Professor Rik Van de Walle is rector of Ghent University since 1 October 2017.

Rik Van de Walle tijdens onthaalontbijt

Rector Van de Walle is assisted by Vice-Rector Mieke Van Herreweghe.

He was born in 1970 and obtained the degrees of Master of Science in Engineering Physics and Doctor of Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University.

After a visiting post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) he returned to Ghent, became a full-time assistant professor (‘docent’) in 2001 and set up the Multimedia Lab, one of the founding research groups of iMinds (since 2016: imec).

In 2004 he became full professor, and in 2010 senior full professor. After a merger with two other research groups (across departmental and even university boundaries), the Multimedia Lab was renamed in 2016 as Internet and Data Lab (IDLab). IDLab is a very large group, encompassing about 300 members.

From 2012 until 2017 he was dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.

Since 2020, he is also President of CESAER.


Rector's Office
Campus Ufo, Rectorate
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
T.+32 (0)9 264 30 01/13