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 will take place on December 6, 2018, and will deal 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 the performances at the "Théâtre National" the reader is referred to the relevant news item on the Dutch or French web pages.

Friday March 23, 2018 at 8 pm : Gala Concert of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 6 pm : Opera at La Monnaie: Lohengrin (Richard Wagner).

Thursday May, 24, 2018 at 6 pm. :  Guided visit of the exhibition "Spanish Still Life" at Bozar.

From Wednesday July 4 till Sunday July 8, 2018: Cultural trip to Sils Maria.

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

In the spring of 2015 the University Foundation and "la Fondation pour l’environnement urbain Pierre Laconte" organized a first cycle of lunch debates on the theme «A World of Cities» for the members of the Foundation and also for a broader public (faculties, economic, social and cultural organisations, ...).
This initiative and this collaboration  was continued in the following years. In the spring of 2018 a  new series of three lunch debates is organized.

For further information please see the Dutch or the French section of the web site.


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.


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.