Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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  • Iden­tity and mis­sion of KU Leuven

    KU Leu­ven is an autonomous uni­ver­sity. It was founded in 1425. It was born of and has grown within the Catholic tra­di­tion. From its Chris­t­ian view of the world and the human, KU Leu­ven endeav­ours to be a place for open dis­cus­sion of social, philo­soph­i­cal and eth­i­cal issues and a crit­i­cal cen­tre of reflec­tion in and for the Catholic community.

    KU Leu­ven offers its stu­dents an aca­d­e­mic edu­ca­tion based on high-​level research, with the aim of prepar­ing them to assume their social responsibilities.

    KU Leu­ven is a research-​intensive, inter­na­tion­ally ori­ented uni­ver­sity that car­ries out both fun­da­men­tal and applied research. It is strongly inter– and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary in focus and strives for inter­na­tional excel­lence. To this end, KU Leu­ven works together actively with its research part­ners at home and abroad.

    KU Leu­ven encour­ages per­sonal ini­tia­tive and crit­i­cal reflec­tion in a cul­ture of idea exchange, coop­er­a­tion, sol­i­dar­ity and aca­d­e­mic free­dom. It pur­sues a proac­tive diver­sity pol­icy for its stu­dents and staff.

    KU Leu­ven aims to actively par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic and cul­tural debate and in the advance­ment of a knowledge-​based soci­ety. It puts its exper­tise to the ser­vice of soci­ety, with par­tic­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tion for its most vul­ner­a­ble members.

    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 car­ries out its aca­d­e­mic activ­i­ties at var­i­ous cam­puses, research parks and hos­pi­tal facil­i­ties in close coop­er­a­tion with the mem­bers of the KU Leu­ven Asso­ci­a­tion and with its hos­pi­tal partners.


    Vision and policy

    KU Leu­ven is a research-​intensive uni­ver­sity in the Euro­pean Research Area that strives to carry out high-​quality research and thus to take its place among the best uni­ver­si­ties in Europe.

    Research at KU Leu­ven is the indis­pens­able basis for edu­ca­tion and soci­etal out­reach. A cru­cial con­se­quence of this is the pres­ence of a very wide vari­ety of sci­en­tific dis­ci­plines, all explored with due respect for both aca­d­e­mic free­dom and researcher ini­tia­tive. It is this com­pre­hen­sive and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary foun­da­tion that forms the cri­te­ria and impe­tus for excel­lence.
    Addi­tion­ally, KU Leu­ven endeav­ours to be active at the fore­front of – and take a lead­ing role in – a num­ber of key disciplines.

    KU Leuven’s research pol­icy cov­ers a broad spec­trum, from non-​applied, fun­da­men­tal research to focalised soci­etal out­reach. KU Leu­ven plays a key role in strength­en­ing these and other inno­va­tion chains.

    To ful­fil its man­i­fold goals, KU Leuven’s research pol­icy focuses on:

    • edu­cat­ing and stim­u­lat­ing young researchers
    • cre­at­ing crit­i­cal mass and fund­ing secu­rity in sup­port of cutting-​edge research
    • inter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of researchers and research through the pro­mo­tion of inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, mobil­ity, net­work­ing and cooperation
    • renew­ing research by max­imis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, free­doms and stimulation
    • cre­at­ing eco­nomic and social value through research

    Research at KU Leuven

    Researchers, doc­toral stu­dents, and uni­ver­sity pol­i­cy­mak­ers dis­cuss research at KU Leu­ven.

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    Address Oude Markt 13

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