University of Hasselt

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Hasselt University
Universiteit Hasselt logo.svg
Motto 'Knowledge in Action'
Established 1971 (UHasselt since 2005)
Rector Luc De Schepper
Admin. staff ± 1,100 (2014)
Students Increase ± 5,500 (2014)
Location Hasselt, Belgium Belgium
Colours red, blue         
Nickname UHasselt

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.[citation needed]

The university consists of 6 faculties:[1]

The rector of the university currently is Prof. Luc de Schepper, the vice rectors are Prof. Paul Janssen and Prof. Jean-Michel Rigo.

University Hasselt-Maastricht[edit]

Currently, the universities of Hasselt and Maastricht work together as the Transnational University Limburg (tUL) for studies in IT and Biomedical Sciences.


Cycling path towards campus Diepenbeek

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’.


Student population:[2]

  • 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.[3]


Hasselt University has seven research institutes:

Student organisations[edit]

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:

Honorary Degrees[edit]

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.

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Coordinates: 50°55′31″N 05°23′27″E / 50.92528°N 5.39083°E / 50.92528; 5.39083