Welcome to the website of the University Foundation

  • Auditorium or banquet room in different sizes
  • The complete progam of our club activities
  • Discover our Twinning Partners around the world

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.

Our embers and partners were invited to our New Year's reception on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. During this reception, on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Academy, an exchange of views was organized on the question: "Does the Academy still have a role in the 21st century? If so, which one? – " Mr. Karel VELLE (KVAB - Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten) and Mr. Michel WILLEM (ARB - Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique) gave their thoughts on this question. The conversation was moderated by Mrs. Dominique WILLEMS.

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The Club is at your service after the vacation : restaurant, meeting rooms, hotel and activities...

For reservations at the restaurant, please contact restaurant@universityfoundation.be.

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The University Foundation regularly organizes academic activities and cultural activities for its members and other interested parties: lunch debates, evening lectures, visits to art exhibitions, music performances in Bozar, opera in La Monnaie... Most of these activities are organized in French and Dutch, sometimes, but rarely, only in French or only in Dutch. Therefore they are not explicitly mentioned on the English version of the website. The interested reader is refererred to the French and the Dutch versions of the website for further information.Read more

In 2022 the University Foundation started a series of panel debates In its new “Speakers' Corner” series, which will give the floor to British speakers and speakers from EU on UK-EU affairs. The next activitey takes place on May 15, 2023, at 6 pm and deals with the question  "The UK and the EU in a changing world. Time for a new departure?". Panelists are - Professor Anand Menon (King’s College London), Sir Ivan Rogers (last UK permanent representative to the EU) and Stefaan De Rynck (Head of the Commission representation in Belgium and former senior adviser to BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier). Moderator is Paul Adamson, chairman of the UK/EU Forum. Concluding re marks are formulated by Jim Cloos, SG of TEPSA  and Senior Associate Fellow of  the Egmont Institute. This activity is organized in collaboration by the University FoundationTEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association), and the Egmont Institute.
The debate is followed by a reception.
Please register before 8 May 2023. Participation fee: 25 € p.p.  To register click here.

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The next activity of Re-Bel will be devoted to the proposal of a federal constituency (circonscription fédérale, federale kieskring). It will be held on Wednesday 22 March 2023 from 5 to 7pm at the University Foundation. The introductory panel will consist of Egbert LACHAERT (voorzitter Open VLD), Peter DE ROOVER (fractievoorzitter Kamer N-VA), Anne LAMBELIN (vice-présidente PS), Christian BEHRENDT (ULiège & KU Leuven) and Petra MEIER (UAntwerpen). The conversation will be moderated, as usual, by Béatrice DELVAUX (Le Soir) and Karel VERHOEVEN (De Standaard).

This activity was organized in a hybrid format, both live and on line. A limited number of on-site places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and other participants will be able to attend online. The event will be bilingual Dutch-French, with simultaneous translation available online. 

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In an official ceremony at the University Foundation on 5 December 2022,  the Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to Dr. Janek Tomasz NOWAK  for his doctoral thesis "Ambtshalve toepassing van EU-recht door de Belgische burgerlijke rechter". The laureate obtained his Ph. D. from the KU Leuven in 2021. The thesis was supervised by Prof. dr. Piet Van Nuffel and Prof. dr. Benoît Allemeersch.Read more

Since 1962, a Fernand Collin Prize for Law has been awarded for scientific works carried out in Flemish universities, first every ten years, and later, from 1982, every two years, as a tribute to Fernand Collin (1897-1990), president of the Kredietbank from 1938 to 1973 and also professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. The administrative organization for the submission of applications and for the work of the jury is taken care of by the University Foundation.
This prestigious prize was reserved for works in Dutch. Since more and more scientific works in the universities in Flanders are written in English, it was decided to organize, in addition to the biennial Fernand Collin Prize for Dutch-language research works (in even years), a biennial Prize for English-language works (in odd years). ) for doctoral works or other research works in legal sciences, realized in the universities in Flanders. This Fernand Collin Prize for English language research works is organized for the first time in 2023.
Applications for the first "Fernand Collin Prize" for English-language works were invited before January 15, 2023. All information, the announcement poster, and the regulations are available on the website using this link.Read more


The University Foundation has two new twinning partners : the « Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club » in Amsterdam and the « Grémio Literário » in Lissabon.


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This year, the Ethical Forum of the University Foundati onorganised an exchange of views on the societal function of universities, with the challenging title

Is politics part of the universities’ job?

This edition of the Ethical Forum was dedicated to Caroline Pauwels (honorary rector VUB) who passed away on August 5, 2022.
The Ethical Forum 2022 took place on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 2 to 6 pm, at the University Foundation.
For a description of the subject and the programme,the reader is referred to the EF 2022 website.Read more

Tuesday 15 March 2022: As one of the activities organized by the University Foundation in which members talk about a recently published book about their scientific expertise, we are organizing a talk with Jean-Jacques Degroof about his book: From the Basement to the dome. How MIT's Unique Culture Created a Thriving Entrepreneurial Community (MIT Press, 2021).The speaker will be introducd by Prof. Sophie Manigart (UGent and Vlerick Business School).
Due to the topic, the activity will take place in English.
Causerie followed by a reception.
Participation 15 € per person.Registration form. Register and pay before 12 March.
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