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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.

In elegantly furnished rooms members can meet colleagues and guests. In a pleasant reading room, daily and weekly newspapers, as well as scientific reviews, are available. 

The restaurant serves lunch with a varied menu to members and their guests. 

Our hotel has 14 attractive bedrooms for our Club members. The University Foundation organises numerous scientific, cultural and artisitic events for the Club members.

Below a list is given of the future academic and cultural activities organized by the Club of the University Foundation. For more information on a particular activity the reader is referred to the relevant Dutch or French section of the website.

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


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.