Study session

The concept

mons_2014_hdThe yearly study session of the Olivaint Conference is the climax of each academic year. Its aim is to give the students-members the opportunity to delve deeply into the study of one particular country or one particular issue (e.g., “Russia” in 2007 and “The Governance of globalization” in 2008) by means of meetings and visits abroad. The study session traditionally benefits from the patronage of the Belgian Foreign Affairs.

The preparatory phase

At the beginning of each academic year, a country of destination reflecting a particular actuality is selected by the Board after consultation of the students-members. Each student-member then chooses a specific research subject and prepares a preliminary study based on information available in Belgium. This preliminary report is then presented during the last workshop of the year. The program of the visits and meetings in the selected country is determined during the year in collaboration with the Board and in contact with the Belgian Embassy in the selected country, if there is one, and/or with the Embassy of the selected country in Brussels. The active support of the Belgian Foreign Affairs and of the Embassy of the selected country in Brussels enables the Olivaint Conference to organize each year a tailored program including meetings with prominent personalities.

The study session

The session lasts two to three weeks mostly during the month of July.  A variety of activities are scheduled, including meetings with local politicians, academics and businessmen, companies visits, exchange with local people and students, etc. Each student-member enriches its research during the session and confronts his information with the reality on the ground.  Social and cultural activities complete the program.

The report

Back in Belgium, students-members complete their study and produce an individual written contribution. Individual contributions are then reviewed and corrected if necessary by Directors, and then published in the session report, which is in the inventory at the Belgian National Library and is available for every interested person on request to, and also via this website :

Study session reports

Previous Study trips :

Port-Cros (1957), Israel (1958), Morocco (1959), Sicily (1960), Senegal (1961), Berlin-West (1962), Israel (1963), Mexico (1964) , Tunisia (1965), Ivory Coast (1966), Venezuela (1967), Iran (1968), Quebec (1969), Algeria (1970), Gabon (1971), Chilli (1972), Thailand (1973), Tanzania (1974), Costa Rica (1975), Malaysia (1976), Cameroon (1977), Peru (1978), Indonesia (1979), Zaire (1980), Paris (1981), Egypt (1982), Spain (1984), ESPRIT project (European Strategic Program for Research and Development in Information Technologies) (1987), China and Hong-Kong (1988), Togo (1989), Bolivia (1990), Czechoslovakia (1991), Jordan (1992), Japan (1993), Belarus (1994), Morocco (1995), USA (1996), Poland (1997), Future and challenges of the European Union (1999), Cuba (2000), Slovenia (2001),  Greece (2002), Ireland (2003), Hungary (2004), Turkey (2005), Chile (2006), Russia (2007),  New York/Washington: world governance (2008), Rome: Italy/Vatican City/FAO (2009), Armenia & Nagorno-Karabakh (2010), Canada (2011), Germany (2012), Burundi & Rwanda (2013), Mons (2014), South Korea 2015.