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Universite libre de Bruxelles

Location

Brussels Campus, Brussels Belgium

Ranking

# =210QS World University Rankings

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2Undergraduate programs

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9Postgraduate programs

About Universite libre de Bruxelles

Founded in1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is apublic-funded independent research university with several campuses located inand around the Belgian and European capital, giving researchers and a30,000-strong student body (headcount 2019) every opportunity to embrace allthe perks of this vibrant international city.

ULB offersabout 40 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250 graduate courses. Easilyaccessible by train from several major European cities in under two hours, ULB’sstudent intake is about one-third international with 20 per cent coming fromEurope. Although it is a French-speaking institution, international studentscan take advantage of university language courses to improve their French andan increasing number of Master’s programmes are taught in English. ULB hasstrong links with international institutions in Brussels and works closely withthe Vrije Universiteit Brussel, its sister Flemish-speaking University alsobased in the capital.

Theuniversity’s more relevant than ever philosophy focuses on the idea of freedomof inquiry and ULB is renowned for its debate culture and for its commitment toall progressive causes. ULB, in particular, is still at the forefront of thefight for women's rights and for reproductive rights in Belgium. Its governingbodies, staff and student organisations are also very active in local andinternational debates around migration, academic freedom and sustainabledevelopment. Its internal democracy has students represented on decision-makingbodies at all levels.

ULB’s Latinmotto can be translated as “conquering darkness with knowledge” and itsscholars have won a variety of awards including four scientific Nobel prizes,24 Francqui Prizes (a Belgian scholarly award), and a Fields Medal. ULB'salumni network is present all over the World.

The University has 12 faculties and covers most scientific fields, fromMedicine to Law, from Business to Engineering, from Philosophy to Architecture

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About Universite libre de Bruxelles

Founded in1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is apublic-funded independent research university with several campuses located inand around the Belgian and European capital, giving researchers and a30,000-strong student body (headcount 2019) every opportunity to embrace allthe perks of this vibrant international city.

ULB offersabout 40 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250 graduate courses. Easilyaccessible by train from several major European cities in under two hours, ULB’sstudent intake is about one-third international with 20 per cent coming fromEurope. Although it is a French-speaking institution, international studentscan take advantage of university language courses to improve their French andan increasing number of Master’s programmes are taught in English. ULB hasstrong links with international institutions in Brussels and works closely withthe Vrije Universiteit Brussel, its sister Flemish-speaking University alsobased in the capital.

Theuniversity’s more relevant than ever philosophy focuses on the idea of freedomof inquiry and ULB is renowned for its debate culture and for its commitment toall progressive causes. ULB, in particular, is still at the forefront of thefight for women's rights and for reproductive rights in Belgium. Its governingbodies, staff and student organisations are also very active in local andinternational debates around migration, academic freedom and sustainabledevelopment. Its internal democracy has students represented on decision-makingbodies at all levels.

ULB’s Latinmotto can be translated as “conquering darkness with knowledge” and itsscholars have won a variety of awards including four scientific Nobel prizes,24 Francqui Prizes (a Belgian scholarly award), and a Fields Medal. ULB'salumni network is present all over the World.

The University has 12 faculties and covers most scientific fields, fromMedicine to Law, from Business to Engineering, from Philosophy to Architecture

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Rankings & ratings

Universite libre de Bruxelles is one of the top public universities in Brussels, Belgium. It is ranked #=210 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #172
  • 2014
    #=168
  • 2015
    #=173
  • 2016
    #207
  • 2017
    #=216
  • 2018
    #=205
  • 2019
    #=239
  • 2020
    #251
  • 2021
    #250
  • 2022
    #=207
  • 2023
    #=210

Ranking criteria

42.5
Overall
34.3
Academic Reputation
50.4
Employer Reputation
4.1
Faculty Student Ratio
67.8
Citations per Faculty
96.6
International Faculty Ratio
86.3
International Students Ratio
82.2
International Research Network
49.6
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Available programs

The city of Brussels is the capital of a federal state which has three different administrative regions based on language and has been at the heart of Europe. It naturally follows that the city should have a university in keeping with its standing and the ULB, with its 24,000 students, 29% of whom come from abroad, and its very cosmopolitan body of staff, is an intrinsically international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world.The ULB is a multicultural institution which has 11 faculties and 2 school or institute and is, at the same time, a comprehensive university providing academic tuition in all disciplines and study cycles.With its three Nobel Prize winners, a Fields medal, three Wolf Prize, two Marie Curie Prizes and 29% of the Francqui prizes awarded, the university is also a major research centre which is recognised by the academic community the world over.Nor does it shirk its social, societal and scientific commitments, which it meets through combining broad access to higher education with excellent quality research and through its role in furthering economic development in the regions where it is located (Brussels and Wallonia). The ULB also has a teaching hospital, the Erasme Hospital, a specialist institute for studying cancer, the Institut Bordet, and an extensive hospital network. For about a decade now the university has been actively involved in maximising research potential in both Brussels and Charleroi, where it has set up a biotechnology pole around its renowned Institute for Biology and Molecular Medicine (IBMM) & Institute of Medical Immunology( IMI).As a public university, which is recognised and subsidised by the Belgian authorities, the ULB receives government funding today to the tune of 60% of its overall budget.Founded on the principle of free-thinking analysis which advocates independent reasoning and the rejection of dogma in all its forms, the ULB has remained true to its original ideals, an institution free from any form of control which is committed to defending democratic humanist values, an approach it also extends to the way that it is run.

The city of Brussels is the capital of a federal state which has three different administrative regions based on language and has been at the heart of Europe. It naturally follows that the city should have a university in keeping with its standing and the ULB, with its 24,000 students, 29% of whom come from abroad, and its very cosmopolitan body of staff, is an intrinsically international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world.The ULB is a multicultural institution which has 11 faculties and 2 school or institute and is, at the same time, a comprehensive university providing academic tuition in all disciplines and study cycles.With its three Nobel Prize winners, a Fields medal, three Wolf Prize, two Marie Curie Prizes and 29% of the Francqui prizes awarded, the university is also a major research centre which is recognised by the academic community the world over.Nor does it shirk its social, societal and scientific commitments, which it meets through combining broad access to higher education with excellent quality research and through its role in furthering economic development in the regions where it is located (Brussels and Wallonia). The ULB also has a teaching hospital, the Erasme Hospital, a specialist institute for studying cancer, the Institut Bordet, and an extensive hospital network. For about a decade now the university has been actively involved in maximising research potential in both Brussels and Charleroi, where it has set up a biotechnology pole around its renowned Institute for Biology and Molecular Medicine (IBMM) & Institute of Medical Immunology( IMI).As a public university, which is recognised and subsidised by the Belgian authorities, the ULB receives government funding today to the tune of 60% of its overall budget.Founded on the principle of free-thinking analysis which advocates independent reasoning and the rejection of dogma in all its forms, the ULB has remained true to its original ideals, an institution free from any form of control which is committed to defending democratic humanist values, an approach it also extends to the way that it is run.

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