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 was organized to honour the memory of the former Executive Director Prof. Louis Baeck.

Thursday 5 december 2019: The 2019 edition of the Ethical Forum will deal with a very important ethical aspect of research, with the provocative title "Academics as soldiers? Is defence-related research a scandal or a duty?".More information on the website of the Ethical Forum.

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 at La Monnaie, and the performances at the "Théâtre National" and the "KVS", the reader is referred to the relevant news item on the Dutch or French web pages.

During the present academic year we organise the following cultural excursion for our members :

  • 14 May until 18 May 2019: Cultural trip yo Lissabon (Portugal).

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

 

Lunch-debate with prof. Dr. Steven Van Hecke (KU Leuven) and prof. Dr. Mario Télo (ULB).

Introductory talks in English, discussion E/F/N.

Moderator prof. Laurent Van Depoele.Read more

This year the topic disussed in the Ethical Forum was the increasing use of English in higher education, with the provocative title
Towards Anglophone universities?
The Ethical Forum 2018 was organized on December 6, 2018, form 2 to 6 pm at the University Foundation. For a description of the topic and the programme, you are referred to the website of EF 2018.
The presentations and a number of related documents can be found in the downloads section.
 

 

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. The concluding remarks by Philippe Van Parijs have been published as "Reaction and Debate" in Ethical Perspectives, vol. 25, n° 1, pp. 143-148, 2018. This paper can also be downloaded from the downloads section of the Ethical Forum 2017.

 

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.