Inclusive organisation

As an inclusive organisation, Hasselt University constantly works to enhance access to higher education, increase educational opportunities, and make all students and staff feel at home.

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A strong commitment for gender and inclusion

The decision to define inclusion as one of its four main priorities highlights Hasselt University's unrelenting commitment to gender and inclusion. In the past few years, several initiatives were taken:

  • In 2014, Hasselt University developed its ‘Gender Policy Plan’ (in Dutch and English) with measures regarding corporate culture, inflow and professional growth of academic staff, and work-life balance. Currently, the ‘Gender Policy Plan’ is under construction, an update will be published soon.

  • UHasselt is a co-signatory of the Gender in Academia Charter(2019), spearheaded by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) and the Young Academy. With the Charter, Flemish universities renew their commitment to gender equality.

  • In 2021, UHasselt launched a hotline for transgressive behaviour. All staff can report – in full confidence – transgressive behaviour by a student, co-worker or visitor.

Gender in Academia Charter

Hotline for transgressive behaviour

Inclusion Committee

To foster a more inclusive organisation, UHasselt established a steering committee with representatives and experts from central services and Faculties. The so-called Inclusion Committee formulates strategic and operational policy. It is mandated to align the ‘UHasselt Gender Policy Plan’ and all policy relating to gender and diversity issues – in education, research, internationalisation, human resources, etc. – with the overarching strategy of UHasselt. It also advises the University on potential measures and monitors the indicators intended.

Inclusivity Award

At the start of the academic year, Hasselt University and Het Belang van Limburg hand out the Inclusivity Award to an extraordinary individual or group committed to advancing inclusion at UHasselt.

The award wants to provide a tailwind to initiatives set up by UHasselt students, alumni and staff that enhance higher education participation of disadvantaged youth. The winner receives a cheque of 1,500 euros. Are you committed to advancing inclusion at Hasselt University? Or do you know someone who is? Nominate yourself or that person/group for the Inclusivity Award! Stay tuned for more information on the Inclusivity Award 2022.

List of honorees

  • 2021
    Ömer Sercik, Young Phys-X-Academy (Faculty of Sciences)

  • 2020
    Joint Organisation of Statistic Scholars, JOSS (Data Science Institute)

In 2020, the 'Diversity Award' was changed into the 'Inclusivity Award'.

  • 2019
    Lousin Moumdjian (Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences)

  • 2018
    Assia Tiane (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2017
    Narjes Madhloum (Centre for Environmental Sciences)

  • 2016
    Abdullah Aydogan (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2015 
    Mehmet Keskin (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2014
    Hatice Genc (Faculty of Law)

  • 2013
    Imane Tiane (Faculty of Business Economics)

  • 2012
    Mayeen Bin Saad (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2011
    Emmel Farah (Faculty of Business Economics)

  • 2010
    Samira Hijjit (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2009
    Chahouri Lahcen (Faculty of Business Economics)

  • 2008
    Business Economics Buddies (Faculty of Business Economics)

  • 2007
    Halit Topal (Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences)

  • 2006
    Ugur Yilderim (Faculty of Business Economics)