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 those parts of the website that are not relevant for international visitors there is no English version.

Lunch at the University Foundation, followed by a short lecture on "Bibliophily and the Art of the Book", an introductio to the exhibition Op reis in mijn bibiotheek and a guided visit of the exhibition with Charles Prion Pansius, Vice-chairman of "The Royal Belgian Association of Bibliophiles and Iconophiles"  of the exhibition in the Royal Library. Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm.

Lunch debate “Les Minorités chrétiennes au Moyen-Orient” with Prof. Bernard Coulie, honorary rector of UC Louvain.Thursday June 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm.

Lecture by Minister Koen Geens on the Belgian judicial system. Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 6 pm.

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.

  • Thursday June 18, 2015 :  The challenges and prospects of Belgium's press on either side of the linguistic border. Speakers will include Frédéric Antoine (UC Louvain), Ides Debruyne (Pascal Decroosfonds), Béatrice Delvaux (Le Soir), François Heynderickx (ULB), Tom Naegels (De Standaard), Leo Neels (KU Leuven), Karin Raeymaeckers (UGent), Karl van den Broeck (Apache).
  • 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.

Unlike other years the restaurant is open on the day after Ascension day. We welcome our members on Friday May 15.

Guided tour of the exhibition "Marc Chagall" in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, preceeded by a lunch at the University Foundation. Thursday  May 7, 2015 at 3 pm.

Yearly garden tour Groentheater, Sobieskipark, Tuinen van de bloemist. The tour will be gudied by  Prof. Jan Rammeloo. Friday June 12, 2015 at 12 h (Atomium!)

See also the special news items on "Music at Bozar" and "Opera at la Monnaie".

See also the special news item on the Queen Elisabeth Competition (violin).

Planned cultural trips

  • Sunday17 May to Friday 22 May 2015: Cultural trip to Transsylvania (including Sibiu, captial of the region) and Bucharest, guided by Dr. Jan DE MAERE. For further information please see the relevant webpages in French or Dutch.

  • Saturday 25 July to Saturday 1 August 2015: Cultural trip to Tuscany - Accademia Crete Senesi – Herreweghe FestivalFor further information 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.  For further information please see the relevant webpages in French or Dutch. (registration closed)

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

The University Foundation organises, in collaboration with "la Fondation pour l’environnement urbain Pierre Laconte", 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, ...)

The cycle consists of three activities:

Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The City: European cultural model»

Friday 24 April 2015 at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The university and the city: the case of Brussels»

Monday 11 May 2015  at 12.30 pm : Lunch debate on «The city of tomorrow: reflections and proposals»

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. 

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. 

As in recent years we are able, thanks to our good relations with the organisation, to offer our Club members good seats fior the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015 (Violin)

Please see the relevant webpages in French or Dutch for further information.

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.

The University Foundation has reserved a number of seats for its members for three operas at La Monnaie:

Don Giovanni on 16/12/2014  Registration closed

Alcina on 5/2/2015  Registration closed

Un Ballo in Maschera on 27/5/2015

For firther information please see the Club activities webpage or click on the date. 


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 please see the relevant webpages in French or Dutch.