The University Foundation is the meeting place
- for all academics in Belgium,
- for academics and members of civil society,
- for academics in Belgium, foreign academics and members of international organizations.
The various initiatives of the University Foundation are described on this website. For some parts of the website that are not relevant for international visitors there is no English version.
A new cycle of lunch-debates of the initiative "A World of Cities" is organized on Friday 21 April 2017 (Strategy in Flanders) , on Tuesday 30 May 2017 (Infrastructure and Landscape), and on Friday 30 June 2017 (Quality of Life in European Cities).
The next activity of Re-Bel will take place on Thursday June,15, 2017 and will take with the topic: 'Multiculturalism and integration policy in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels".
Thursday 14 December 2017: Patriotism at the local, regional, national and European levels: Are they compatible? Are they necessary?
Thursday 14 June 2018: Mobility policy: too centralized or too decentralized?
Thursday 13 December 2018: Belgium's 6th state reform: how good was it?
More information: www.rethinkingbelgium.eu.
For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.
For the he concerts at Bozar for the next academic year the reader is referred to the relevant news item on the Dutch or French web pages.
Wednesday May 17, 2017: Guided visit of the exhibition "Rik Wouters" at Bozar.
Wednesday May 31, 2017 : Guided visits of the exhibitions "Pol Bury" and "Yves Klein" at Bozar.
Monday June 19, 2017 : Evening activity at the occasion of the publication of the recent book by Prof. Mark Eyskens.
Friday June 23, 2017: Excursion with visits of gardens in St Pieters-Leeuw and Gaasbeek.
Cultural trips planned in the present academic year:
- Monday May 22 to Saturday May 25, 2017: Cultural trip to Tuscany, guided by Mr. Damien Wigny.
- Friday August 4 to Saturday August 12; 2017: Festival Crete Seresi.
- Tuesday October 3 to Saturday October 7, 2017: Roman Art in le Roussillon, guided by Prof. Jacqueline Leclercq–Marx (ULB) and Prof. Dierik Verbeelen (VUB).
For further information please see the French or Dutch web pages.
As in recent years, thanks to the good relations with the organisation, the University Fountation has the possibility to offer its Club members seats for some concerts of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2017 (Cello). More information on the web pages in Dutch or French.
In an offical ceremony at the University Foundation on Tuesday December 12, 2016, the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to dr. Sofie Cools for her Ph. D. thesis “De bevoegdheidsverdeling tussen algemene vergadering en raad van bestuur in de NV”, published by Roularta Media Group, 2015, 735 p. She obtained her Ph. D. from the KU Leuven in 2014 with Professor Koen Geens as supervisor.
The composition of the jury was as follows: H. Bocken (chairman), K. Byttebier, K. Byttebier, H. Cousy, B. Deconinck, F. Deruyck, P. Popelier, H. Swennen, M. Van Damme, W. Van Eeckhoutte, A. Van Oevelen, I. Verougstraete, J. Wouters and A. Wylleman.
The 15th Ethical Forum took place at the University Foundation on Thursday December 8, 2016, and addressed the question "Is Academia a place for women? The strenuous road from Ph. D. student to rector." The ecvent was very successful, with very good presentations and a lively discussion.
During the academic year 2016-2017 an international postgraduate course in Football Business is organized in the premises of the University Foundation. This postgraduate is organized under the academic responsibility of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB, see http://www.vub.ac.be/en/) by the International Football Business Institute (IFBI, see ifbi.brussels). More information on the programme as well as on the procedure to apply can be found on the website of the IFBI.
In the spring of 2015 the University Foundation and "la Fondation pour l’environnement urbain Pierre Laconte" organized a first cycle of lunch debates on the theme «A World of Cities» for the members of the Foundation and also for a broader public (faculties, economic, social and cultural organisations, ...).
This initiative and this collaboration was continued in the autumn of 2015 with a new cycle of three lunch debates with a broader scope. The same in the spring of 2016.
In the automn of 2016 a fourth series of three lunch debates is organized.
- Monday October 3, 2016 at 12.15 pm "Land use, population density and life quality in urbanized Belgium : an agenda for action".
- Thursday November 24, 2016 at 12.15 pm "Cities as consumers of the environment - a global management exercise".
- Friday December 2, 2016 at 12.15 pm. "The quality of the landscapes and the quality of the urban and rural environment".
For further information please see the Dutch or the French section of the web site.
Professor Walter Van Gerven, for many years president of the jury for the Fernand Collin Prize for Law, passed away on July 12, 2015.
Professor Louis Baeck, honorary Executive Director of the University Foundation, passed away on November 29, 2014, at the age of 86, at his home in Heverlee.
Louis Baeck was Professor of world and development economics at KU Leuven and was the author of a large number of books and scientific papers in his field.
From 1982 to 2001 he was the Executive Director of the University Foundation. During his tenure he carried out an extensive renovation of the University Foundation's infrastructure (meeting rooms and hotel facilities), while respecting the historic tradition and style of the building. He was very attached to the Foundation and he was proud to have been able to contribute to its restructuring in order to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.