Université catholique de Louvain

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The Université catholique de Louvain ( UCL abbreviation, German Catholic University of Leuven ) is a free Catholic French -language university based in Louvain- la -Neuve ( German Neu- lion ) in the Belgian region of Wallonia. The medical school is located in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe in the Brussels- Capital Region.

In its present form it was due to the cleavage of the Louvain University in a Dutch and a French-speaking university in 1968 as part of the Flemish- Walloon conflict. The German translation of the name is misleading, since it also applies to the remaining lions in Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven ( KULeuven abbreviation ). Both universities are all historically conditioned discontinuities in spite of a tradition Louvain University history on which they rely in their seals by referring to the founding date of the first Leuven University in 1425 and in their self- representation, even if the justification of this tradition Bezuges not remained uncontested is.


→ The History to 1968 see History of the University of Leuven

The University Today

Today, the Université catholique de Louvain, with 21,000 students from 120 countries, the largest French- speaking university in Belgium. However, the UCL is with this number is still much smaller than the KUL ( Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), which has nearly 37,000 students. The UCL has 5,000 employees and the libraries are home to over 2 million books. Overall, there are at Louvain- la -Neuve 10 faculties:

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Medical school
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Bio -, Agro and Environmental Sciences


After the division of the following principals led the Université catholique de Louvain:

  • Massaux Édouard (1969-1986)
  • Pierre Macq (1986-1995)
  • Marcel Crochet (1995-2004)
  • Bernard Coulie (2004-2009)
  • Bruno Delvaux (2009 -)


Expanded to: List of famous personalities of the University of Leuven

  • Georges Lemaître (1894-1966), founder of the Big Bang theory
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez ( born 1928 ), co-founder and namesake of liberation theology
  • Serge Brammertz (born 1962 ), Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Rafael Correa (* 1963), since 2007 President of Ecuador

Honorary Doctors (selection)

Before the division

  • Konrad Adenauer ( 1958)
  • Robert Schuman (1958 )

After the division