Business and Economics

International Week on Sustainability

24 - 28 March 2025

Mission and objective

The mission of the Faculty of Business and Economics includes the strong international orientation of our educational and research activities. The course 'International Week on Sustainability' or I-Week was introduced in 2014 to embed international exposure into the curriculum of the Bachelor of Applied Economics: Business Economics and has since grown into a faculty-wide course, being incorporated in the curricula of our Bachelor of Economic Policy, Bachelor of Business Engineering, Bachelor of Business Engineering: Management Information Systems and Bachelor of Social-Economic Sciences.

During the I-week, students:

  1. interact with professionals and academics about economic, ecological and ethical sustainability;
  2. listen to a debate on sustainability, held by CEOs from international companies;
  3. analyze a current sustainability issue through group work with other international students;
  4. create and present a poster that summarizes the analyzed issue;
  5. meet students from all around the world;
  6. improve their language and intercultural skills.

I-Week in a nutshell

Programme and participants

The course consists of 5 intense days of presentations, discussions and workshops during which students are exposed to international academics, sustainability experts and CEOs. To get the most out of the I-week, 3 preparatory sessions are organized online in the weeks before the I-week. The I-Week takes place in a hybrid learning environment: it can be followed online, in class or both.

The first hybrid edition in 2022 made it possible to become even more international than before, with speakers and students with over 30 different nationalities from 5 different continents. The 2024 edition welcomed 402 participants from 32 different nationalities and 5 different continents. For this edition, we also had the honour of working together with 44 partner universities.

Speakers 2024

The 2024 edition included speakers such as Ekaterina Ivanova, Guido De Wilde, Ian Williamson, Jan Jonker, Orsolya Diofasi, Wouter Ghyoot, Antoine Lebrun, Kavita Hamza, Philippe Weiler, Shawn Theunissen, Gilke Eeckhoudt, Natalia Soebagjo, Christudas Karayil Victor, Martin Dinter, Lebone Nkhumeleni, Elizabeth Abba, Abhimanyu Sahoo, Peter Verhezen, Luc Van Liedekerke, and many more.

"Sustainability (ESG) beyond Woke and Compliance"

a blogpost by professors Peter Verhezen and Luc Van Liedekerke

The I-week is an innovative way to embed international perspectives and a focus on sustainability into the students' curriculum.

Aftermovie 10the edition of I-Week

This was the interdisciplinary day 2024

Honorary mentions: best presentations of 2024

Here are the 6 best presentations of the 2024 I-week edition. Congratulations to all students!

'Davines' Group

  • Professor: Ekaterina Ivanova
  • Students: Axelle Bauwens, Roman Bertels, Eline De Winter, Noor Irfan, Kılıç Mehmet Eren, Zhen Xu

Group 'DHL'

  • Professor: Orsolya Diófási-Kovács 
  • Students: Kars Ahmet Kutluğ Alperen, Jasper Goossens, Nathan Halsberghe, Davit Makharadze, Yusei Nakatsuka, Natalya Van den Poel

Groep 'Lego'

  • Professor: Philippe Nimmegeers 
  • Students: Wannes Jacobs, Xénobia Janssens, Danila Spiridonov, Roos Van Reeth, Liv-Inga Wolter

Group 'Blackrock'

  • Professor: Peter Verhezen 
  • Students: Shamishka Chetty, Sam Hillewaert, Polina Kanevskaya, Francisca Mellado, Lara Meyers, Vincent Moens

Group 'AB InBev'

  • Professor: Kavita Hamza 
  • Students: Deboshree Roy, Callumn Sanglier, Victor Schillebeeckx, Margaux Swinnen, Alexandra Volkova, Zabeth Wessels

Group 'Facebook Meta'

  • Professor: Luc Van Liedekerke 
  • Students: Nompumelelo Cira, Theodore Philbert Farnaldo Lussy, Deepanwita Roy Choudhury, Mathias Sebrechts, Louis Stam, Emma Van Puyvelde