List of universities in Belgium

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This is a list of universities in Belgium. In Belgium, which is a federal state, the constitution attributes legislative power over higher education to the Communities.[1] The Dutch-speaking Flemish Community, the French Community and the German Community thus determine which institutes of higher education they organise or recognise, and which diplomas may be legally issued by these institutes. Below is a list of recognised institutes of higher education in Belgium sorted by the responsible Community.[2]

Institutes of higher education in the Flemish Community[edit]

Universities[edit]

Five Flemish universities issue academic bachelor, master and doctoral degrees:

As a result of an international treaty between the Netherlands and Flanders, a co-operation between the Universiteit Hasselt (Flanders) and the Universiteit Maastricht (the Netherlands) is recognised as the

According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities[3] and the THES - QS World University Rankings,[4] four Flemish universities (Universiteit Antwerpen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Gent and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) are among the top 150 universities in Europe and top 300 universities worldwide.

University colleges[edit]

All recognised Flemish university colleges (hogescholen) are associated with a Flemish university. The following university colleges, which issue professional bachelor, academic bachelor's and master's degrees, are recognised by the Flemish government:

Antwerp University Association: university colleges associated with the University of Antwerp

Ghent University Association: university colleges associated with Ghent University

University Association Brussels: public university college associated with Vrije Universiteit Brussel

K.U.Leuven Association: catholic university colleges associated with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Limburg University and College Association: public university college associated with Hasselt University

Registered institutes of higher education[edit]

Finally, the Flemish government has recognised a number of "registered" institutes of higher education, which mostly issue specialised degrees or provide education mainly in a foreign language:

Institutes of higher education in the French Community[edit]

The French Community distinguishes between universities, colleges (Hautes Écoles) and arts colleges (Écoles supérieures des Arts). A list of all recognised institutes is maintained in the Annuaire de l'enseignement supérieur.[5]

Universities[edit]

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, two of these universities (Université catholique de Louvain and Université libre de Bruxelles) are among the top 150 universities worldwide.

According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities,[6] two of these universities (Université catholique de Louvain and Université de Liège) are among the top 150 universities in Europe and top 350 universities worldwide.

University colleges[edit]

Arts colleges[edit]

Institutes of higher education in the German-speaking Community[edit]

A single college in operated by the German-speaking Community of Belgium:

Federal institutions[edit]

The school of the Belgian Armes Forces officers is organised by Belgium's Federal Government, and has the status of university:

Institutes recognised by foreign countries[edit]

The following institutes are not recognised by the Flemish or French speaking communities, but by a foreign country:

Institutions with external validation[edit]

The following academic institutions offer accredited degree programmes which are externally validated by foreign institutions of higher education and learning:


International rankings[edit]

Below are shown the international rankings of the Dutch-speaking and French-speaking universities in Belgium, and the number of times they rank in the top 200 of one of the six major global rankings:

University QS World
(2021)[7]
THE World
(2021)[8]
ARWU World
(2020)[9]
USNWR World
(2020)[10]
CWTS Leiden
(2020)[11]
CWUR World
(2020-2021)[12]
#a
Dutch-speaking universities
Catholic University of Leuven 84 45 97 56= 54 115
6b
Ghent University 135= 103= 66 87= 65 118
6b
University of Antwerp 238= 170= 301-400 214= 370 295
1
Free University of Brussels 200= 251–300 301-400 259= 476 359
1
University of Hasselt 456= 351–400 601-700 789= 1078 815
0
French-speaking universities
Université catholique de Louvain 189= 164= 151-200 139= 402 189
5
Université libre de Bruxelles 250= 201–250 101-150 190= 439 211
2
University of Liège 451= 351–400 201-300 358= 426 282
0
University of Mons 651-700 N.A. N.A. 489= N.A. 854
0
University of Namur N.A. N.A. N.A. 1264= N.A. 1201
0
Saint-Louis University, Brussels N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
0

Notes:
N.A.: Not Applicable
a Number of times the university is ranked within the top 200 of one of the six global rankings.
b The university is ranked within the top 150 of all six global rankings.
c The university is ranked within the top 100 of all six global rankings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belgian Constitution (Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  2. ^ Ministry of Education. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  3. ^ Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Cybermetrics Lab, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain. Retrieved on January 16, 2007
  4. ^ THES - QS World University Rankings 2007 QS Education Trust. Retrieved on January 16, 2007
  5. ^ Annuaire de l'enseignement supérieur Administration générale de l'Enseignement du Communauté française de Belgique. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  6. ^ Webometrics Ranking of World Universities Cybermetrics Lab, Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain. Retrieved on November 20, 2007
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  8. ^ "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News Education. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  11. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  12. ^ "CWUR - World University Rankings 2020-2021". Center for World University Rankingsg. Retrieved 17 October 2020.

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