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