The "mixed-race community" project (Louvain-la-neuve)

Louvain-La-Neuve

The "mixed-race community" project aims to promote the active interaction of students from the South with Belgian students.

It is implemented through a form of mentoring / sponsorship / pairing between a young Belgian and a resident of Placet, an international student from the South.

The idea of the project is based on the observation of the difficulty that international students face in relation to Western learning methodologies, which can be a real obstacle to the success of a university course. The digital gap and exclusion mechanisms (during group work, for example) add to the challenge of academic success.

Alone, the adaptation period is much longer, both from a social and academic point of view. Difficulties in finding an internship may also arise in a host country where one has not had the opportunity to develop a network.

On the other hand, intercultural encounters can be a rich contribution for Belgian students, who may sometimes lack knowledge of the cultures of the South, and who may already have professional projects abroad.

The role of Placet is to facilitate these encounters and to evaluate them.

A first match-up evening has already taken place in October 2020 in collaboration with a "kot à projet", Placet residents and the ARP (Association des Résidents du Placet).

Motivated students met each other and exchanged ideas during the evening, through activities such as "friendly and intercultural speed dating".

At the end of the evening, Belgian/foreign student pairs were formed. The pairing also took place between two students attending the same faculty.

Moments of reunion of the "mixed-race community" will be offered throughout the year, during Placet activities or during more informal meetings.

The project will then be evaluated in June, during the Interculturality Day.