March 17, 2016

Our University


Brussels, at the heart of Europe since 1957, capital of a federal state gathering three communities with different languages, must have a university in tune. With 20 000 students including 27% of foreign origin and a staff also very cosmopolitan, the ULB is inherently international, open to Europe and the world. It is responsible for the creation of a network of major universities from European capitals – UNICA – and is involved in the dynamics of international research/development and mobility.

Multicultural, l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (french for Free University of Brussels), with its 7 faculties, schools and institutes, is also a comprehensive university covering all disciplines and all academic levels.

With three Nobel prizes, a Fields Medal, a Wolf Prize in Physics, two Marie Curie prizes and 29% of the allocated Francqui prizes, ULB is also a major research university recognized by the academic community worldwide.

Committed, she meets its social responsibilities, societal and scientific education by combining a wide access to high-level research.
Voluntary, it has a role in the economic development of regions where it operates (Brussels and Wallonia), and also has a teaching hospital – Erasme Hospital -, a cancer institute – the Jules Bordet Institute -, and an extensive hospital network.

Over the past decade, the ULB is committed in activities to enhance research, in Brussels and Charleroi, where it has deployed a biopole around its prestigious Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine and Institute Medical Immunology.ULBR42bis

In terms of alliances, the ULB is part of the Wallonia-Brussels University Academy with the University of Mons-Hainaut and the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons. It is also with 5 high schools, the Royal Military Academy, 2 institute of architecture and 2 colleges of art, the European university pole of Wallonia-Brussels.

Private university, recognized and subsidized by the government, ULB receives an allocation of government which is now operating at 60% of its budget.

Founded on the principle of free judgment which postulates independence of reason and rejection of dogma, the ULB has remained loyal to its original ideals: an institution free from supervision, engaged in the defense of democratic and humanistic values (including its governance).

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