University of Liège (ULg)

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    The only com­plete pub­lic uni­ver­sity in the Bel­gian French-​speaking com­mu­nity, the Uni­ver­sity of Liège prides itself on its plu­ral­is­tic vision and on its pur­suit of excel­lence in teach­ing, research, and inno­va­tion. It is a mem­ber of the Wallonia-​Europe Uni­ver­sity Acad­emy (together with Gem­bloux Agro Bio Tech).

    The Uni­ver­sity of Liège is com­mit­ted to the devel­op­ment of student-​centered learn­ing, is intensely involved in inter­na­tional research pro­grammes (espe­cially the Euro­pean Union’s FP6 and P7 projects) and is in con­tact with more than 600 insti­tu­tions through­out the world (250 in Europe). The Uni­ver­sity of Liège is fully inte­grated into the greater Euro­pean edu­ca­tion (Bologna) and research (Lis­bon) sphere, and more glob­ally, into the main inter­na­tional sci­en­tific networks.

    Attuned to society’s needs, the Uni­ver­sity of Liège also plays an impor­tant role in Wal­lo­nia as cre­ator of new eco­nomic high value-​added eco­nomic activ­i­ties and as coor­di­na­tor of tech­no­log­i­cal cen­ters bring­ing together the pub­lic and pri­vate sectors.

    Located in a city near the meet­ing point of Ger­manic and Latin cul­tures (the Eure­gio Meuse-​Rhine and the Greater Area), the Uni­ver­sity of Liège is the cul­mi­na­tion of a long intel­lec­tual and edu­ca­tional tra­di­tion. Eas­ily acces­si­ble by road, air or train, the uni­ver­sity has much to offer prospec­tive stu­dents and researchers from across Europe and beyond who wish to par­take of its ongo­ing com­mit­ment to qual­ity research and teach­ing, already inter­na­tion­ally recognized.

    Our Mission

    The Uni­ver­sity of Liege is the only pub­lic, plu­ral­ist and com­plete uni­ver­sity insti­tu­tion of the French Walloon-​Brussels com­mu­nity. It is a part of the Wallonia-​Europe Uni­ver­sity Acad­emy. It aims at main­tain­ing a fair bal­ance between teach­ing, research and com­mu­nity ser­vice activ­i­ties, in the broad lines recog­nised by its com­plete uni­ver­sity status.


    Fully inte­grated in the Bologna process aim­ing at estab­lish­ing a large har­monised zone of higher edu­ca­tion in Europe, Ulg wel­comes 20000 stu­dents spread out over nine Fac­ul­ties, one Insti­tute and one Man­age­ment School. The Uni­ver­sity offers a very large range of courses: 38 degree courses, 177 mas­ters courses (of which 33% are unique in French-​speaking Bel­gium) and 68 com­ple­men­tary mas­ters courses. Located at the cross­roads of the Ger­man and Latin cul­tures, with a global out­look on inter­na­tional aspects, the Uni­ver­sity of Liege devotes a con­sid­er­able part of its teach­ing to for­eign lan­guage classes in order to ensure that its stu­dents are cit­i­zens who are truly active on a Euro­pean level. As a pub­lic uni­ver­sity, it con­sid­ers itself to be vested with a social type of educa­tive assign­ment. It encour­ages the inte­gra­tion of new types of teach­ing (problem-​solving, super­vised train­ing ses­sions, role-​plays, …) and the acqui­si­tion of com­bined skills.

    ULg, a research university

    The Uni­ver­sity of Liege devotes more than half of its annual bud­get to high-​level research, rec­og­nized through­out the world. Its activ­i­ties extend­from fun­da­men­tal to applied research. More than 2000 peo­ple– lecturer/​researchers, sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cians– are involved in its research pro­grammes. The mod­er­ate size of the Uni­ver­sity encour­ages inter-​disciplinary research and, more gen­er­ally, con­tacts between sci­en­tists from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines. There­ex­ist numer­ous part­ner­ships with the indus­trial sec­tor and the Uni­ver­sity plays an active role in enhanc­ing the cre­ation of spin-​off com­pa­nies and guid­ing their development.

