LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2022

Shaping the New Normal : Time to Take Stock of Progress

Our 2021 seminar focused on the new Erasmus+ programme period in terms of traineeship mobilities, employability of students in a post-pandemic era, virtual traineeships, digital skills development, and new trends of University – Business collaboration, and more!

Thanks to everyone who joined us and the speakers for an interesting presentations.

 Seminar Program

Date: June 16-17, 2022
Venue: Ghent University
International Relations Office
Het Pand – Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent
Tel +32 (0)9 264 70 02
Contact: info@leo-net.org
+31 4 02 47 43 36
+31 6 51 54 11 68

JUNE 15TH (20.00)



Meet & Greet your students and trainees
Participants can invite their students and trainees, who are at that moment in Ghent or nearby, for a drink offered by LEO-NET and listen to their traineeship experiences in the typical Ghent beer pub ‘De Dulle Griet’  http://www.dullegriet.be/nl/

 JUNE 16TH (09.00 – 21.30)


09:00 –09:30 – Registration


09.30 – 10.00: Opening seminar

     Welcome by Mr. Frederik De Decker, Head of the UGhent International Relations Office
•      Introduction to the seminar by the LEO-NET Board


10.00 – 11.00 – Impact of Erasmus+ placements on Higher Education
•       Mrs. Magda Kirsch (Educonsult)
During this session we will discuss the impact of Erasmus+ placements on the development of competences, further studies and professional careers of the VET and higher education participants. Special attention will be given to discerning variables such as the duration of the placement, the moment when the placement took place (during studies or as recent graduates) and the degree held by the participants. Lastly recommendations will be given to enhance the impact of placements. Some remarkable differences between E+ SMP placements and E+ placements for VET students will be briefly pointed out.


11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break


11.30 – 12.30 – Quality Framework for Traineeships – what makes a good traineeship?
•       Mrs. Shui Beam Lam (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion/Youth Employment)
Traineeships are a common way for young people to gain practical and professional experience before taking up regular jobs. However, various stakeholders have voiced concerns on working conditions of trainees. Therefore, the Commission is carrying out an evaluation of the 2014 Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships. The current quality framework lists 10 quality dimensions, which Mrs. Lam will explain. There will be time for an exchange of views on what a high quality traineeship entails, whether the current quality framework caters for this, and whether there are quality dimensions that may be missing.


12.30 – 13.00 – How Career Services, Career Development and Psychology Consultants join forces to boost the employability of 3rd cycle students
•        Mrs. Fernanda Correia (University of Porto)
As an example of best practice Mrs. Correia will show how the Career Services of the faculties of the University of Porto together with the Career Development Unit and the Work Psychology Consulting Service started a programme capable of promoting the development of employability throughout the life of the students and graduates of the 3rd cycle of studies. The programme is differentiating, including diversity, enhancing uniqueness and promoting the participants autonomy and power to act; while being agile and scalable.


13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch


14.00 – 14.45 Creating a Network for Traineeships in Medical and Health Sciences
•        Mrs. Rosalyn Eder and Mr. Bruno Woeran (Paracelsus Medical university)
Based on experience, students in the field of medicine and other health sciences (broadly defined) face many challenges when looking and applying for traineeships abroad. In this session Mrs. Eger will discuss what these challenges are and possible ways how to overcome them. Specifically the creation of a networking group under LEO-NET will be suggested which will serve as a platform for collaboration on the issues of traineeships for the medical and health sciences field.

14.45 – 15.45 How the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and Hybrid Learning Environments (HLEs) are an ideal combination to foster innovation for education
•        Mrs. Elke van der Valk (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
We all want educational systems to become more innovative and aligned with society, but at the same time we are stuck in those systems because of the existing structures. However there is still hope and more and more universities in the Netherlands are experimenting with HLEs putting societal challenges linked to the SDGs at the basis. Elke will give some insights into their HLE for Circular Transition and let you experience yourself how SDGs can be used as a tool to tackle societal challenges within a HLE.


15.45 – 16.15 – coffee break

16.15 – 17.00 – LEO-NET member meeting


18.30 – 21.30 – Cooking workshop/dinner


JUNE 17TH (09.30 – 15.30)


9:30  – 10:30 – Project idea for a KA2 Application under the ERASMUS+ programme in 2023
Brainstorm session with present Consortia and other interested participants



10.30 – 11.00 – Coffee break


11.00 – 12.30 – Does digital technology make us happier?
•        Mr. Rens van der Vorst (CIMB)
We live in a world full of digital technology, but when does technology make things better? And, more importantly, what do we mean by better? Rens van der Vorst takes you on an insightful, sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious, but always relevant quest for the answer to this important question.



