University of Hasselt
|Motto||'Knowledge in Action'|
|Established||1971 (UHasselt since 2005)|
|Rector||Luc De Schepper|
|Admin. staff||± 1,100 (2014)|
|Students||± 5,500 (2014)|
Hasselt University (Dutch: Universiteit Hasselt) is a university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It was officially established in 1971, as the Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC). However, it was not until 1973 that the university - literally - opened its doors and welcomed its first students.
On June 15, 2005 the university changed its name to Hasselt University.
The university consists of 6 faculties:
- The Faculty of Law
- The Faculty of Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Biology and Chemistry);
- The Faculty of Business Economics (Applied Economics and Commercial Engineering)
- The Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences (Medicine and Biomedical Sciences).
- The Faculty of Engineering Technology
- The Faculty of Arts and Architecture
The rector of the university currently is Prof. Luc de Schepper, the vice rectors are Prof. Paul Janssen and Prof. Jean-Michel Rigo.
Hasselt is situated about one hour driving from cities such as Brussels, Antwerp and Aachen (Germany), and is very near to Liège and Maastricht (the Netherlands).
Hasselt University has two campuses: one in Diepenbeek and one in Hasselt. Campus Diepenbeek occupies an 150 acre site in the middle of Limburg's green belt. The 'city campus' in Hasselt was inaugurated in September 2012. The complex consists of three buildings, located near each other: the Vice Chancellor’s Office Building, the Faculty of Law and the ‘Oude Gevangenis’ (the renovated ‘Old Prison’). The former prison provides a new home to primarily law students, with several study rooms and two auditoriums. The several old prison cells are rebuilt into small study rooms, which can give place for 3 students. The Student Service Center, where enrollment of new students takes place, is also located in the ‘Oude Gevangenis’.
- 2008-2009: 2,628 students
- 2009-2010: 2,886 students
- 2010-2011: 3,084 students
- 2011-2012: 3,310 students
- 2013-2014: 5,500 students
Staff population: On February 1, 2014, 1,100 staff members were employed at Hasselt University.
Hasselt University has seven research institutes:
- BIOMED - Biomedical Research Institute
- CenStat - Centre for Statistics
- CMK - Centre for Environmental Sciences
- EDM - Expertise Centre for Digital Media
- IMO - Institute for Material Research
- IMOB - Transportation Research Institute
- KIZOK - Knowledge Institute for innovation management and Small and medium enterprise
The most important student organisation is the Student Council or StuRa. This body of 14 elected students makes sure the student's rights are respected in every way. The chairman also has a seat in the university's Board of Governors.
Other student organisations at Hasselt University are:
- AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) http://www.aieseclimburg.be
- Junior Consulting (A student consultancy organisation)
- Dip's (For students biology and chemistry) http://www.dips.be
- Filii Lamberti (For students mathematics, physics and CS) http://www.filii.be
- Miezerik (For medicine students) http://miezerik.luc.ac.be
- Biomedica (For students biomedical sciences) http://biomedica.uhasselt.be
- Hermes (For students economy) http://www.hermesdiepenbeek.be/
- Commeatus A new organisation for students who study transport studies. http://www.commeatus.be (Site in Dutch only)
- AES (Association for Exchange Students) http://student.uhasselt.be/~aesaix
- CCG (Christelijke Campus Gemeenschap ; Christian Campus Society) http://www.ccgdiepenbeek.be
- VLUG (Vrijzinnig Limburgs Universitair Genootschap ; Secular Limburgish University Society)
Over the past four decades, Hasselt University has bestowed more than fifty honorary degrees. In 2013, Martin Cooper - internationally renowned as 'father of the mobile phone' - joined the circle of UHasselt Honorary Doctors. He was nominated by the Student Council. On May 28, 2014, NYT-columnist, best-selling author and three times Pulitzer Prize laureate Thomas Friedman was also awarded an honorary doctorate.
- Science and technology in Flanders
- Limburg Science Park
- University Foundation
- Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology (VIB)
- Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)
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