Université de Namur
|University of Namur|
|Université de Namur|
Former seal of the University of Namur
|Students||4,287 (in 2006)|
Data as of 2006[update]
The University of Namur or Université de Namur, in Namur (Belgium), is a Jesuit, Catholic public university in the French Community of Belgium. Both teaching and research are carried out in six Faculties or university level schools in the fields of:
- Philosophy and Lettres
- Economic, Social, and Management Sciences
- Computer Sciences
On June 29, 2003, the FUNDP joined a network with three other French speaking, Catholic institutions in Belgium, the Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons, the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis and the Université catholique de Louvain forming the Académie Louvain. Explorations developed in 2007 for combining all four into one university, the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain). The plan for fusion was accepted by the three other institutions but on December 17, 2010 the FUNDP General Assembly failed to give the 80% needed for ratification.
Geography and Location 
The University of Namur is located in Namur, Belgium. The main campus is located at the heart of the city of Namur, capital of Wallonia, although there are also other FUNDP satellite campuses to be found in other cities such as Charleroi (known as Charleroi Antenna). The main university campus includes the university building, the six main faculties and the university libraries.
Foundation 1831-1846 
In the spring of 1831, the Society of Jesus reopened a high school in what was earlier the Our-Lady of Peace benedictine abbey, in Namur. The school immediately developed into a college with the support of prominent Namurian families. They put some conditions in order to finance the new project, the most important is teaching other sciences such as philosophy with the liberty of education as proclaimed by the new Belgian Constitution.
First expansions (1846-1928) 
Many expansions took place in this period, the number of students increased gradually, new sciences and study programmes were introduced.
Sensible progress (1929-1947) 
The New Belgian law excluded the institution from getting financial support from the government. This pushed the ambitious university to rely on its own sources and funds. Despite this, in 1934, many projects were launched: new building specific to physical and chemical studies, the expansion of Bells-Lettres library, modernization of some laboratories, many new titles were added to the seminars library.
Resuming the expansion (1948-1970) 
On February 18, 1948, the institution, formerly a college, changed its status to that of a university. This new status resulted in having some (limited and irregular) financial aid from the government.
Starting in 1960, after the introduction of new national financing laws, government aid increased and became regular. Many new projects and programmes came into being, improving the university's national and European visibility.
The big expansion (1971-1991) 
The university launched many important projects:
- 1971: Institute of Computer Science (now called Faculty of Computer Science): the first of its kind in Belgium and one of the leading institutions in Europe.
- 1972: Faculty of Law.
- 1974: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.
- 1979: New university library Moretus Plantin (more than 800,000 title at the time).
- 1990: Construction of Pedro Arrupe new amphitheater.
According to a 2007 agreement, the University of Namur with other three French-speaking catholic universities and colleges: Université Catholique de Louvain the biggest university in Belgium and located in Louvain-La-Neuve, the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL) located in Brussels and the Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons (FUCAM) located in Mons and Charleroi are going to form a new united university.
Negotiations started in September 2007 and they should lead to the creation of a new university which should be called Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) (campuses might be identified as UCL/Brussels, UCL/Namur, UCL/Louvain-la-Neuve, UCL/Mons and UCL/Charleroi). However, the negotiations for a full merger aborted by an insufficient vote by the general assembly of Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP) in December 2010. The four universities are already part of a common group, the "Academie Louvain". Within this group, member universities have coordinated their masters programmes in the fields of economics, management, political sciences and sciences.
Faculties and Libraries 
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Economics, Management and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Computer Science
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Philosophy and Literatures
- Education and Technology Department
- Living Languages School
- Moretus Platin Library
- Law Faculty Library
- Documentation Center and Religious Research library
Notable alumni 
- Jacques van Ypersele de Strihou, literature, private secretary of the King of Belgium
- Jean-François van Boxmeer, CEO of Heineken International
- Koen Lenaerts, Professor of Law and Judge at the European Court of Justice
Notes and references 
- New name since September 2012, formerly Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP): Le Vif.be - Les Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix deviennent l'Université de Namur
See also 
- Académie Louvain
- CeReFiM (Center for Research in Finance and Management)
- Crealys Science Park
- Education in Belgium
- List of universities in Belgium
- PReCISE (Research Center in Information Systems Engineering)
- Tocqueville Chair in Security Policies
- Science and technology in Wallonia
- Science Parks of Wallonia