My name is Piet Van Hove. I started working in internationalisation of higher education in 1995, straight out of law school. I loved it. Since 2005 I am the Head of the International Office at the University of Antwerp.
My first Annual Conference was Stockholm 1998, but my deep personal involvement with the EAIE came with the 2008 conference in Antwerp, which was the last time the conference was hosted on a university campus. It was an incredible challenge, with years of intense preparations, but also hugely rewarding. In the following years I joined the EAIE leadership as member of the IRM Board and later the General Council and got to know the inner workings of the Association. More recently, I have built up strong experience in governance of other non-profits, serving as board member of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and the NGO Apopo (‘training rats to save lives’), as well as 6 years as President of Flanders Knowledge Area (internationalization agency serving Flemish higher education). I believe my strength is in analysing situations, finding out not only what different people want, but also what’s really driving them. In Belgium ‘compromise’ is not a negative term, but rather an art form… I enjoy being a bridge builder, mostly because I feel deep respect and awe for all of the incredible dedication and smartness I see in our field every day.
My ambition is to make the EAIE more inclusive, more excellent, more collaborative and more innovative. Today’s EAIE is a very successful Association. With success and prominence comes great responsibility, both to our members and to our sector as a whole. We need to keep innovating and stay self-critical in order to remain the best Association we can be. I am ready to serve as your next Vice-President.