Job Vacancy - Rector

The College of Europe invites applications for the position of Rector.  He or she will succeed the present Rector, Professor Jörg Monar, whose second mandate will end in August 2020.

The College of Europe is a postgraduate institute of European studies founded in 1949 in the wake of the first Congress of the European Movement held in The Hague in 1948.  The College benefits from the support of the European Union, the Belgian federal government, the Polish government, the Flemish authorities, the City of Bruges and from many European countries and regions, as well as from a number of private sector partners. Its truly European and international character is reflected in its faculty, student body and administrative organs.  The College consists of two campuses, one in Bruges (Belgium), the other in Natolin (Warsaw-Poland). Further information on the College of Europe and its legal status can be found at

The Rector holds the overall academic and administrative responsibility for the College as a whole and is assisted by a Vice-Rector who assures the daily administrative management of the Natolin (Warsaw) campus. He or she is committed to further the objectives and traditions of the College, as outlined in the statutes. He or she reports directly to the President of the Administrative Council, currently Mr Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, as from November 2019 Mr Herman Van Rompuy.

Candidates must have the nationality of a European country and should demonstrate substantial academic qualities in the field of European studies, a proven experience of the administration and management of an academic structure of some complexity, and should be able to combine the pursuit of academic excellence at international level with sound budgetary management.

The rectorship is a full-time position, which excludes the pursuit of any other professional activity or academic affiliation. It requires permanent residence in Bruges and a regular presence in Natolin.  Full knowledge of the two working languages of the College, English and French, is required.

The appointment is for five years, renewable once, starting on the 1st  of September 2020.  The employment contract falls under Belgian law.

Accommodation is provided both in Bruges and Natolin.

Before taking up his or her appointment, the new Rector is expected to be available to liaise with the current Rector in order to become familiar with College matters.

Applications for the position should be made by e-mail to :

Mr Íñigo Méndez de Vigo
President of the Administrative Council
c/o Ms Ann Verlinde

by Monday 30 September 2019. A detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and the names of two referees should be included. Interviews of the shortlisted candidates are scheduled to take place on the 27 November 2019.

Information about the governance and the status of the College can be obtained from Mrs Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka (, Vice-Rector. Further particulars about employment and accommodation conditions can be obtained from Mr Jan De Mondt (, Director of Administration and Finance or Mrs Angela O’Neill (, Director of Communications.