About the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS)

Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) is one of the five research units of the Department of Political Science of Ghent University.

It is the foremost academic center of education and scholarship in international affairs in Flanders (Belgium). We prepare our students for a wide range of careers, in the private sector and in public service.

The Institute's distinctive educational approach emphasizes the marriage between political science and history, since 'History without political science has no fruit, and political science without history has no root' - according to Sir John Seeley, first Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge in the nineteenth century.

In line with the adagio of Ghent University researchers at GIIS strongly adhere to the principle of critical thinking. A critical approach is therefore the second pillar of our educational approach.