The large population of students creates a young, vibrant atmosphere and a pleasant bustle in historic Leuven. Thanks to its university, Leuven is an innovative and conveniently located center of knowledge, just a stone’s throw away from Brussels and Brussels Airport. However, Leuven is also a mecca for gourmets and tourists who want to relax. Here, culture and creativity rule. The town center boasts wonderful monuments, UNESCO heritage sites and a rich history, as well as modern urban renewal projects and a large shopping center.
Leuven MindGate was founded in 2016 when 29 leading knowledge institutions, companies and the city of Leuven joined forces. These three parties represent the Leuven ecosystem in a so-called Triple Helix model. Leuven MindGate is one of the world's prime regions for health, high-tech and creativity. It boasts a unique ecosystem of companies cooperating with knowledge institutions and the government, creating a breeding ground for companies, entrepreneurs, investors and talent.
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for almost six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English. These programmes are supported by high-quality inter disciplinary research carried out at both the university and its internationally acclaimed hospitals. Boasting an outstanding central location in the heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, world-class research, and cutting-edge innovation.