KU Leuven makes list of world’s top 100 universities


The University of Leuven is the only Belgian institution to make the new top 100 list of universities by QS World University Rankings

Leuven, Ghent also top in courses

Eleven courses from Flemish universities have been included in the Top 50 for each discipline, part of this year’s QS World University Rankings. The university of Ghent provides three of the courses, and the university of Leuven the remaining eight. Leuven, meanwhile, is once again the only Belgian university in the top 100 universities list.

The rankings looked at 36 disciplines in 894 universities in 60 countries and rated them on academic reputation, the impact of their research and their reputation as an employer. A top 50 was drawn up for each discipline and each university given an overall rating. 

Dentistry at Leuven won fifth place in the discipline, unprecedented for a Belgian university and Belgium’s only top-10 rating. The university’s other top 50 ratings went to philosophy (24), law (30), geography (34), statistics (38), cultural and development studies (39), materials science (40) and pharmacy (43). Leuven took 82nd place overall.

The University of Ghent, at 129th place overall, scored with veterinary science (27), psychology (30) and land and forestry management (48).

Photo: Leuven’s university library
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University of Leuven

Established almost six centuries ago, the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) is one of the oldest universities in the Low Countries. International rankings consistently place it among the best universities in Europe.
Papal founding - It was founded as a Catholic university by Pope Martin V in 1425.
Bright minds - Over the centuries, it attracted famous scholars like Justus Lipsius, Andreas Vesalius, Desiderius Erasmus and Gerard Mercator.
Micro and nano - KU Leuven is home to the Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (imec), a world-class research centre in micro- and nanoelectronics.
11 544

staff members in 2013

40 069

students in 2014-2015 academic year


million euros in annual research budget