KU Leuven

KU Leuven

KU Leuven. Inspiring the outstanding

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.

The university’s basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. At the same time, the university remains vigilantly open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as to the community’s needs and expectations. From a basis of social responsibility and scientific expertise, KU Leuven provides high-quality, comprehensive health care, including specialised tertiary care, in its University Hospitals. In doing so it strives toward optimum accessibility and respect for all patients.

KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 48th University worldwide, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university.

KU Leuven is a very active participant in the European Framework Programmes. For example, to date, the over 100 ERC grants involving KU Leuven researchers, (including affiliates with VIB and IMEC) confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground (> 55 Starting Grants) and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. We welcome you to have a look at our International project portfolio.