Eat And Meet With Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo

On February 14th 2017, current and past Fulbright grantees met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services Alexander De Croo at his office in Brussels. After introductions, Mr. De Croo summarized his career, talked about his Fulbright experience, and focused on his current work in the changing world of development and the shift in the direction of today’s European political atmosphere.


Discussion topics ranged from farming practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, to how the current US Administration will affect the future of European politics. The Fulbright Commission would like to thank Mr. De Croo for his hospitality and interesting conversation, and hope for more connections at future “Meet and Greets”!

Visit of the Hergé Museum and guided tour of Louvain-la-Neuve

Sunday 29 january 2012, PM

With the first Tintin movie still running in many theaters, it is the perfect time for a visit to the Herge museum in Louvain-La-Neuve. An English-speaking guide will introduce us to Tintin’s creator and his works on display.

Since many will not be familiar with the city either, we will start the afternoon with a guided city walk.

Practical information:
Place: Louvain-la-Neuve
Time:  Sunday 29 january 2012,
The group will meet at 13h30 in the galleries de Halles just above the railway station in front of the “Office du Tourisme-Inforville” (Place de l’Université 1, Galerie des Halles, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuveat), The guided tour of the city starts at 14h sharp. End of the Hergé museum visit planned at the latest at 18h.

Getting there:
Since we will start and end the visit at or near the train station, we encourage you to take the train. For those preferring other modes of transportation, please refer to the following overview:

Cost: 11 EUR per person to be paid on the FAAB account BE79 2100 0848 5633 by January 15th.
Maximum size of the group is 25, so enroll early!
For additional information and reservation, please contact Gilles Moreau  (email: / Phone: +32 475 37 10 57 (in the evening))

Background information:
The youngest of our cities, Louvain-la-Neuve is a tourist center in itself and is known throughout the world thanks to the renown of its University.

Created in a space among fields, Louvain-la-Neuve is more than a university campus.  It is a new city with winding alleys, and squares of all sizes offering places for meeting and dialogue.  Its unique architecture, a mix of middle age influences and modern materials, and its design…it all has a story !

Hergé Museum
On the outskirts of the wood “Bois de la Source”, is a prism with large glass bays that holds a colorful world at the doors of Louvain-la-Neuve. The museum dedicated to Hergé was envisioned and designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc. With each step, you penetrate to the heart of creation, imagination and dreams.

Discover the creator of Tintin, his life and work, like you would never have imagined. Discover a manifold, diverse, monumental and largely unknown body of work.  Meet Hergé, the illustrator. Hergé, the advertising designer. Hergé, a 20th century hero.

Permanent or themed exhibits in nine rooms of varied sceneries await you to follow the path of Tintin and Hergé’s other characters through drawings, original boards, film abstracts, model objects and photos.

Visitors all say the same thing: the Hergé Museum  is  a  moving experience. Grandparents relive the childhood moment when they came across their first Tintin book. Young ones are reminded of their parents’ voices, recounting Tintin’s fabulous adventures as bedtime stories. These priceless moments, passed down from generation to generation, are vividly evoked within the setting of the exhibits.

All visitors agree: the Hergé Museum is full of surprises and there is plenty to discover. Although The Adventures of Tintin are a major feature, there is much more to find out about Hergé the illustrator, Hergé the graphic designer and Hergé the chronicler of the twentieth century.

Eight exhibition galleries, while all unique in their own right, nonetheless complement each other perfectly. Original drawings
[rotated every four months], models, films, visual experiences… Comedy, history, science and art all come together to make for an unforgettable experience.There is something for everybody at the Hergé Museum.

Come and find out about one of the most important artists of the last century. Learn about his life and work through an intimate portrait of the man behind the myth.

Visit the unique building conceived by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, winner of the Pritzker Prize 1994, the most prestigious accolade in international architecture.

National Event 2011

Let’s have a great day with our families!

Sunday, May 22nd

This year the National Event will be held in the east of Flanders, in Limburg.

Participants will meet at the C-Mine in Genk at 10:00 a.m. The Commission will provide a bus that will leave the Gare Centrale/Centraal Station in Brussels at 8:30 a.m

Chapter Limburg kindly invites you to the Fulbright National Event. Limburg is the easternmost province of  Flanders and is located west of the Maas river. It has an area of 2,414 km² and contains 44 municipalities. Its capital is Hasselt, which is an educational center with a university called UHasselt. Genk is one of the economical centers of the province.

For a long time, Limburg was a socio-economically deprived area.  After André Dumont (1847 – 1920) discovered the first coal in As in 1901, Limburg changed forever. The central part developed into the Mining Region. The last of the seven collieries opened in 1938. After World War II, 44,000 coal miners worked at the collieries – immigrants were attracted to come and work here as well. The rise of oil in the fifties and structural economic problems resulted in the coal mining crisis. In 1966, the first mine was closed and in 1992 coal mining had stopped altogether.  The mining districts now have a multicultural atmosphere with pleasant streets lined with Mediterranean restaurants and houses of prayer.

During our national event we offer you a glance at the way the miners lived and worked, and how the coal mining business had/still has a big impact on Limburg and its development. In the afternoon we’ll visit an old coal mine; it’s a simulation – but it gives an impression of what work in a coal mine was really like ! The tour is exciting for young & old – moreover, it’s accessible for all.

10.00: visit of C-Mine (Genk), the former coal mine site in Winterslag. C-Mine is a beautiful example of industrial heritage; it promotes culture and creativity
10.50: visit of the Mine-depot
on the former coal mine site in Waterschei. Ex-coal mine workers themselves have built an exhibition there that gives an overview of the coal mining history, their life and working conditions in the mines
11.30: visit of the “Cité of Waterschei”
: a residential garden city in English cottage style; it shows a very typical way of accommodation of the miners and the prestigious mine infrastructure, mixed with green oases and facilities
12.15 : lunch in the Italian club: ‘Casa Papa Giovanni’
in Winterslag, prepared by Italian immigrants
14.00 : visit to the Ukrainian-Orthodox church

14.45: transport to Beringen
15.15: visit of an underground coal mine

16.30: end of the visit; return to Brussels via Genk.

Price: (excluding drinks at lunch time:) € 30 per person – children (under the age of 12): € 20

For the afternoon visit to the underground coal mine, be sure to bring along some warm clothes!

Please note that no other invitation will be sent.

Please reply by postal mail using the reply form or by email:

Deadline for registration: May 6th

It would be fabulous to have you and your family at this great event!  We count on you.

Cheers !

Ms. Renilde Reynders

Chapter Limburg-Leuven