University of Antwerp

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University of Antwerp
Universiteit Antwerpen
Established2003; 21 years ago (2003)
1973 (confederation)
1852 (Institut Saint-Ignace)
AffiliationUtrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVAO, YUFE, UASR
RectorHerman Van Goethem [nl]
Academic staff
Increase 6,205
StudentsIncrease 21,133
Location, ,
CampusCity Campus
Campus Mutsaard
Campus Paardenmarkt
Campus Drie Eiken
Campus Middelheim
Campus Groenenborger
ColoursUAntwerp red and UAntwerp blue[1]

The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is a major Belgian university located in the city of Antwerp. The official abbreviation is UAntwerp. The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. The University of Antwerp is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities.

In September 2020, the University of Antwerp chose to start the new academic year with stricter coronavirus measures than those recommended by the government.[2]



The university's roots go back to Sint-Ignatius Handelshogeschool (Saint-Ignatius School for Higher Education in Commerce) founded by the Jesuits (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.[3]


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 34 academic bachelor programmes, 83 master programmes, 26 master-after-master programmes and 21 postgraduates. In addition, there are 26 programmes completely taught in English (1 bachelor, 16 master, 6 master-after-master and 3 postgraduate programmes). All of these programmes are divided into 9 faculties.

  • Business and Economics
  • Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Arts
  • Design Sciences (including architecture and conservation)
  • Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Applied Engineering 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.


Campus Middelheim building A
The large quad of the Stadscampus

The six 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 Antwerpen
  • Campus Mutsaard: Mutsaardstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Paardenmarkt: Paardenmarkt 92, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Drie Eiken: Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk (Antwerpen)
  • Campus Middelheim: Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen
  • Campus Groenenborger: Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerpen

Academic ranking[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[4]201–300 (2022)
CWUR World[5]293 (2022–23)
CWTS World[6]400 (2022)
QS World[7]280 (2023)
QS Under 50[8]20 (2021)
THE World[9]=131 (2023)
THE Young Universities[9]7 (2022)
USNWR Global[10]=223 (2022–23)

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 2011:

Year Rank (Change)
2005 235
2006 252 (Decrease17)
2007 187 (Increase65)
2008 195 (Decrease8)
2009 177 (Increase18)
2010 179 (Decrease2)
2011 197 (Decrease18)

Times Higher Education World University Ranking:

Year Rank (Change)
2011–2012 276–300
2012–2013 192 (Increase84–108)
2013–2014 164 (Increase28)
2014–2015 170 (Decrease6)
2015–2016 190 (Decrease20)
2016–2017 201–250 (Decrease11–60)
2017–2018 201–250 (Steady)
2018–2019 201–250 (Steady)
2019–2020 198 (Increase3–52)
2020–2021 170 (Increase28)
2021–2022 143 (Increase27)
2022–2023 131 (Increase12)

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, regional clubs and political clubs.[14] Faculty bound clubs are governed by VUAS which consists of Unifac and ASK-Stuwer. Political and philosophical clubs are governed by PFK-Antwerpen. The student newspaper is called "Dwars".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Colours - website of UAntwerp
  2. ^ "Code orange: three Flemish universities tighten measures for new academic year". The Brussels Times. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  3. ^ "universitair centrum sint ignatius antwerpen - UCSIA - History". Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  4. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". ShanghaiRanking. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2020-2021". Center for World University Rankings. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  6. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 - P(top 10%)". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". Top Universities. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  8. ^ "QS Top 50 Under 50 2021". Top Universities. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  9. ^ a b "THE World University Rankings: University of Antwerp". Times Higher Education (THE). 21 June 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  10. ^ "USNWR Best Global Universities Rankings: University of Antwerp". Retrieved 2022-11-18.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Top Universities. 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Clara Cleymans binnenkort als Nina in 'Thuis'" (in Dutch). TVvisie. March 9, 2010.
  14. ^ "Student associations - University of Antwerp".

External links[edit]

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