|Catholic University of Louvain|
|Université Catholique de Louvain|
|Seal of the University of Louvain|
Latin: Universitas Catholica Lovaniensis
|Motto:||Sedes Sapientiae (Seat of Wisdom, Seat of Knowledge)|
|Endowment:||360 million EUR|
|Rector:||Bernard Coulie (2005- )|
Académie universitaire Louvain
Special partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven
|Data as of 2005|
The Université catholique de Louvain, sometimes known as UCL, is Belgium's largest French-speaking university, and a successor institution to the oldest university in the Low Countries. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people A university is an institution of Higher education and Research, which grants Academic degrees in a variety of subjects The Low Countries, the historical region of de Nederlanden, are the countries on low-lying land around the delta of the Rhine, Scheldt It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve and in Brussels. History After much deliberation the University administration agreed on a building site near the town of Ottignies, in the French-speaking part of the province of Brussels (Bruxelles pronounced; Brussel pronounced) officially the Brussels Capital-Region, is It has full university status.
For the history of the university prior to 1968 go here. The Catholic University of Leuven, or Louvain, was the largest oldest and most prominent university in Belgium.
The Catholic University of Leuven, based in Leuven ("Louvain" in French), 30 km east of Brussels, provided lectures in French from 1835, and in Dutch from 1930. The Catholic University of Leuven, or Louvain, was the largest oldest and most prominent university in Belgium. Leuven ( French: Louvain, often used in English German: Löwen) is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand Brussels (Bruxelles pronounced; Brussel pronounced) officially the Brussels Capital-Region, is In 1968 the Dutch-language section became an independent Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which remained in Leuven, while the French-speaking university was moved to a greenfield campus, Louvain-la-Neuve, 20 km south-east of Brussels, in a part of the country where French is the official language. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Dutch ( is a West Germanic language spoken by around 24 million people 22 million of which are from the Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (in short KU Leuven) is the Flemish offshoot of the oldest university in the Low Countries which was originally founded Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is a Walloon Municipality located in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant. This separation also entailed dividing existing library holdings between the two new universities.
With the democratization of university education already stretching existing structures, plans to expand the French-speaking part of the university at a campus in Brussels or Wallonia had been quietly discussed from the early 1960s, but it had not been anticipated that the French-speaking section would become an entirely independent university and lose all its buildings and infrastructure in Leuven. Wallonia, or Wallonie, (Wallonie Wallonien Wallonië Waloneye is the Meridional part of Belgium belonging to the Romance linguistic field The first stone of the new campus at Louvain-la-Neuve was laid in 1971, and the transfer of faculties to the new site was completed in 1979.
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 was called "Louvain-en-Woluwe" (the authorities of the UCL tend to prefer nowadays to refer to it as "UCL-Brussels"). A campus is traditionally the land on which a College or University and related institutional buildings are situated History After much deliberation the University administration agreed on a building site near the town of Ottignies, in the French-speaking part of the province of This satellite campus hosts the faculty of Medicine of the university. A faculty is a division within a University. The concept of a university with different faculties for different subjects dates back to Al-Azhar University, which had Medicine is the art and science of healing It encompasses a range of Health care practices evolved to maintain and restore Human Health by the The campus is served by Alma station on line 1B of the Brussels Metro. Brussels Metro (Métro de Bruxelles Brusselse metro is a Metro system serving a large part of the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
According to a 2007 agreement, the Université Catholique de Louvain should absorb three small French-speaking catholic colleges: the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) located in Namur, the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL) located in Brussels and the Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons (FUCAM) located in Mons and Charleroi. The University of Namur or Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP, in Namur ( Belgium) is a Jesuit Catholic Private university The University of Namur or Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP, in Namur ( Belgium) is a Jesuit Catholic Private university Namur ( Namen in Dutch, Nameur in Walloon, Namurcum in Latin) is a City and municipality in The Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL in Brussels, Belgium is a Private university in the French Community of Belgium. The Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons (FUCaM, in Mons, Wallonia, Belgium, is a Private university in the French Community of Mons ( Dutch: Bergen, Picard: Mont) is a Walloon City and municipality located in the Belgian Charleroi (Tchålerwè is the largest city and municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Negotiations started in September 2007 and they should lead to the creation of a new university to be called Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). ( The campus might be identified as UCL/Brussels, UCL/Louvain-la-Neuve, UCL/Mons, UCL/Namur and UCL/Charleroi). The four universities are already part of a common group, the "Academie Louvain". Within this group, member universities have coordinated their masters programmes in the fields of economics, management, political sciences and sciences.