    … open to all

    In terms of research, the Uni­ver­sity of Liege offers sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties for

    • com­pa­nies or organ­i­sa­tions from both­the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors who wish to set up part­ner­ships or sub­con­tract research tasks;
    • master’s grad­u­ates wish­ing to engage in research while pur­su­ing a doctorate;
    • post-​doctoral researchers seek­ing to broaden the scope of their activ­i­ties as part of one of our reputed research teams;
    • expe­ri­enced researchers inter­ested in an aca­d­e­mic posi­tion enabling them to com­bine teach­ing activ­i­ties with top range research activities.

    As in all of the uni­ver­si­ties in Europe and through­out the world, the teach­ing at ULg is kept alive through research. This teaching-​research com­ple­men­tar­ity is at the heart of the uni­ver­sity project. The ULg pays spe­cial atten­tion to essen­tial research, the basis of new knowl­edge. Although the Insti­tu­tion backs cer­tain sub­jects and research ori­en­ta­tions in par­tic­u­lar, that it deems as pri­or­i­ties, it does not wish to be deprived of those that exist and that are insep­a­ra­ble from its sta­tus as a com­plete university.

    • 530 research units in all sub­ject areas
    • 20 large-​scale inter-​disciplinary research centres
    • 1500 con­trac­tual researchers
    • 1000 reg­u­lar research con­tracts, of which 65 FP6 projects (6th Euro­pean Outline-​Programme) in all the­matic priorities.

    The ULg works actively in research projects with coun­tries in all con­ti­nents and con­tin­ues a sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship in around sixty devel­op­ing countries.

    Research Cen­tres in the Uni­ver­sity of Liege

    The research cen­tres are cre­ated by the Board of Direc­tors, fur­ther to advise by the Research Council.

    • AQUA­POLE – Aquapôle
    • CART – Cen­tre for Analy­sis of Residues in Trace
    • GIGA-​R – Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Clus­ter for Applied Genoproteomics
    • CEDEM – Cen­tre for Eth­nic and Migra­tion Studies
    • CEIB – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre of Biomaterials
    • CEIM – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre of Metals
    • CHST – Cen­tre of sci­ence and tech­niques history
    • CIP – Cen­tre for Pro­tein Engineering
    • CIRA – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre for Archae­o­log­i­cal research
    • CEA – Euro­pean Archaeom­e­try Centre
    • CIRB – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre for Bioethics Research
    • CPSNS – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre for Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry research of nat­ural and syn­thetic substances
    • CRBB – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre for Bio-​analytical and Bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal research
    • CRC – Cyclotron Research Centre
    • CSL – Liege Space Centre
    • CTCM – Cen­tre of Cel­lu­lar and Mol­e­c­u­lar Therapy
    • GTU – Trans­port Group
    • MARE – Inter­fac­ulty Cen­tre for Marine Research
    • SUPRATECS – Ser­vices of the Uni­ver­sity Per­form­ing Research and Appli­ca­tions in the tech­nol­ogy of mate­ri­als : Elec­tro­ce­ram­ics, Com­pos­ite and Superconductors

    Research Units of the Uni­ver­sity of Liege

    The research units are enti­ties cre­ated by the fac­ul­ties. They may be called “cen­tres”, which some­times has more sci­en­tific mean­ing, but must not leave any room for ambi­gu­ity as regards their status.

    The list of the research units is avail­able on the fac­ul­ties’ pages: Arts and Phi­los­o­phy, Law, Sci­ences, Med­i­cine, Applied sci­ences,Vet­eri­nary med­i­cine, Psy­chol­ogy and Edu­ca­tional Sci­ences, HEC – Man­age­ment School of the ULg, Insti­tute of Human and Social Sci­ences


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