Wednesday, 15 november 2023 from 10:30 – 12:00 CET
This training session will be offered hybrid
Students from all faculties
VIVES University of Applied Sciences
Joke Calcoen is a dedicated professional with a career in education and research. Before joining VIVES University of Applied Sciences, she worked as a quality manager in the food industry. Currently, she serves as the Coordinator for Internationalisation in Agro- and Biotechnology at VIVES. Her work experience in higher education includes roles as an educator and researcher, specializing in the fields of Food and Environmental Technologies. Joke holds a degree in Bio-Engineering and has actively participated in various international programs to enhance her global competence. In recent years, Joke has also been employed as an Auditor for VOKA’s Sustainable Business Charter.
Lies Verstraete graduated as a Geographer from the University of Ghent, after which she started an additional study in Conflict and Development. After a career start as a Geography teacher in various secondary schools in Belgium and later a Geography, History and Dutch teacher and a Mother Tongue coordinator at different international schools in Shanghai, Lies joined VIVES University of Applied Sciences in 2013 as a lecturer in Geography Education at the teacher training department. Since 2017, she has been working as a policy officer in the Global Engagement Office, where she focuses on Global Engagement, the Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainability, global learning and global citizenship in higher education. She teaches ‘Global Sustainability and Engagement’ to both exchange and VIVES students and coaches students through their ‘Global Engagement track’.
The beginning of the 21st century is characterised by rapid change and profound societal challenges. The complexity of the world has increased exponentially, and political, economic, and sociocultural developments can at present only be analysed and understood in a global context. To address those challenges and seize the accompanying opportunities, the UN General Assembly formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These 17 Global Goals aim to commit everyone to initiatives and decisions needed to put our planet and society back on a sustainable path.
Through an increasing focus on sustainable entrepreneurship and a commitment to innovative business approaches that respond to today’s challenges with tomorrow’s problems in mind, entrepreneurs play a key role in contributing to Agenda 2030 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this lecture, in addition to a broad view on Global Sustainability, we aim to explore the interaction between entrepreneurship and the Sustainable Development Goals, using inspiring good practices from a Belgium.
This training session will be offered hybrid. You can join the training on the campus in Bruges or participat online.