UCLouvain figures

UCLouvain in a few figures

A multi-campus university – seven locations, to be exact: Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels Woluwe, Mons, Tournai, Brussels Saint-Gilles, Charleroi, Namur (University UCL Namur). Check out a UCLouvain location.

UCLouvain’s reputation is based on:

  • 1 Nobel Prize in Medicine: Christian de Duve (1974)
  • 21 Francqui Prizes (Belgian Nobel Prize)
  • 42 European Research Council grants
  • the fourth-ranked comprehensive French-speaking university in the world and top-ranked in Belgium; in the top 15 % of all universities worldwide; in addition, ranked:
    • 152nd overall by the Times’ 2018 THE rankings
    • in the 151st-200th range by the 2020 Shanghai rankings
    • 167th by 2019 QS Magazine rankings
  • 5,893 staff members
  • 31,835 students (as of June 2019), 54.2% female, and 19 % international
  • 241 programmes of instruction, including 43 bachelor's programmes; 198 master’s programmes including 65 advanced master’s programmes and 23 masters in English; 30 MOOCs on the edX platform; 224 continuing education programmes
  • 3,054 researchers, 2,500 research projects per year and €252 million granted for research (including €195 million from external resources)
  • 5,753 UCLouvain accommodation units, the largest in Europe, with an average rent of €300/month
  • 2 sport and fitness centres and 102 sports and fitness activities
  • 10 libraries containing seating for 3,418 individuals, and a surface area of 22,354 m² accessible to the public
  • 2 university hospitals (Saint-Luc University Hospital in Brussels-Woluwe and UCL Namur University Hospital), 10,552 staff members and 1,909 beds
  • 2 science parks (the LLN Science Park and the Seneffe Science Park) and 3 business incubators (the Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation, the Brussels Life Science Incubator, and Activalis): 346 companies, 6,898 jobs and 77 spin-offs of which 66 remain active
  • 2 museums: the L Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve and the Couvreur Museum in Brussels Woluwe

The University of Louvain was created in 1425 and has built a rich history 595 years in the making. The current rector of UCLouvain is Vincent Blondel.