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Doctoral Schools Office

The Doctoral Schools Office lends support to the Doctoral Schools and its members.

Doctoral Schools Directors

Arts, Humanities and Law

Director: Prof dr Tom Vander Beken
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Universiteitstraat 4
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Prof Dr Bart Cockx
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Sint-Pietersplein 6
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Natural Sciences

Director: Prof Dr Frank Witlox
Faculty of Sciences
Krijgslaan 281 S8
9000 Gent

Council Composition

(Bioscience) Engineering

Prof Dr Ir Paul Van der Meeren

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Life Sciences and Medicine

Director: Prof Dr Patrick Calders
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
C. Heymanslaan 10
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Ombudspersons for doctoral students

Faculty and institutional ombudspersons for doctoral students