Today Ghent University attracts over 41,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 4,000. In 2013, the university invested about 265 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and appointed about 5,800 scientific staff members. Ghent University is the only Belgian university in the top 100 of both the Shanghai (70) and Times ranking (85). The University has participated in more than 200 research projects in the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006) and in 260 projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which 26 ERC grants and 26 Marie Curie Fellowships. Ghent University coordinated 42 collaborative projects in FP7. The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, and awarded around 553 PhD degrees in 2013 of which over 20% went to international young researchers. The university is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects.
The Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics of Ghent University is specialized in computational fluid dynamics and computational fluid-structure interaction. The department has several collaborations with the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN) and NRG (Nuclear Research and consultancy Group), the Netherlands.
The Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM) is an interfaculty research center, rooted in the Faculty of Science as well as in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. It has broad expertise in computational work on i.e. chemical kinetics, spectroscopic properties of solids (i.e. NMR-, EPR- and Raman calculations), ab initio molecular dynamics and classical force fields. These methods are applied to topics in the context of heterogeneous catalysis, conducting polymers, nanoporous materials (zeolites, metal-organic frameworks) and materials science. CMM aims at a close collaboration with experimental partners, in order to exploit the complementarity between theory and experiment. The CMM is currently composed of 35 researchers.
- Jan Vierendeels
- Joris Degroote
- Jeroen De Ridder
- Stefaan Cottenier
- Veronique Van Speybroeck