Universities in Leuven
The history of Leuven and its university are closely intertwined. Founded in 1425, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) is the oldest Catholic university in continuous operation and one of the oldest universities in the Low Countries (Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands).
Having played a key role in bringing the city to prominence as a centre of learning and an important scholarly archive, KU Leuven continues to produce research that enhances local business and development opportunities in medicine, biotech and related areas.
There are also several hogescholen (universities of applied science) based in Leuven, including Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven and UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL).
The primary language of instruction in Leuven is Dutch, but plenty of Masters programmes are available in English.
Careers in Leuven
KU Leuven has a reputation for encouraging innovation, and this is reflected by the city’s economy. Important sectors include health, technology and the creative industries. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewery, is headquartered in Leuven. Postgraduates might also be interested in opportunities at the many multinational organisations based in nearby Brussels.