne Berger

On Monday, the 24th of April 2017, representatives of the General Students’ Committee (Allgemeinen Studierendenausschusses, short: AStA), of various fractions of the student parliament, and of the Vice-Rectorate for International affairs took part in a trilateral exchange. Alongside student representatives from Leuven (Belgium) and Nijmegen (Netherlands), the Cologne delegation has met on the KU Leuven Campus.

In his welcoming address, Prof. Dr. Danny Pieters, the vice rector for Humanities and Social Sciences at KU Leuven, stressed the importance of cooperation between European neighboring countries. The morning’s program contained presentations about the respective structures of the student councils of the three universities. Many similarities and even more differences were detected and found further attention in the students’ discussions over lunch.

In the afternoon, the students had a guided tour of the campus of the KU Leuven, in which the structures of the student representatives were elucidated more concretely. One highlight was the viewing tower of the library from which it is possible to see almost all of the university buildings that stretch out across the city. The Learning-Center further impressed the delegation, in which the students find study rooms for groups, to study in quiet or rooms with multifarious functions.
After a friendly early-afternoon get-together with Belgian delicacies, the delegation was taken back to Cologne. The successful meeting has already caused plans for a subsequent meeting at the University of Cologne, at which the Cologne students would like to invite Leuven and Nijmegen representatives to a tour through the tunnel underneath the main building of Cologne University.

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  • The student representatives of the universities of Cologne, Leuven and Nijmegen Photo:Susanne Berger
  • At the early-afternoon get-together. Photo:Susanne Berger