International Training Programs on INFORMATION

University Library - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in co-operation with KULeuven and UA,
co-ordinated by VLIR-UOS


Aims of the International Training Programs on "INFORMATION"

The primary aims are: 

International Training Programs organized

Several programs related to INFORMATION have been organised up to now and will probably be organised in the future.

Organised, approved/supported by VL.I.R., the Flemish Inter-university Council, and sponsored by the Belgian Government (more specifically by ABOS/BADC) (with a contribution by Unesco-IHP):

MIST 1, 1991

An international training program on the Management of Information in Science and Technology.

In the area of Belgium where most of the course activities take place, Dutch is spoken, and in that language "mist" means "fog", as it does in English. Of course the aim of the training course is to clear the fog and obscurity which often covers this strange phenomenon named "information".

MIST 2, 1994

MIST 3, Winter 1995-1996

KNOW-HOW, Winter 1997-1998

An international training program on "Knowledge Organization for Water-sciences - Hydrology, Oceanography, Water-resources management".

This program was aimed at information intermediaries in the area of water-related science and technology. The name refers generally to the need to use, manage and exploit existing "know-how" (information) as well as possible.

Proposed by University Library - Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in co-operation with K.U.L. and the interuniversity postgraduate study program in Information and library science, approved/supported by VL.I.R., and sponsored by the Belgian Government (DGIS):


Scientific and Technological Information Management in Universities and Libraries:
an Active Training Environment

This initiative is aimed at academic professionals working in universities and libraries, including of course university libraries.

The following are some examples of what participants have written about their experience:

"Reception upon arrival was very good"

"STIMULATE should be sustained since it is one of the best international training programs for information professionals from developing countries."

"I can't forget you or Belgium in my life. It was a very great experience in Europe. I earned something for my knowledge. All the professors were very kind to us. I found a good country with better people. Thank you very much for doing such a very great help for me."










STIMULATE 10, 2010

Lib@Web, October November December 2011

More recent training programs named Lib @ Web have been organized at University of Antwerp.

Spontaneous comments:

"I really would like to see another colleague of mine be part of STIMULATE because it was for me a very life enriching experience not only as an information professional but also as a student who was given the chance to learn from world class professors. Until now, I can very well remember and apply the things I have learned during my three months training there in Brussels, it has given me the edge and the confidence. I also got to teaching part time now at the UP Institute of Library and Information Science, a position offered to me after I return from my training."  <>

"I have interacted with a number of librarians in Africa who have attended this course and they all concur among the many library courses they have attended no course beats STIMULATE in terms of content and relevance to contemporary library practice."
Paul Ssemwanga
University Librarian
The Aga Khan University Uganda
Advanced Nursing Studies Program
P.O. Box 8842 Kampala




Comment by a participant to ITP-STIMULATE 9:

"I am very grateful to the STIMULATE authority for selecting me as a participant this time. I am obliged to all the faculty members who helped us in the last three months to explore more information on knowledge management. We are very lucky to have such experienced & learned teachers.

My interest in Librarianship and lack of proper training in my country motivated me to apply for STIMULATE9. The training is completely in English with full scholarship and these facts encouraged me more to apply for it.

It's been a well structured updated training curriculum with an orientation towards the expanding cross-disciplinary area of knowledge organization and knowledge management.  The teaching methods and training curriculum is well thought-out. I believe that the training will broaden my professional knowledge in other areas besides librarianship.

I am sure that what I have learnt in this program both theory and practical aspects of librarianship would make me a better professional in my area of specialization in my organization. All the participants were very friendly and helpful. I have made some good friends here and I have learned a lot of things from them.

Besides, participating in the 30th IATUL Conference, I take it as an opportunity to meet people from around the world and get some input that I might not get from any ordinary training. Being a scholar in an international training program I came to know more about how the field is considered in other countries.  I think it is important to know about other countries, their culture and how they do the same thing in different ways.

My experience in Brussels is unforgettable. The weather was nice. It's expensive to live in Belgium but it is always a good learning experience to do training in the capital of Europe.  What I like most is the greenness, the public transportation/communication system, the parks and the fact that Brussels is a multi-cultural city."

Momena Khatun
Stimulate 9
International Jute Study Group (IJSG)
145, Monipuripara, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215



Teachers / lecturers / contributors

It has been pleasure to have more than 50 teachers / lecturers / professors / contributors with a high level of expertise and with varied intellectual and geographical backgrounds. 

Most work at our university and in other institutes or private companies in Belgium, and several came from other countries: 


Participants can be supported with a travel grant, if they work in one of the countries in the list that is regularly updated and available through the WWW site of VLIR-IUC.

Countries of participants to the past training courses up to 2003: 
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados (1)
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon (2)
  • China (3)
  • Cuba (1)
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt (2)
  • Eritrea (1)
  • Ethiopia (2)
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Jordan (2)
  • Kenya (many)
  • Korea
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Morocco
  • Mauritius (1)
  • Mongolia (1)
  • Namibia (1)
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria (1)
  • Palestine Authority
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles (2)
  • Slovenia (1)
  • South-Africa
  • Sri-Lanka (1)
  • Sudan (1)
  • Swaziland (1)
  • Tanzania (many)
  • Thailand
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam (many)
  • Zambia (2)
  • Zimbabwe

Countries from which participants up to STIMULATE 1 have come are in red:


Group photo of some participants to the International Training Program MIST 3, plus some related persons, on a ship in Oostende (Ostend) near the sea in Belgium in December, when it was freezing cold:

Group photo of most participants to the VLIR International Training Program STIMULATE 1 in 2001 at the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel:


Group photo of some participants to the VLIR International Training Program STIMULATE 1 in 2001 on a trip in Gent:


International Training Program STIMULATE 2 in 2002 on a trip in Bruges, Belgium:


VLIR International Training Program STIMULATE 2 in 2002 on a trip in the University of Antwerp, in Antwerpen, Belgium:


Some participants to the VLIR International Training Program STIMULATE 3 in 2003:



A photo of participants to VLIR-ITP-STIMULATE4 in the old part of the science and technology library of the University in Leuven:


Photo of a few participants to VLIR-ITP-STIMULATE 5 on the beach in Ostend/Oostende in Belgium:


Photo of a few participants to STIMULATE 5 during the farewell dinner in Brussels city, Belgium:



The participants to VLIR-ITP-STIMULATE 6:



STIMULATE 8 in 2008:


photos made by STIMULATE9 participants:


photos made by STIMULATE10 participants:



To comments by participants to these international training programs, in the form of series of slides

To the slides used to support a presentation about these international training programs

To a published text about these international training programs

updated most recently 2015-01

to study materials provided by the lecturers, experts who contributed to an International Training Program STIMULATE

Keywords: catalogue, catalogues, cataloguing, information science, librarian, librarians, managers, management, studies, trainees, stage, workshop, workshops

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