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The Steering Group is re-evaluating its mission statement. More information will follow as soon as possible.

Platform Structure

The steering group is the decision-making body of the Russia 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.

  • Chairmen: Prof. Ben Dhooge (Faculty of Arts & Philosophy) and Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt (Faculty of Political & Social Sciences)
  • Coordinator: Mrs. Anna Sashchenko (International Relations Office)
  • 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
  • Researchers from different faculties from Ghent University doing research on Russia
  • Daily management
  • Representatives of the external partners

 Visit Russian Trade Representation @UGent 2014The external partners are:

The platform has links with the Belgian-Russian and Flemish-Russian Chambers of Commerce and with the Russian Trade representation, as well as with FIT (Flanders Investment and Trade).

Expertise on Russia 

You can find an overview of researchers with expertise on Russia.


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