European Friends


For the first time ever, European alumni, parents and friends can realize tax benefits from making gifts to U.Va. from their home country through the newly established European Friends of the University of Virginia Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. Gifts may support a range of initiatives that strengthen U.Va.’s ties with Europe, including student travel, study abroad and faculty research. Gifts may not be earmarked by the donors but will fund student and faculty proposals selected by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and submitted to the King Baudouin Foundation for funding.


A Vision of Green Living

Tim Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor in Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture, has written extensively about building sustainable cities in Europe and the United States. He wants to see healthy cities in a healthy world. Healthy means different things in different places. In Copenhagen, it means encouraging people to commute to work by bicycle and public transportation. In Culemborg, Netherlands, it means constructing a housing complex that taps solar energy and builds community through shared green space.


A Hands-On Experience

These Curry School of Education undergraduates, majoring in speech pathology, participated in the Curry School’s summer communication disorders program in Belgium and the Netherlands. The six-week program incorporates research, clinical visits and a conference presentation, in Ghent, Belgium, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Filip Loncke, associate professor in the Curry School and program director, says that only half of his students can afford the $5,000 needed to participate.


A Broader Perspective

Yizhou Wang (Architecture ’15) spent a summer studying urban planning in London thanks to the Galsworthy Scholarship in Support of International Students. The endowed scholarship, which provides funding for international undergraduates in the School of Architecture, was created by Marcus G. Simpson (Architecture ’86), a native of Ireland, who attended U.Va. on a scholarship. A citizen of China who is pursuing a double major of urban planning and architecture, Wang said he would not have been able to participate in the summer study abroad experience without the help of a scholarship.