The Catholic University of Louvain welcomes more than 30,000 students in seven locations in Brussels and Wallonia. Its main campus is in the pedestrianised city of Louvain-la-Neuve. Our university offers courses in all disciplines, from bachelor’s degree to doctoral degree level, as well as many lifelong learning programmes. It is also a pioneer in the creation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the first French-speaking university in Europe to offer online courses on the edX platform (16 courses available in 2016).
With a Nobel Prize, 21 Prix Francqui (the ‘Belgian Nobel’) and many other honours, UCL offers an education fuelled by solid research. The university’s drive to innovate is clear: €222 million in annual research investment, 225 projects funded by European framework programmes (as of 2016) and close relationships with the commercial world, particularly with the 259 companies in the university’s three science parks. Meanwhile, UCL’s research development efforts are currently responsible for 61 active spin-offs.