List of universities in Belgium

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In Belgium, which is a federal state, the constitution attributes legislative power over higher education to the Communities.[1] The Dutch-speaking Flemish Community, the French Community and the German Community thus determine which institutes of higher education they organise or recognise, and which diplomas may be legally issued by these institutes. Below is a list of recognised institutes of higher education in Belgium sorted by the responsible Community.[2]

Institutes of Higher Education in the Flemish Community[edit]

Universities[edit]

Six Flemish universities issue academic bachelor, master and doctoral degrees:

As a result of an international treaty between the Netherlands and Flanders, a co-operation between the Universiteit Hasselt (Flanders) and the Universiteit Maastricht (the Netherlands) is recognised as the

According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities[3] and the THES - QS World University Rankings,[4] four Flemish universities (Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Gent and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) are among the top-150 universities in Europe and top-300 universities worldwide.

University Colleges[edit]

All recognised Flemish University Colleges are associated with a Flemish University. The following university colleges, which issue professional bachelor, academic bachelor and master degrees, are recognised by the Flemish government:

Antwerp University Association: University Colleges associated with the University of Antwerp

Ghent University Association: University Colleges associated with Ghent University

University Association Brussels: University Colleges associated with Vrije Universiteit Brussel

K.U.Leuven Association: University Colleges associated with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Limburg University Association: University Colleges associated with Hasselt University

Registered Institutes of Higher Education[edit]

Finally, the Flemish government has recognised a number of "registered" institutes of higher education, which mostly issue specialised degrees or provide education mainly in a foreign language:

Institutes of Higher Education in the French Community[edit]

The French Community distinguishes between universities, colleges (Hautes Ecoles), arts colleges, and institutes of architecture. A list of all recognised institutes is maintained in the Annuaire de l'enseignement supérieur.[5]

Universities[edit]

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, two of these universities (Université catholique de Louvain and Université Libre de Bruxelles) are among the top-200 universities worldwide.

According to Webometrics Ranking of World Universities,[6] two of these universities (Université Libre de Bruxelles and Université de Liège) are among the top-200 universities in Europe and top-400 universities worldwide.

Colleges[edit]

Arts Colleges[edit]

Institutes recognized by All Communities[edit]

The academy of the Belgian Army is recognized as equivalent to a university by both the Flemish and the French Community:

Institutes recognized by foreign countries[edit]

The following institutes are not recognized by the Flemish or French speaking communities, but by a foreign country:

Institutions with external validation[edit]

The following academic institutions offer accredited degree programmes which are externally validated by foreign institutions of higher education and learning:

International rankings[edit]

According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 95 96 61 72 92
Catholic University of Louvain (Université Catholique de Louvain) 53 88 76 123 116 126
Ghent University (Universiteit Gent) 218 141 124 136 136
Antwerp University (Universiteit Antwerpen) 235 252 187 195 177
Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 54 76 165 154 183 191
Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) 258 133 229 214 227 238 204
University of Liège (Université de Liège) 296 201 262 271 291

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities:

Institution 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 102-151 101-152 101-152 102-150 102-150 101-151 101-150
Catholic University of Louvain (Université Catholique de Louvain) 201-250 101-152 101-152 102-150 102-150 101-151 101-150
University of Ghent (Universiteit Gent) 99 101-152 101-152 102-150 102-150 101-151 90
Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles/French) 201-250 101-152 101-152 102-150 102-150 101-151 101-150
University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) 251-300 202-301 203-300 201-300 203-304 201-302 201-300
University of Liège (Université de Liège) 301-350 202-301 203-300 201-300 203-304 201-302 201-300
Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Dutch) 351-400 302-403 401-500 301-400 305-402 303-401 401-500

According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities:

Institution Intern. Rank Europ. Rank
Catholic University of Louvain (Université Catholique de Louvain) 81 15
University of Ghent (Universiteit Gent) 275 104
Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles/French) 296 113
University of Liège (Université de Liège) 367 154
Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) 368 155
Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Dutch) 409 175
University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen) 600 264
University of Hasselt (Universiteit Hasselt) 1130 464
University of Mons-Hainaut (Université de Mons Hainaut) 1526

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belgian Constitution (Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  2. ^ Ministry of Education. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  3. ^ Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Cybermetrics Lab, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain. Retrieved on January 16, 2007
  4. ^ THES - QS World University Rankings 2007 QS Education Trust. Retrieved on January 16, 2007
  5. ^ Annuaire de l'enseignement supérieur Administration générale de l'Enseignement du Communauté française de Belgique. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  6. ^ Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Cybermetrics Lab, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain. Retrieved on November 20, 2007

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