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University library view from bar Commerce, Leuven (c) Layla Aerts
Leuven is home to the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and numerous top-level University Colleges. KU Leuven is one of the oldest and most renowned universities of Europe, with a focus on research and education. It ranks 58th in the World Top 200 published by The Times in the UK. Vlerick Management School, with a campus in Leuven, is among the Top 20 in the annual Financial Times ranking.

Leuven is renowned for its research and development, with the quality of its academic research centres, incubators, science parks and technology spin-offs among the highest in Europe.

KU Leuven in particular is highly regarded in the international research landscape as one of the most innovative universities in the world. Three of the five Strategic Research Centres in Flanders are located in Leuven. They develop cutting-edge technologies and processes that will shape tomorrow’s society: 

  • IMEC: Europe’s leading research centre in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology
  • VIB: world-class centre for life sciences expertise with 6 of its 13 research departments based in Leuven
  • FlandersMake: the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. 
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