About the IC


Luk Bouters, Dean Artevelde Hogeschool, Gent, Belgium Chairman of the IC

The International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management (IC) is an informal network of about one hundred members from all over the world. It was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1957 by a few mid-European universities for printing technology. Since June 2016, Luk Bouters, Dean of the Artevelehogeschool Gent, Belgium, acts as the president of the IC.

During the more than 50 years of its existence, the IC has grown far beyond its beginnings, scientifically as well as in terms of its international extension; its member universities now are scattered all over the world. The main focus of the ICís work remains in the field of the graphic arts industry; most of its members, however, have added the electronic media to their portfolios, just as the corresponding industries have done. They provide scientific, engineering, and economic education which qualifies their students for leading positions in the media industries.

With its annual conferences, smaller events in between, its website and its emerging scientific journal, the IC offers a wide platform for the exchange of ideas about scientific issues within its field as well as about the structure and content of the respective education. It fosters all forms of cooperation between its members in the field of education and research.

Information about an institutionís special orientation, its main focus in education and research, is important for educators and researchers as well as for future students. It does not only help in the search for professional partners, but also in organising studies and internships abroad, mapping out field trips, and much more.

The IC seeks close cooperation with its industry. Widespread links with the printing industry and its suppliers guarantee the practical relevance of the education provided, which is of great importance to all IC member institutions.

The IC is interested in the active participation of all its colleagues and asks them to introduce new ideas. Please do approach us.

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