Welcome to the website of the University Foundation

  • Auditorium or banquet room in different sizes
  • The complete progam of our club activities
  • Discover our Twinning Partners around the world

The University Foundation is the meeting place

  • for all academics in Belgium,
  • for academics and members of civil society,
  • for academics in Belgium, foreign academics and members of international organizations.

The various initiatives of the University Foundation are described on this website. For some parts of the website that are not relevant for international visitors there is no English version.

In 2018 a series of lunh-debates is organized to honour the memory of the former Executive Director Prof. Louis Baeck.

In the first semester 2018 a new series of four lunch-debates in the initiative "A World of Cities" is organised.

For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.

NEW ! The next edition of the Ethical Forum takes place on December 6, 2018, and deals with the increasing use of English as an instruction language in higher education in Belgium, with the provocative title "Towards Anglophone universities?".More information on the website of the Ethical Forum.

Future activities of Re-Bel :

  • Thursday 21 June 2018:  Belgium, a utopia for our times?
  • Thursday13 December 2018: Mobility and urban development in Belgium: how much can/should be decentralized?
  • Thursday 20 June 2019: Poverty: Minimum income and child benefits: Anti-poverty policy in Belgium’s three Regions.

More information: www.rethinkingbelgium.eu.

For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.

For the Queen Elisabeth contest, the concerts at Bozar and at La Monnaie, and the performances at the "Théâtre National" the reader is referred to the relevant news item on the Dutch or French web pages.

During the present academic year we organise the following cultural excursions for our members :

  • Thursday 19 and Friday 20 April 2018 : excursion to Leiden (Tjhe Netherlands).
  • From Wednesday 4 July till Sunday 8 July 2018 : excursion to Sils Maria, guided by prof. Michel FLAMEE
  • From Monday 24 September till Sunday 30 September 2018 : excursion  "following Johann Sebastian Bach".

For further information on these activities please refer to the French or Dutch web pages.

The University Foundation invites you to a debate on

Migration, population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and development cooperation

(part of the lecture cycle "Traveling with Prof. Louis Baeck in the global village",
organized in cooperation with Prof. Dirk Heremans.)

The debate will focus on migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe and on its demographic and economic background. How can we explain this background and what are the (alarming) prospects for the future? Would sustainable economic growth contribute to a slow-down of emigration? And can development aid contribute to the acceleration of economic growth? Does immigration apart from costs also result in benefits for Western Europe? And in how far can emigration contribute to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa?

Keynote speaker: Mustapha Nabli, professor emeritus Development Economics, CEO North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies International, former Director World Bank, former Minister of Economic Development and Governor Central Bank of Tunisia, former Presidential Candidate Tunisia

Chair: Lode Berlage, professor emeritus development economics, KU Leuven

Panel:

Jean-Philippe Platteau, professor emeritus development economics, Université de Namur, author of «Islam Instrumentalized » (2017)

Stephan Parmentier, professor of sociology of crime, law and human rights, KU Leuven

Marijke Vanderpoorten, professor Development Economics, University of Antwerp.

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 4:30 – 6.30 PM.

The debate will be followed by a cocktail.

Venue: University Foundation, Egmontstraat – rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Registration: Participation is free of charge but advance registration is required by 6 September.

If you want to register for this event, use this link.

 

The  Ethical Forum of the University Foundation took place on December 7, 2017. The theme was: "What place (if any) for academics in our post-truth era?".

For downloading the presentations and the concluding remarks the reader is referred to the website of the Ethical Forum. The concluding remarks by Philippe Van Parijs have been published as "Reaction and Debate" in Ethical Perspectives, vol. 25, n° 1, pp. 143-148, 2018. This paper can also be downloaded from the downloads section of the Ethical Forum 2017.

 

To stimulate publication of scientific papers in international journals, of which the language is mostly English, the Commission for Subsidies and Publications of the University Foundation has decided to open the possibility of financial support for linguistic editing of the manuscipt. 

In an offical ceremony at the University Foundation on Tuesday December 12, 2016,  the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to dr. Sofie Cools for her Ph. D. thesis “De bevoegdheidsverdeling tussen algemene vergadering en raad van bestuur in de NV”, published by Roularta Media Group, 2015, 735 p. She obtained her Ph. D. from the KU Leuven in 2014 with Professor Koen Geens as supervisor.  

The composition of the jury was as follows: H. Bocken (chairman), K. Byttebier,  K. Byttebier, H. Cousy, B. Deconinck, F. Deruyck, P. Popelier, H. Swennen, M. Van Damme, W. Van Eeckhoutte, A. Van Oevelen, I. Verougstraete, J. Wouters and A. Wylleman. 

The 15th Ethical Forum took place at the University Foundation on Thursday December 8, 2016, and addressed the question "Is Academia a place for women? The strenuous road from Ph. D. student to rector.The ecvent was very successful, with very good presentations and a lively discussion.

The presentations of most speakers are now available on line, togerthes with a selection of interesting background documents . Click here for the programme and here for the downloads.

 

During the academic year 2016-2017 an international postgraduate course in Football Business is organized in the premises of the University Foundation. This postgraduate is organized under the academic responsibility of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB, see http://www.vub.ac.be/en/) by the International Football Business Institute (IFBI, see ifbi.brussels). More information on the programme as well as on the procedure to apply can be found on the website of the IFBI.