European capital of innovation
Leuven was the European Capital of Innovation in 2020. Four major technology domains have emerged in the Leuven region in recent years, creating dynamic clusters in the areas of life sciences, nanotechnology, mechatronics & smart systems. The award recognises Leuven’s outstanding innovation concepts, as well as processes and governance models that create a framework that brings ideas to life.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) consistently scores high in the rankings of the best and most innovative universities in the world. KUL is a university with a wide range of faculties, with a particular focus on Biomedical Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences. The Faculty of Biomedical Sciences is prestigious and widely known for their innovations.
KU Leuven currently has 60,600 students. Supported by the Belgian government’s co-financing system, tuition fees remain relatively low, attracting both domestic and international students. 20% of the students come from abroad, underlining its international character. The university’s growth facilitates R&D (spin offs) and entrepreneurship.