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.

A new series of three lunch debates organized by the University Foundation and "la Fondation pour l’environnement urbain Pierre Laconte".

  • Friday 2 October 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «Big data and the protection of privacy»
  • Thursday 19 November 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The global and local environment: thoughts on the eve of the world wide meeting on climate change»
  • Monday 7 December2015  at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The future of Boazar in tomorrow's Belgium»

The next edition of the Ethical Forum is planned on Thursday November 12, 2015. It will deal with the topic : "Too many students? On the purpose, legitimacy and adequacy of university entry and orientation tests". More information on the website of the Ethical Forum.

Re-Bel intends to organize the following study days at the University Foundation. Information on  www.rethinkingbelgium.eu.

  • Friday December 13, 2015 : Multiculturalism and integration policy in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels
  • Thursday June 16, 2016 : Cultural activities and actors as bridging elements between the language communities

For further information please see the Club activities section or click on the relevant date.

Concert with M. Thomas REIF, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Contest for violin 2015, with Daria Marshinina, piano, followed by a  walking cocktail. Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 8 pm.

At the occasion of "Europalia Turkey" we visit two exhibitions:

  • Guided tour of the exhibition “ANATOLIA. Home of eternity (Bozar), followed by a dinner at the University Foundation. Thursday 26 November 2015 at 6 pm.
  • Guided tour of the exhibition “Imagine Istanbul” (Bozar), followed by the Santa Claus dinner at the University Foundation. Thursday 3 December 2015 at 6 pm.

For the concerts at Bozar and the operas at La Monnaie for the next academic year the reader is referred to the relevant news item.

Since La Monnaie is closed for the greater part of the 2015-2016 season for renovation, we have taken an option on good seats for: 

Planned cultural trips

(For further information on the trips, please see the relevant webpages in French or Dutch.)

  • Tuesday 15 September to Sunday 20 September 2015: Cultural trip to Sicily  (flight to Catania), guided by Mr Damien WIGNY.  (registration closed)

  • Monday 16 May to Wednesday 25 May 2016: Cultural trip to Georgia , guided by rector COULIE.  

For further information visit the Club activities section or click on the relevant date.

Like previous years the Ubniversity Foundation has an option on good seats for some opera in La Monnaie.

For this year:

For further information click on the relevant date.

In the spring of 2015 the University Foundation and "la Fondation pour l’environnement urbain Pierre Laconte", organized a 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 will be continued in the autumn of 2015 with a new cycle of three lunch debates with a broader scope.

The new cycle consists of three activities:

  • Friday 2 October 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «Big data and the protection of privacy»
  • Thursday 19 November 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The global and local environment: thoughts on the eve of the world wide meeting on climate change»
  • Monday 7 December2015  at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The future of Boazar in tomorrow's Belgium»

For further information please click on the date or see the Club activities section.

Lunch costs 33 € for members of the University Foundation Club and 38 € for non-members. 

During the coming months several prestigious orchestras and famous solists will be perfoming at the Bozar.

The University Foundation has reserved a number of seats for its Club members at reduced rates.

For further information the reader is referred to the relevant web page in Dutch or French.

 

 

Professor Walter Van Gerven, for many years president of the jury for the Fernand Collin Prize for Law, passed away on July 12, 2015.

Read more.

 

The presentation shown by Prof. Coulie, honorary rector Université Catholique de Louvain, during the lunch-debate "Les Minorités Chrétiennes au Moyen Orient", can be downloaded by means of this link.

In an offical ceremony at the University Foundation on Tuesday December 16, 2014,  the biannual Fernand Collin Prize for Law was awarded to dr. Tom Decaigny for his Ph. D. thesis “Tegenspraak in het vooronderzoek. Een onderzoek naar de meerwaarde van een vroege participatie van de verdachte in de Belgische strafprocedure”, Intersentia, 2013, 719 p. He obtained his Ph. D. friom the VUB in 2013 and was supervised by Professor Paul De Hert.  

The composition of the jury was as follows: H. Bocken (chairman), K. Byttebier, H. Cousy, A. De Nauw, P. Popelier, H. Swennen, M. Van Damme, W. Van Eeckhoutte, W. Van Gerven, I. Verougstraete, J. Wouters and A. Wylleman. 

The 13th Ethical Forum took place at the University Foundation on November 20,  2014, and addressed the question "Will the universities survive the e-learning revolution? And how?". The ecvent was very successful, with very good presentations and a lively discussion.

The presentations of most speakers, as well as a selection of interesting background documents, are now available on line. Click here for the programme and here for the downloads.

Professor Louis Baeck, honorary Executive Director of the University Foundation, passed away on November 29, 2014, at the age of 86, at his home in Heverlee.

Louis Baeck was Professor of world and development economics at KU Leuven and was the author of a large number of books and scientific papers in his field.

From 1982 to 2001 he was the Executive Director of the University Foundation. During his tenure he carried out an extensive renovation of the University Foundation's infrastructure (meeting rooms and hotel facilities), while respecting the historic tradition and style of the building. He was very attached to  the Foundation and he was proud to have been able to contribute to its restructuring in order to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.