Hasselt University

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Hasselt University
UHasselt logog.png
Motto'Knowledge in Action'
Established1971 (UHasselt since 2005)
Budget89.6 million euro (2016)
RectorLuc De Schepper (2004 - now)
Administrative staff
± 1,296 (2017)
Students± 6,395 (2016-2017)
CampusDiepenbeek and Hasselt

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). On June 15, 2005 the university changed its name to Hasselt University.

Currently, the universities of Hasselt and Maastricht work together as the Transnational University Limburg (tUL). Together with Hogeschool PXL, it established the Limburg Association of Higher Education (AUHL).

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


Hasselt University - Oude Gevangenis

Hasselt University was officially established in 1971 as ‘Limburgs Universitair Centrum’ (LUC), but it was not until 1973 that the university – literally – opened its doors and welcomed its first students. Until 1991 the university was, in fact, an undergraduate level university institution with two faculties: the Faculty of Medicine-Dentistry and the Faculty of Sciences (with study programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology). In 1991 the university expanded the reach of its curriculum by transforming the Limburg Business School (Economische Hogeschool Limburg), an independent university college which was located on the same campus in Diepenbeek, into the Faculty of Applied Economics. At the same time, Hasselt University became entitled to organize postgraduate programmes and award doctoral degrees in its three faculties.

International collaborations[edit]

In 2001 the Flemish and Dutch Ministers of Education signed an International Treaty by which the transnational University Limburg (tUL) was founded. Academic staff from Hasselt University and from nearby Maastricht University (in the Dutch Province of Limburg) since then jointly undertake research activities and offer degree programmes in Life Sciences and Computer Sciences.

Limburg Association of Higher Education[edit]

In 2002 Hasselt University, together with Hogeschool PXL established the Limburg Association of Higher Education (AUHL). The AUHL was founded to enhance cooperation between higher education institutions in the region.

Cycling path towards campus Diepenbeek

New city campus[edit]

In the past decade Hasselt University has expanded its curriculum thoroughly. Since September 2004,the university offers a unique programme (bachelor and master) in Transportation Sciences. A bachelor programme in Law was established in September 2008, in cooperation with Maastricht University and KU Leuven. Three years later a master programme in Law was created.

2012 proved to be a new milestone in the university’s young existence, with the inauguration of the ‘city campus’ in Hasselt.

Higher education reform[edit]

In September 2013 four new (bachelor and master) programmes were added to the university’s curriculum: Architecture, Interior Design, Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy and Industrial Sciences. This expansion also entailed the creation of two new faculties: the Faculty of Architecture & Arts and the Faculty of Engineering Technology. That brings the total number of faculties to six, alongside the Faculty of Business Economics, Faculty of Medicine & Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Law. In 2014, the School of Transportation Sciences was established.

Hasselt University is home to about 6,000 students and 1,200 academic, administrative and technical staff members.


Universiteit Hasselt - Campus Diepenbeek

Campus Hasselt[edit]

The head office of Hasselt University is located at campus Hasselt. 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 City Jail’). The former city prison provides a new home to primarily law students, with several study rooms and two auditoriums. The Student Service Center, where enrollment of new students takes place, is also located in the ‘Oude Gevangenis’.

Campus Diepenbeek[edit]

Since 1973 Hasselt University is located on the Campus Diepenbeek, which occupies a 75-acre site. Moreover, several institutes for applied research, an incubator for starting small enterprises, and several small businesses interacting with the research activities of the university are located on campus Diepenbeek. Building D includes the agora, the student restaurant and the library.


Faculty Bachelor's programmes Master's programmes
Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Physiotherapy
  • Biomedical Sciences
    • Molecular Mechanisms in Health and Disease
    • Clinical Biomedical Sciences
    • Environmental Health Sciences
    • Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology
  • Physiotherapy
Faculty of Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Sciences
  • Construction
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Electromechanics
  • Energy
  • Electronics-ICT
  • Nuclear technology
  • Packaging technology
Faculty of Business Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Business Engineering
  • Business Engineering in Management Information Systems
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Engineering
  • Business Engineering in Management Information Systems
  • Master of management
Faculty of Law
  • Law
  • Administration of justice
  • Government and law
Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Architecture
  • Interior architecture
  • Architecture
  • Interior architecture
School for Transportation Sciences
  • Transportation Sciences
  • Road Traffic Safety
  • Mobility Management


Student population:[1]

  • 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

In 2016, 15% fewer students enrolled for the new academic year, with just 1,250 freshmen starting.[2]

Staff population: On February 1, 2014, 1,100 staff members were employed at Hasselt University.[3]


Hasselt University has six 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 66 honorary degrees. In 2013, Martin Cooper - also known as 'father of the mobile phone' - joined the UHasselt Honorary Doctors. He was nominated by the Student Council.

University medal

Honorary Doctors Hasselt University[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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