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  • 23 Jun 2017 2:44 PM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    Rector-elect Luc Sels has announced the names of his Vice Rectors. As of 1 August the new team will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the University.

    On Tuesday 9 May Luc Sels was elected as the new Rector of KU Leuven. He has spent the past weeks putting together his team. Today he has presented his eight Vice Rectors for approval by the management of KU Leuven. They have given the green light.

    More info.

  • 19 Jun 2017 6:28 PM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    WB Young Professionals Program opened for application on June 14th :http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/careers/programs-and-internships/young-professionals-program

    The Young Professionals Program is a premier global recruitment program and is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.  The following are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program:

    • Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
    • Be born on or after October 1, 1985
    • A PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
    • Fluency in English
    • Full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
    • Specialization in a field relevant to the WBG Technical/Operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources, and others
    • At least three years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

    We would also like to invite you to the upcoming WBG Facebook Live Chat where we will be discussing the YPP. WB Young Professionals Program Facebook Live Chat!

     We will have a WB YPP Facebook Live Chat on June 22, 2017 at 9:00 am (EST) with representatives of HR and some recently-hired Young Professionals.  We will respond questions about this program live.  Join us!  For More information or to sign up go to http://live.worldbank.org/ypp-live-chat-2017



  • 05 Jan 2017 5:15 PM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    On the occasion of the "Patroonsfeest", each year the University awards a few people with exceptional achievements, be it scientific, societal or cultural. This year, the following people will be awarded:

    • Professor James P. Allison (Univ of Texas) and Professor Carl H. June (Univ of Pennsylvania) for their exceptional work on immunology to fight cancer. 
    • Professor Theodor Dieter (Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research) for his work on the dialogue between catholics and lutherans
    • Professor Louise Fresco (Chairman, Wageningen University & Research) for work on sustainable food supplies
    • Margrethe Vestager (European commissioner, EU) for her work on open and transparant market access and competition.
  • 01 Dec 2016 8:46 AM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    On Dec 5, the BBC Radio will bring its top program "The Forum" to Leuven to celebrate the 500th year birthday of Thomas More's book Utopia, printed in Leuven. The show will host Rector Torfs and experts from Amsterdam and Porto Universities. More info here.

  • 24 Oct 2016 4:28 PM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    11/01/2016 - 07/14/2017 

    Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street New York NY
    New York , NY 10019

    The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites you to the opening reception for the exhibition Urban Now: City Life in Congo.

    This exhibition by photographer Sammy Baloji and anthropologist Filip De Boeck (KU Leuven professor) offers an exploration of different urban sites in Congo, through the media of photography and video. Focusing on the “urban now,” a moment suspended between the broken dreams of a colonial past and the promises of neoliberal futures, the exhibition offers an artistic and ethnographic investigation of what living—and living together—might mean in Congo’s urban worlds.

    More info and registration 

  • 02 Oct 2016 11:27 AM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    The 2016-2017 was solemnly opened on Monday September 26, with its characteristic ceremony, including the procession of academic regalia. 

    Theme of the Opening was Utopia, Thomas More's book printed in Leuven in 1516, and celebrated only recently in New York at the Yale Club in the presence of Prof. Torfs. More info on the ceremony can be found here

  • 03 Aug 2016 8:21 AM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    This unique book, printed in Leuven in Latin, was the masterpiece of the famous Thomas More, who was amongst others a councillor to King Henry VIII of England. His book was translated in English in 1551.

    See Events for a activity honoring Thomas More's ideas on Utopia. 

  • 12 Jul 2016 3:56 PM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)
    The Reuters Top 100 aims to identify which institutions contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy. KU Leuven earned its first place rank, in part, by putting out a high volume of influential inventions. Its researchers submit more patents than almost any other university in Europe, and outside researchers frequently cite KU Leuven inventions in their own patent applications.
  • 23 Mar 2016 9:24 AM | Jan Wauters (Administrator)

    Georges Lemaitre, Belgian priest and professor of Physics in Leuven, was celebrated on the occasion of remembrance of his death 50 years go. 

    The Belgian Ambassador in Washington DC hosted a seminar dedicated to Lemaitre at his residence on March 15. Keynote speakers were John Mather, Nobel Laureate and Sr. Astrophysicist at NASA, and Prof. Lambert, University of Namur, author of "The atom of the universe: the life and work of Georges Lemaitre.

    Location of the Lemaitre conference
    Belgian Residence, Washington DC.

    Keynotes by 
    Dr. John Mather, Nobel Laureate in Physics [for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer Satellite COBE] and NASA's project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor of the Hubble Telescope.

    Prof. Dominique Lambert, Director of the Department of Philosophy, University of Namur.


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