13.00 – 14.00: Lunch /Boat trip


14.30 – 16.00 How to enhance internship mobility for students and graduates with special needs? Time for action!
•        Mrs. Valérie van Hees, Mr.s Nadie Baudry and Mrs. Valerie Mertens (SIHO)
Students with fewer opportunities, like students from more vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds, students with disabilities or a refugee background, are underrepresented in mobility programmes and specifically in internships abroad. As the new Erasmus Programme aims to achieve better inclusiveness in mobility programmes, higher education institutions are in the process of planning and implementing reforms to widen participation of disadvantaged and underrepresented students in mobility programmes. During this interactive workshop session participants will gain in depth insight into the key criteria of inclusive mobility in connection to internships, following a 360° approach in which the needs and expectations of disadvantaged students, university staff and national authorities are highlighted. This workshop is supplemented by frameworks, assessment tools and case studies of good practices that are implementable right away when back at the workplace.

16.00 – 16.45 – Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027: challenges and new opportunities for traineeship mobility
•       Mr. Johannes Gehringer (European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport & Culture / Higher Education)
Mr. Gehringer will take us through the new opportunities in the new Erasmus+ Programme, especially for traineeship mobility. After one year we have experienced the improvements and challenges. This session is a great opportunity for discussion and Q&A’s.


16.45 – 17.00 – Wrap up & Closing



Biography Speakers Seminar 2022



Practical details

Contact:  Leo-Net secretariat   –    info@leo-net.org   –   +31402474336 / +31651541168

Ghent University

International Relations Office
Het Pand  –  Onderbergen 1

B- 9000 Gent                                Tel +32 (0)9 264 70 02

How to get to the meeting venue / UGent IRO?

See the map & route description




Seminar Fees




  Seminar June 16-17
Leo-Net member Early Bird (deadline 22.05.2022) € 425
Leo-Net member € 490
Non Leo-Net member € 625

Seminar fees include:


June 16 17
Lunch X X
Refreshments during seminar X X
Materials X X
Social programme / dinner X  

Please note:


  • Fees do not include accommodation and travel.
  • For participants who decide to become a LEO-NET member at time of their registration the seminar fee for LEO-NET members will be applicable
  • Participants will receive a 20% reduction on their seminar fee if they bring along another colleague from their institution
  • Registration deadline: June 8, 2022
    The seminar has a limited capacity of 45 persons. Registrations will be handled upon  order of receipt.
  • Cancellation policy:
    Till June 8, 2022: € 50 for administrative costs

After June 8, 2022: no refund is applicable

No VAT applicable.



The hotels below are situated in the city centre, within short walking distance from the meeting venue


Pillows Grand Hotel Reylof

Address: Hoogstraat 36, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.pillowshotels.com/ghent/


Tel: +32 9 235 40 70

Email: grandhotelreylof@pillowshotels.com

Ghent Marriott

Address: Korenlei 10, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.marriottghent.com


Tel: +32 9 233 93 93

Email: reservations@marriottghent.com

NH Gent Belfort

Address: Hoogpoort 63, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-gent-belfort


Tel: +32 9 233 33 31

Email: nhgentbelfort@nh-hotels.com

Ghent River hotel

Address: Waaistraat 5, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.ghent-river-hotel.be/en/


Tel: +32 92 66 10 10

Email: info@ghent-river-hotel.be

Hotel de Flandre

Address: Poel 1-2, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.hoteldeflandre.be/en/


Tel: +32 9 266 06 00

Email: info@hoteldeflandre.be

Hotel Harmony

Address: Kraanlei 37, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.hotel-harmony.be/en/


Tel: +32 9 324 26 80

Email: info@hotel-harmony.be


Novotel Gent Centrum

Address: Hoogpoort 52, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0840-novotel-gent-centrum/index.shtml


Tel: +32 9 293 90 02

Email: H0840@accor.com (individual) or H0840-RE@accor.com (group)

Hotel Gravensteen Gent
Address: Jan Breydelstraat 35, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.gravensteen.be/en/


Tel: +32 9 225 11 50

Email: info@gravensteen.be

Hotel Monasterium Poortackere

Address: Oude Houtlei 56, 9000 Gent

Website: https://monasterium.be/en/p/home

: +32 9 269 22 10

Email: info@monasterium.be


Ibis Gent Centrum St-Baafs Kathedraal

Address: Limburgstraat 2, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.accorhotels.com/nl/hotel-0961-ibis-gent-centrum-st-baafs-kathedraal/index.shtml


Tel: +32 9 233 00 00

Email: H0961@accor.com (individual) or H0961-RE@accor.com (group)

Ibis Gent Centrum Opera

Address: Nederkouter 24, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.accorhotels.com/nl/hotel-1455-ibis-gent-centrum-opera/index.shtml


Tel: +32 9 225 07 07

Email: H1455@accor.com (individual) or H1455-RE@accor.com (group)

New hotels

YALO hotel

Address: Brabantdam 33, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.yalohotel.com/en/


Tel: +32 (0) 9 395 92 00

Email: hello@yalohotel.com

B&B HOTEL Gent Centrum

Address: Voldersstraat 17, 9000 Ghent

Website: www.hotel-bb.com/nl/hotel/gent-centrum


Tel: +32 93 96 61 30

Email: gent.centrum@hotelbb.com


Leo-Net warmly welcomes new potential members.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at our next seminars!