Bruges campus updates

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the College of Europe in Bruges has successfully switched to an adapted way of working and living, on and off campus. Altogether, academic staff, college administration, catering and housekeeping staff and, last but not least, the students have made a huge effort to face a new, challenging reality.  You can find an overview of 11 things the College has done in the face of COVID-19 HERE.

Over the past nine very demanding months, since March 2020, the true College spirit of standing together and taking care of each other was shown in the most heart-warming ways and we are proud to see the flexibility, perseverance and motivation of everyone involved. By leaning on our basic values, we were able to continue our activities successfully and to prepare and organize a new academic year 2020/2021 for the students of the Mário Soares Promotion.

As we all know Europe, and Belgium in particular, is facing a very acute second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. New measures are being taken in all European countries, including Belgium. To adapt to the new measures that were introduced at the end of October, and to protect the health of us all in the best possible manner, we have again switched to fully online teaching for all courses and telework for all staff, with the only exception of those whose functions cannot be carried out remotely (catering, housekeeping, technical services, reception and library). 

To keep you up to date, we have compiled here a comprehensive overview of the current situation on our Bruges campus, showing our recent activities, events and initiatives. Needless to say, we will carry on taking all the necessary precautions to reduce all potential risks to the health, safety and well-being of the College community.  And of course, we will continue our creative approach in order to keep the dynamic College of Europe engine running. 

The College of Europe Talks

On Monday 9 November, Ms Federica MOGHERINI, Rector of the College of Europe, launched a new series of online conversations The College of Europe Talks between prominent guests and students of the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin). The recordings of these live-streams are available on our website.

Tailor-made and executive training courses delivered online and in Bruges

We remain entirely committed to offering our services while ensuring at the same time the health, safety, and well-being of our community. For this reason, six out of our seven executive training courses in summer will be delivered online. The Intensive Seminar on the EU will take place in a face-to-face format in Bruges, fully complying with the government’s COVID-19 recommendations and measure. Should you like to explore tailor-made online solutions or should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We remain available by email at info.development [at]

Student events


Conferences & lectures

Building a pan-European Digital Wealth Manager: ECO Students welcome François DERBAIX (Indexa Capital) for a talk

On Friday 5 February 2021, Professor Mikel AYALA, as part of his course "FinTech and the Transformation of the Digital Services", invited François DERBAIX, Co-founder & Co-CEO of Indexa Capital, to talk with the students about entrepreneurship, innovation, start-up investing and regulation while sharing his experience building Indexa Capital, a leading European digital wealth manager.


16th Annual Conference of the GCLC: Ex post assessment of European competition enforcement 

The Global Competition Law Centre is pleased to invite you to the 16th Annual Conference, entitled: "Ex post assessment of European competition enforcement: Did agency intervention restore competition in the market?".

The event will run online over three consecutive Fridays:
 29 January – 5 February – 12 February 2021


High-level Interdisciplinary Conference on the Future of Europe

The European Legal Studies Department and the European Political and Governance Studies Department of the College of Europe, together with the European Law Journal, organised a High-Level Interdisciplinary Conference on THE FUTURE OF EUROPE. It took place fully online on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January 2021.

MIND THE GAP! Final Conference of the Simulation Game (POL)

On Wednesday 27 January 2021, the Department of European Political and Governance Studies (POL) organized the Final conference of the Simulation Game, for which key players involved in the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Directive have been invited. Addressed to POL students only, the conference will be held on Webex.



Rector's activities

Rector MOGHERINI contributes to panel on securing the inclusion of women in the Afghan peace process

Rector Federica MOGHERINI spoke on the role of the EU in supporting women's rights at a panel discussion on securing the inclusion of women in the Afghan peace process, on 9 February 2021

Live conversation at Leangkollen Security Conference

On Monday, 1 February 2021, Rector MOGHERINI participates in the Leangkollen Security Conference on "Security Towards 2030: Adapting to New Realities", hosted by The Norwegian Atlantic Committee. In two morning sessions, the conference addresses the broad and complex security landscape that the transatlantic alliance is now facing. 


Rector MOGHERINI participates in Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum

On 28 January 2021 (16:00 CET), Rector MOGHERINI participates in an online event on "Reinventing Leadership in the Transatlantic Relationship" organised by the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Rector MOGHERINI gives keynote speech at Korea Europe Center, FU Berlin 

With her keynote speech on "The Future of Transatlantic Relations and the EU's Role in Asia under the Biden Presidency", Rector MOGHERINI opened the Human Security and Development Forum Series 2021 at the Korea Europe Center (Freie Universität Berlin) on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.

Rector MOGHERINI meets with the Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute

On 14 January 2021, Rector Federica MOGHERINI had a meeting with Dr Lililana TUROIU, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI), to discuss possible ways of cooperation in the field of scholarships and a prize for students, linked to academic work. 


More news from the Rector's Office

11 things the College community has done in the face of COVID-19

College of Europe alumni well represented in the EU Brussels bubble

VBO/FEB extends Herman VAN ROMPUY scholarship