University of Antwerp

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University of Antwerp
Universiteit Antwerpen
Universiteit Antwerpen logo.svg
Logo of the University of Antwerp
Type Public
Established 1852; 166 years ago (1852)
Affiliation Aurora, Utrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVA0
Rector Herman Van Goethem
Academic staff
Increase ± 5000
Students Increase ± 20 000
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Campus City Campus
Campus Middelheim
Campus Groenenborger
Campus Drie Eiken
Colours Red and blue          
Nickname UA

The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. The name is abbreviated as UAntwerp, as the abbreviation UA should no longer be used.[citation needed]

As of 2014, the University of Antwerp ranks as 170th globally according to Times Higher Education,[1] 205th according to QS World University Rankings[2] and between the 201 and 300th place according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[3]



The university's roots go back to Sint-Ignatius Handelshogeschool (Saint-Ignatius School for Higher Education in Commerce) founded by the Jesuit (Society of Jesus) in Antwerp in 1852. This was one of the first European business schools to offer formal university degrees. It later opened a Faculty of Literature and Philosophy (including Law) and a Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. It was renamed Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen (UFSIA) in the 1960s when the Belgian government granted it university status. In the early 1970s UFSIA joined into a confederation with "Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen" (RUCA) and "Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen" (UIA), public institutions.[4]


In 2003 UFSIA, RUCA, and UIA merged into the University of Antwerp to become the first explicitly pluralistic university in Belgium, offering philosophical, ethical, and spiritual discourse and openness towards religion and intercultural dialogue. It soon became the third largest university in Flanders with 20,000 students. In order to face the challenges posed by the internationalization of European education and research, the University is part of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA). The Catholic influence that the Jesuits had at UFSIA continues through the Saint Ignatius University Centre (UCSIA), Antwerp, founded in 2003.


The University of Antwerp has 33 academic bachelor programmes, 69 master programmes, 18 master-after-master programmes and 23 postgraduates. In addition, there are 31 programmes completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master and 4 postgraduate programmes). All of these programmes are divided into 9 faculties.

  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Arts
  • Design Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Science

The Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) has an autonomous faculty-like UAntwerp status and Antwerp Management School is an autonomous school within the University of Antwerp.


The large quad of the Stadscampus

The nine campuses are located all over the city of Antwerp, from the historic city centre to the green belt to the south of the city.

  • Stadscampus: Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
  • Campus Middelheim: Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp
  • Campus Groenenborger: Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp
  • Campus Drie Eiken: Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerp
  • Campus Hoboken: Salesianenlaan 90, 2660 Hoboken
  • Campus Merksem: Jaak De Boeckstraat 10, 2170 Merksem
  • Campus Mutsaard: Mutsaardstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Zuid: Schildersstraat 41, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Paardenmarkt: Paardenmarkt 92, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Brantijser: Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13, 2000 Antwerpen

Academic ranking[edit]

(2017, national)
(2017, world)
(2018, national)
(2018, world)
(2018, national)
(2018, world)

In the 2010 QS World University Rankings[11] the University of Antwerp was ranked 179th overall in the world. On the 2009 THE–QS World University Rankings list (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings), University of Antwerp was ranked on a shared 177th place.[12] An overview of the THE-QS World University Rankings up to 2009:

Year Rank (Change)
2005 235
2006 252 (Decrease 17)
2007 187 (Increase 65)
2008 195 (Decrease 8)
2009 177 (Increase 18)
2010 179 (Decrease 2)
2011 197= (Decrease 18)

Times Higher Education World University Ranking:

Year Rank (Change)
2012-2013 192
2013-2014 164
2014-2015 170
2015-2016 190

Notable alumni[edit]





Linguistics and Literature & Philosophy[edit]

Political and Social Sciences[edit]


Notable faculty[edit]

Student life[edit]


The University of Antwerp has a long tradition in organizing international student championships. The following FISU, EUSA and IFIUS events have been organized:

Student organisations[edit]

At the University of Antwerp there are faculty clubs and regional clubs. All these clubs are governed by VUAS. The student newspaper is called "Dwars".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World University Rankings 2014-2015". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2014/15". Top Universities. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking. 2014. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "universitair centrum sint ignatius antwerpen - UCSIA - History". Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 - UK". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018 - United Kingdom". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "World University Rankings 2018 - United Kingdom". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "World University Rankings 2018". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results". 
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Top Universities. 2012. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen vzw". KMDA. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°13′22″N 04°24′36″E / 51.22278°N 4.41000°E / 51.22278; 4.41000