About us


The Eureast Platform engages in academic collaboration with and study of the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, more specifically Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Since their independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, all these countries have followed distinct paths, marked by diverging forms of political and economic development and reflecting their wide cultural, societal and geographical diversity. Eastern Europe and Eurasia have substantial geopolitical, geo-economic and cultural relevance for the European Union, which has developed highly interdependently with these two larger areas.

The ambition of the Ghent University’s Eureast Platform is to coordinate, facilitate and stimulate cooperation with Eastern Europe and Eurasia regarding education, research and service to society, as well as to advance knowledge about the above-mentioned regions and countries.

The Eureast Platform pursues three main objectives:

  1. To develop research collaborations and to promote exchange of students, researchers and lecturers;
  2. To foster study of and research on the region and to serve as an umbrella for several knowledge centres on Eastern Europe and Eurasia advancing academic and societal knowledge about these countries.
  3. To match and valorise academic expertise on Eastern Europe and Eurasia with external local and international partners.

Academic cooperation with Russia

Since Russia’s war against Ukraine in February 2022, Ghent University has suspended all forms of institutional cooperation with Russian universities and institutes that have pledged their support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and that have sanctioned academics and students who have spoken out against the war. At the same time, cooperation on an individual basis with Russian academics and students who do not support the invasion remains possible in order to keep open communication with Russian academics and civil society.

Ghent University’s Eureast Platform fully endorses this decision. Support for the ongoing war and the assaults on civilians and/or attempts to persecute all those who exercise their academic freedom and freedom of speech can only be condemned and goes against the very idea of exchange of thoughts and knowledge and peaceful cooperation that the Platform stands for.

UGent Human Rights Policy

Ghent University is a socially committed university and holds human rights in high esteem. The University and, hence, also Ghent University’s Eureast Patform, stimulates respect for human rights and minimizes the risks of human rights violations. Read more on Ghent University’s Human Rights Policy.

Platform Structure

The Steering Group is the decision-making body of the Eureast Platform, with representatives from all faculties. The daily management is assumed by the chairmen Prof. Ben Dhooge and Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt and by the coordinator Mrs. Anna Sashchenko. Once a year the advisory board convenes, where representatives from the local partners meet.

Daily Management

  • Chairmen: Prof. Ben Dhooge (Faculty of Arts & Philosophy) and Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt (Faculty of Political & Social Sciences)
  • Coordinator: Mrs. Anna Sashchenko (International Relations Office)

Steering Group

  • Daily management
  • Director for Internationalisation (Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck)
  • Representatives of each faculty:
    • Prof. Piet Van Poucke, Prof. Ben Dhooge/Prof. Aleksiy Yudin - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    • Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege - Faculty of Law
    • Prof. Johan de Grave - Faculty of Sciences
    • Prof. Dmitri Krysko, Prof. Elizaveta Padalko - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Prof. Geert Verdoolaege/Prof. em. Guido Van Oost, Mariya Edeleva - Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
    • Prof. Koen Schoors - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
    • Prof. Hans Nauwynck - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    • Prof. Robert Hartsuiker - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
    • Prof. André Skirtach, Nick Krekelbergh - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
    • Prof. Sarah De Saeger - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt/Prof. Thijs Van de Graaf, Karolina Kluczewska, Prof. Bruno de Cordier - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
    • Dr. Dieter De Bruyn - central administration

Cerise: Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studie

  • Researchers from different faculties from Ghent University doing research on Russia

Advisory Board

  • Daily management
  • Representatives of the external partners


The external partners are:

About the logo

Logo Eureast

The Eureast Platform’s logo is based on an ancient Slavic embroidery pattern which also appears in some Turkic cultures. It thus reflects the character and the diversity of the countries and societies within the Platform's scope. The basic symbol for 'fertile soil' in this embroidery pattern was re-designed, and stands for fruitful academic cooperation and academic exchange.


The Eureast Platform Newsletter keeps you informed on new developments in the cooperation with partners, funding opportunities and other useful information related to the Platform's focus regions. We send out a newsletter on a (bi)monthly basis.


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