Université catholique de Louvain

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Catholic University of Leuven
Image:UCL logo.gif Image:LogoUCL.jpg
Latin: Universitas Catholica Lovaniensis
Motto Sedes Sapientiae (Seat of Wisdom, Seat of Knowledge)
Established 1425
Type Private Catholic
Endowment 360 million EUR
Rector Bernard Coulie (2005- )
Staff 5,073
Students 21,647
Doctoral students 1,371
Location Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Campus Louvain-la-Neuve, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Affiliations Coimbra Group, académie universitaire Louvain, special partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven
Website www.uclouvain.be
Data as of 2005

The Université catholique de Louvain, sometimes known as UCL, is Belgium's largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve and in Brussels. It is a complete university.


[edit] History

The origins of the institution date back to 1425, which makes it the oldest Catholic university still active. The university was established by a bull signed by Pope Martin V.

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The University was based in Leuven ("Louvain" in French), 30 km from Brussels, until 1968. Up to that year, resentment had been growing among Flemings because of privileges given to French-speaking academic staff and the perceived lack of respect by the local French-speaking community for Flanders, wherein Leuven lies. Some French-speakers proposed to change the administrative status of Leuven, including it in a larger, bilingual 'Greater-Brussels'. On the other hand, some Flemish nationalists wanted to expel any trace of the French language from Flanders and could not stand a bilingual university there. The linguistic dispute was resolved by the following settlement: the Dutch-speaking part, now named Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, would stay in Leuven (which is in the part of Belgium where Dutch is the official language), while the French-speaking part would move to a newly created town, Louvain-la-Neuve, 20 km south-east of Brussels.

[edit] Campuses

While the main campus of Université catholique de Louvain is based at Louvain-la-Neuve, there is however a small campus in Brussels, in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, which until recently used to be called "Louvain-en-Woluwe" (the authorities of the UCL tend to prefer nowadays to refer to it as "UCL-Brussels"). This satellite campus hosts the faculty of Medicine of the university. The campus is served by Alma station on line 1B of the Brussels Metro.

[edit] Faculties

  1. Faculty of Theology (theology)
  2. Faculty of Philosophy (also known as the Institute of Philosophy, ISP)(philosophy)
  3. Faculty of Law (law)
  4. Faculty of Economical, Social and Political Sciences.(economics, management , sociology, anthropology, political sciences, communication, journalism, demography, development studies).
  5. Faculty of Philosophy and Literature (Arts and Humanities)(languages and literature, history, history of art, theatre, archeology)
  6. Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (psychology, education)
  7. Faculty of Science (biology, chemistry, physics, geography, mathematics)
  8. Faculty of Engineering (engineering)
  9. Faculty of Applied Bioscience and Engineering (bio-engineering, agronomy, environment studies)
  10. Faculty of Medicine (medicine)
  11. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (pharmacology)
  12. Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences (kinesiology, physical education)

[edit] General credit

The Université catholique de Louvain educates around 22,000 students (2003) in all areas of studies, from theology to biology and from nuclear physics to law. It has educated a large part of Belgium's elite and is still considered, with its Dutch-speaking sister, as a centre of excellence in many fields. In 2006, it was ranked 76th in the world universities ranking established by the Times higher education supplement (24th in Europe). It is connected to Brussels by a train service, and the new town and campus is unusually architecturally interesting.

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[edit] External links

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Belgian universities

Flemish : UA | VUB | KU Brussel | UGent | UHasselt / tUL | K.U.Leuven/KULAK | FCSR | ETF
Francophone : FPMs | FUCAM | FUNDP | FUSL | FUSAGx | UCL | ULB | ULg | UMH
Bilingual : Brussels Faculty for Protestant Theology | Royal Military Academy
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