Ghent University – Dare to Think
Ghent University (UGent) consists of 117 departments, across 11 faculties, and offers high-quality, research-based educational programs in virtually every scientific discipline. UGent distinguishes itself as a socially-committed and pluralistic university in a broad, international perspective. The motto of the university is Dare to Think; students and staff are encouraged to adopt a critical mind.
The university’s appeal is growing every year, with about 41,000 students in 2014, of whom 11% (students) and 35% (PhD students) were international. Numerous research groups, centers, and institutes have been founded over the years, becoming world-renowned in disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, and photonics.
The educational offer at Ghent University encompasses virtually all academic fields in Flanders – from Eastern languages and cultures to pharmaceutical sciences, from criminology to business engineering. Ghent University is the only university in Belgium who has the competency to organize the following programs: Veterinary Medicine, African Languages and Cultures, and Engineering Sciences – Applied Physics. The Geometrics and Surveyance and Maritime Technology programs are also unique at Ghent University.
By introducing the bachelor/master structure, the university has focused specifically on flexibility within the training programs. In addition to well defined fixed courses, more and more links are being forged between courses to facilitate seamless switches or ensure that additional training dovetails with previous training programs. Specific international programs such as Erasmus Mundus have contributed to Ghent University’s international reputation.
Ghent University is the only Belgian university in the top 100 of both the Shanghai (#70) and Times ranking (#85). The university provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, and is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity.