citationsTeaching governance today, growing leaders for tomorrow

Welcome on the website of the Olivaint Conference of Belgium, an independent leadership organisation whose aim is to provide extra-curricular education on governance issues to graduate students of Belgian universities and professional schools.  Its overall objective is to prepare young adults for the exercise of professional responsibilities at the highest level while keeping a genuine concern for the public policy implications thereof.

Since more than 60 years, the education provided by the Olivaint Conference is based on values of pluralism, multidisciplinary and multilingualism.  Since it is open to students from all over Belgium, it uses both Dutch and French as working languages. Taking part in the activities of the Olivaint Conference therefore require a good command of these two languages, together with a real motivation to participate in its different activities: bimonthly thematic workshops, written journalism exercises, participation in an annual eloquence contest, not to forget the yearly study session during summer time.

accueil_05_06For the organization of its activities, the Olivaint Conference relies on a network of more than 1100 alumni whose continuous support enables it to welcome new generations of students and offer them a training of high quality.  Indeed, the Olivaint Conference is also the source of lasting memories and strong friendships tying together the students who then meet every now and then at the alumni events.

Whether you are a student, an alumnus or simply curious, we do hope that this website will enable you to get acquainted with the project of the Olivaint Conference and will trigger your willingness to know more about us.  Enjoy your visit!


The title “royal” may be granted by the King to Belgian associations that have been in existence for more than 50 years. Other criteria taken into account are good management, the not-for-profit purpose of the association, its vitality, soundness, etc.Royal Association Conference Olivaint of Belgium n.p.o.