Since the academic year 2021-2022 HOGENT offers students Business Management a new course, that focusses on value creation and integrated reporting: “Waardecreatie meten en rapporteren”. Next academic year (2022-2023), HOGENT will also offer this course to students enrolled in the international curriculum: “Reporting value creation”.

Furthermore, students Applied Computer Science are creating a database that captures sustainability information of Belgian SMEs. This information is retrieved from their annual reports, websites and sustainability reports. In addition, these students are developing a tool to identify and analyze similarities and differences in sustainability disclosures of Belgian SMEs.

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STEFANIE DE BRUYCKERE

Dr. Stefanie De Bruyckere is a lecturer and researcher at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. She obtained her PhD in Business Economics at Ghent University (2021), entitled “The Role of External Accountants as Service Providers for SMEs”. In 2010, she obtained her Master’s degree of Science in Business Administration (specialization Accounting and Taxation) and graduated magna cum laude. In 2011, she also obtained her Master’s degree of Science in Teaching Economics (Business Administration) at Ghent University. Since 2011, she has been a lecturer at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. Her teaching domains are accounting and taxation. Since 2013, she has also contributed to several research projects in the field of accounting and taxation, including integrated reporting. Stefanie published her academic work in international journals such as Sustainability and Australian Accounting Review.

CARINE COPPENS

Carine Coppens is head of degree programme Financial Management at the School of Business and Management of HOGENT, University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She has 30 years of experience in accounting education and practice-oriented research. Her teaching domains are financial accounting, consolidation and taxation. She coordinated several research projects in the field of accounting and taxation. These projects focused on the harmonization of corporate taxation in Europe and on the role of external accountants as service providers for SMEs. Recent research analyses acquisitions in the sector of assurance brokers and integrated reporting. Sustainability is an important issue for her. Recently, she followed the SDG train the trainer program (CIFAL/UNITAR). She has several publications and has presented at national and international conferences. Furthermore, she is a member of the HOGENT Research Centre for Sustainable Organizations. She is a member of the examination committee of the professional institute of accountants in Belgium and has a large professional network within the accounting and SME world.

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ASTRID COCQUYT

Astrid Cocquyt is a researcher and lecturer at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. She holds the degree of Master of Science in Business Economics – Accountancy (Ghent University) and Master of Educational Studies (Ghent University). Since 2017, she has been a researcher and lecturer at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. Her teaching domains are accounting, value creation and research skill development. Her research domains are social entrepreneurship and integrated reporting. Furthermore, she started her PhD in 2017, focusing on the barriers of social enterprises in the start-up phase.

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