Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park

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Created in 1971, Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park is the first of its kind[citation needed] in Belgium and is the largest in Wallonia (the French-speaking part of Belgium). It covers 231 hectares spread over the area of the town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and the municipality of Mont-Saint-Guibert (30 km away from Brussels).

Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park, aerial view

From the outset, the objectives pursued by the development of Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park were to develop cooperation between industry and the Université catholique de Louvain and to contribute to regional economic development. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental-friendliness, as well as the quality of the premises and their surroundings.

The main areas of activity are:

  • Life sciences
  • Fine chemistry
  • Information technologies
  • Engineering

Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park is now home to more than 135 innovative companies and their 4,500 employees, one business incubator and five business centres.

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