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Depending on the COVID regulations of the Belgian government, IEC hopes to host in-person classes in 2021-2022.  Students are required to live in Belgium and be available for our Introduction Days before 17 September.    


 In the words of the great Dutch footballer, Clarence Seedorf, Education is the key solution for change, for peace, and for help in the fight against racism and discrimination in general. This Post-graduate certificate programme is called “International Educating Class” (PIEC) and aspires to positively and sustainably change the world for the better.  The programme is not just for educators, but  for everyone who is committed to become a changemaker, a peacebuilder and a true global citizen.

Education is fundamental for a positive and humane transition into the future and for development that is sustainable. Hence, this Postgraduate aims to actively contribute to the realization of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly SDG4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The courses support you in building lasting professional and personal capacities to be successful in life, in work and to become the change needed in the world today. You will enhance your English language skills, but also specific skills sets like self-reflection, critical-thinking and creative problem-solving, communication and understanding the implications of technology and media, intercultural collaboration,  entrepreneurship, leadership, …  Each semester you embark upon your journey as a class, developing empathy and understanding for other perspectives and cultures, but also lasting and lifelong friendships and networks.  


ACCORDING TO Aarthi, now phD student in NEW ZEALAND, "PIEC prepares you to be a future leader that inspires the next generation"


Admission and requirements

Based on UNESCO inspired values, the IEC programme offers:

  • immersion into capacity building, empowerment, human rights, cultural awareness, appreciative inquiry, academic communication, strategic scenario planning, global citizenship education, project cycle management, …
  • project-based collaborative group work where students from differing cultures and backgrounds work together towards a common goal
  • Based on UNESCO’s learning objectives for sustainable development education, the programme supports you to become an agent for positive social change and peace, while stimulating the building of capacities you will need to be successful in life and work
  • an officially recognized certificate by both the Flemish Ministry of Education and UNESCO. The certificate provides you with an important edge when applying to other institutions of higher education and for employment. The certificate does not lead directly, however, to a teaching certificate or another degree.

In non-COVID times, students may visit important international institutions like the International Court of Justice in the Hague;  the Headquarters of UNESCO, IIEP and the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris as well as international institutions in Belgium.

dynamic and flexible one or two semester programme

This one-year English-language 60 ECTS credit programme is divided into two (2) semesters of 30 ECTS credits each. You can follow these semester programmes separately or together as a whole. You can begin either in the Fall or Spring.

FALL programme (Sept-Jan): Entrepreneurial Education for Change

SPRING programmme (Feb-June): Learning for a Sustainable Future


By bringing together students from both low and high income countries as equals, IEC students learn to work together towards a common goal: the creation of peace in the minds of men and women today. Building skills and forming collaborative friendships with students from differing socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds are small, yet important steps towards that larger goal.

Dr. Melanie J. van Oort – Hall, lecturer Scenarios for Living in 2060

leyre explains how piec was a life-changing experience for her

Check out more testimonial videos on our youtube playlist


inspired by unesco

The programme is officially recognized by the Flemish Ministry of Education in Belgium and supported by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization). IEC shares UNESCO’s commitment to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education, the realization of everyone’s right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.  Inspired by and based on UNESCO’s Four Pillars of Education (Learning to know, Learning to be, Learning to do and Learning to live together), the International Educating Class is a future-oriented programme for sustainable development education that leads to greater personal and professional growth. We are committed to the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Together we learn about and educate for a sustainable future.