Dalton State Belgian Universities Sign Letters of Intent


Students of Dalton State College may soon have expanded opportunities for international study following the Wednesday morning signing of Letters of Intent between the President of Dalton State and representatives of two Belgian universities.

The letters, according to DSC President Dr. John O. Schwenn, indicate a mutual desire to explore opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between Dalton State and Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel and Erasmus University College, both located in Brussels.

“We sign these letters in an effort to promote mutual understanding and friendship, and to develop educational and technical interchange,” Dr. Schwenn said.

Possible interchanges could include student exchanges and internships, faculty exchanges for teaching and research, exchange of educational materials and information through the libraries of the various institutions and exchanges of administrative personnel, according to Dr. Baogang Guo, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Dalton State’s Center for International Education.

The meeting of administrators from all three colleges was arranged by Dr. Jef Valkeniers, Honorary Mayor of Dilbeek, Belgium, with whom Dalton has had a Sister City relationship for 25 years.

Representing the Belgian colleges were Ann Langenakens, Dean of Education, for Erasmus University College, and Ingeborg Vandenbulcke, head of the Center for Internationalization and Projects, and Stefaan Debrabandere, Liaison Officer, International Relations School of Commerce, both of Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel.

Erasmus University serves 5,000 students at six locations throughout Brussels and includes a vibrant arts program in addition to professional and academic programs. Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), located in the city center of Brussels, serves nearly 7,000 students with its programs, most concentrating in economics and business.