Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate HR event : 'International knowledge workers: how to attract, engage and keep them'

Establishing Leuven as a top working and living environment for international talent

Leuven is one of Europe’s premier regions for innovation and entrepreneurship. Its hospitals, internationally renowned knowledge centers, bio-incubators, spin-offs and its creative sector make it a strong player in the fields of health care, high-tech and creativity.
To keep this position, we should grow Leuven into a permanent magnet for innovative companies and top talent. That is one of the key goals of the new Leuven MindGate initiative.

In this seminar, the speakers will discuss the People-aspect of Leuven MindGate and give you insights on:

  • The needs of the international employees and their families when relocating

  • The practices implemented by companies, organizations and public services aimed at international citizens and employees

  • What companies and public services can do to grow Leuven into a top living and working environment

These insights are based upon a detailed survey carried out by Leuven MindGate.

Practical aspects

Date: Friday 14 October 2016  (13h30 - 17h00)
Location: Vlaams Administratief Centrum (VAC), Dirk Bouts Auditorium, Diestsepoort 6, 3000 Leuven; public transport and parking facilities nearby


13h30: Registration participants
14h00: Introduction: International talent - a challenge for the region and its organizations
Hubert De Neve, Executive Vice-President HR imec
14h10: The needs of international talent when relocating to and integrating in a new environment
Deb Vansteenwegen, Head of HR Management Senior Academic Staff, KU Leuven
14h30: Testimonial of an employee
14h40: Practices of the city and organizations in Leuven region to support international workers
Eve Sermon, HR talent specialist imec
15h00: Testimonial of an employer
15h10: Coffee break
15h40: Towards a top-level working and living environment: recommendations to companies and authorities
Hubert De Neve, Executive Vice-President HR imec
16h10: International House Copenhagen: a success story
Michael Ryan Andersen, Team Leader at International House Copenhagen, Denmark
16h40: Closing remarks
Mohamed Ridouani, Deputy Mayor of the city of Leuven
16h50: Networking drink

Participation fee

  • 120 euro (ex. VAT): members Leuven MindGate, Leuven.Inc and HR Square
  • 180 euro (ex. VAT): all others

This fee will include the whitepaper with the results of the survey.

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Organisated and coordinated by Leuven.Inc as part of Leuven MindGate
Supported  by: HR Square


Registrations by Wednesday 5 October at the latest, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.

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