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. A language is a dynamic set of visual auditory or tactile Symbols of Communication and the elements used to manipulate them Literature is the Art of written works Literally translated the word means "acquaintance with letters" (from Latin littera letter History is the study of the past particularly the written record Those who study history as a Profession are called Historians Etymology The history of art usually refers to the History of the Visual arts, such as Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one Archaeology, archeology, or archæology (from Greek grc ἀρχαιολογία archaiologia – grc ἀρχαῖος archaīos Psychology (from Greek grc ψῡχή psȳkhē, "breath life soul" and grc -λογία -logia) is an Academic and Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency Foundations of modern biology There are five unifying principles Chemistry (from Egyptian kēme (chem meaning "earth") is the Science concerned with the composition structure and properties Physics (Greek Physis - φύσις in everyday terms is the Science of Matter and its motion. Geography (from Greek γεωγραφία - geografia) is the study of the Earth and its lands features inhabitants and phenomena Mathematics is the body of Knowledge and Academic discipline that studies such concepts as Quantity, Structure, Space and Computer science (or computing science) is the study and the Science of the theoretical foundations of Information and Computation and their Engineering is the Discipline and Profession of applying technical and scientific Knowledge and Bioengineering (also known as Biological Engineering is the application of Engineering principles to address challenges in the fields of Biology and Medicine Agronomy is the science and technology of using plants for food fuel feed and fiber Environmental studies is the systematic study of human interaction with their environment Medicine is the art and science of healing It encompasses a range of Health care practices evolved to maintain and restore Human Health by the Pharmacology (from Greek grc φάρμακον pharmakon, "drug" and grc -λογία -logia) is the study of how Drugs Kinesiology, also known as Human Kinetics, is the science of human movement Theology is the study of a god or the gods from a religious perspective Foundations of modern biology There are five unifying principles Nuclear physics is the field of Physics that studies the building blocks and interactions of Atomic nuclei. Law is a system of rules enforced through a set of Institutions used as an instrument to underpin civil obedience politics economics and society 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.
Cercles are Student Societies or Fraternities based around each faculty. A student society or student organization is an Organization, operated by Students at a University, whose membership normally consists only of Fraternities and sororities (from the Latin words la frater and la soror, meaning "brother" and "sister" respectively are fraternal Each Cercles runs a bar. In order to be inducted new members are paraded true the street over night in hazing ceremonies involving eggs and other foosdtuffs, paint, demeaning chants etc. Hazing is an often Ritualistic test and a task which may constitute Harassment, Abuse or Humiliation with requirements to perform random often
Student accommodation in Belgium comes in the form of a "kot", a term having Belgian Dutch origin.
Unique to UCL a "Kot à projet" (KAP) is a KOT whose inhabitants have similar interests and who organise activities for the general student population, they are similar to Fraternity and sorority houses, but smaller in size with only the committee living in the Kot. Being small several Kots can be situated in the same, university owned, apartment building. Kot ONU is interested in the UN while the Kot et Scout is interested in Scouting & Guiding. The United Nations ( UN) is an International organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in International law, International security Guidisme et Scoutisme en Belgique/Gidsen- en Scoutsbeweging in België (GSB The Guides and Scouts Movement of Belgium) is the national Guiding and Scouting
Sport in UCL is organised by CSE Animations (Centre Sportif Etudiant), a KAP. Events include the 24h Velo, 10 Mile race and semester soccer leagues.
The AGL (General Assembly of Louvain students) is the UCL's Students' union. A students' union, student government, student senate, students' association, or guild of students is a Student Organization The body comprises an executive Committee, and a legislative Council. In Political science and Constitutional law, the executive is the branch of government responsible for the day-to-day management of the State. A legislature is a type of representative Deliberative assembly with the power to create amend and change Laws The law created by a legislature is called Legislation The Committee consists of ex-officio members: President, Vice-Presidents for Education & Welfare, VP for the Medicine faculty (Situated in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert), General Secretary, Activities Officer, Communications Officer, Operations Officer, Foreign student's Officer, Cultural Officer, Editor-in-Chief & Deputy Editor-in-Chief as well as the president of the Council. Editing Language, Images or Sound through correction condensation organization and other modifications in various media 
Quinzaine a University produced newsletter, and La Savate produced by the AGL. Cercles also produce publications.
The 24 Hour Cycle (24h Vélo) is, nominally, a bicycle endurance road race held in October, now in it's 31st year. Les 24 heures vélo de Louvain-la-Neuve (English the Bicycle 24 hours of Louvain-la-Neuve) is a Belgian Festival organized by UCL The bicycle, cycle, or bike is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind Road bicycle racing is a popular Bicycle racing Sport held on roads (following the Geography of the area using Racing bicycles The While there is an elite race with teams of two, Student groups enter novelty themed multi-bike vehicles, in the shape of a Van or Whale for example, for prizes. The quality of these designs range in terms of artistic merit, and ability to stay intact over the duration of the race. A 240 minute race also takes place for teenagers. The event is probably best known for what happens off the track. Concurrent with the race is Belgium’s largest student event, with concerts and stands lasting the full 24hrs. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those
For pre-1968 alumni go here. The Catholic University of Leuven, or Louvain, was the largest oldest and most prominent university in Belgium.