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KU Leuven

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Research Leaders with an International Focus

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is the oldest and largest university in Belgium. The university consistently ranks in the top 100 universities in the world and its main campus is located in picturesque Leuven, a stone’s throw away from Brussels, the “Capital of Europe.” The university boasts over 3,000 classes in English at the bachelor’s and master’s levels and welcomes more than 9,000 international students per year.

KU Leuven is research-intensive with an international outlook. Cooperation with universities around the world is an integral component of producing high-level research. Fundamental and applied research at KU Leuven is renowned for being original, innovative, and successful.

The Science, Engineering, and Technology Group (SET) of KU Leuven has become a research leader internationally. The SET group ranks in the Top 10 of the European Union for their number of FP7 contracts and ERC grants. Within the SET group there are five faculties: bioscience engineering, engineering science, engineering technology, sciences, and architecture. Within these faculties, research is carried out through 14 research departments including civil engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.

Currently, the SET group has seven university partners in Brazil including Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, University of São Paulo, São Paulo State University, University of Campinas, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Federal University of Minas Gerais and Federal University of Santa Catarina. “Due to the success we’ve had with our current partnerships, we would like to broaden these relationships within other faculties and increase mobility in both directions,” explained Vice Rector of the Science, Engineering, and Technology Group, Professor Georges Gielen.

A high level mission to Brazil led by Professor Gielen has been planned this year from August 8-14. Members from each of the five faculties of the SET group will be present. The delegation will visit Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Campinas, and Porte Alegre.

“Brazil has technically very high standards,” said Professor Gielen. “We are looking forward to forming further research partnerships in all faculties of the Science, Engineering, and Technology group.”

More than one hundred Science without Borders students have studied at KU Leuven since the inception of the program in 2011, 80% of which have come to study in Science, Engineering and Technology. Students not only have access to top research in the world within a wide array of fields, students may also apply for projects outside of Science without Borders program through CAPES, CPNq, or EMBRAPA. KU Leuven welcomes Brazilian students seeking two-year MSc degrees, PhD students, and postdoc researchers.

SET Research at KU Leuven seeks international excellence by shifting the boundaries of science and technology. The SET group, as well as KU Leuven at large, looks forward to strengthening relationships with Brazil and welcoming Brazilian students on their campuses in Leuven, Brussels, Ghent, Geel, Oostende, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and Aalst.


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