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)
  • 48 European Research Council grants
  • the fourth-ranked comprehensive French-speaking university in the world and top-ranked in Belgium; in the top 1 % of all universities worldwide; in addition, ranked:
    • 158nd overall by the Times’ 2021 THE rankings
    • in the 151st-200th range by the 2021 Shanghai rankings
    • 195th by 2022 QS Magazine rankings
  • 6,150 staff members
  • 35,000 students (as of June 2019), 54% female, and 19 % international
  • 245 programmes of instruction, including 45 bachelor's programmes; 190 master’s programmes including 69advanced master’s programmes and 31 masters in English; 38 MOOCs on the edX platform; 214 continuing education programmes
  • 3,000 researchers, 2,500 research projects per year and €268 million granted for research (including €195 million from external resources)
  • 5,737 UCLouvain accommodation units, the largest in Europe, with an average rent of €300/month
  • 2 sport and fitness centres and 103 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), 10,606 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): 334 companies, 8,679 jobs and 78 spin-offs of which 64 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 597 years in the making. The current rector of UCLouvain is Vincent Blondel.