The Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies (GCBS) was founded in 2007 at
Given the fact that Buddhism took shape throughout its spread from
The members of the GCBS are working interdisciplinary as well as on highly specialized fields. Therefore a major task of the GCBS is to offer a forum for international discussions and to organize lecture series and symposia where research methodologies and findings can be presented and exchanged. Initiatives such as the 'Permanent Education in Buddhism', which is open to everyone holding an M.A., have the intention of opening the academic discourse to society and informing the public about current ongoings in the field of buddhological research.
The GCBS puts a strong emphasis on cooperation with other institutions. Bilateral agreements and Socrates programs have been established with many institutions abroad.