KU Leuven in facts and figures

ONE OF EUROPE'S HIGHLY RANKED UNIVERSITIES

  • KU Leuven ranks consistently in Europe's top-15 universities in the Times Higher Education ranking. Ranks #45 worldwide in the 2021 edition of the same ranking.
  • In the 2022 QS World University Rankings it occupies the #70 position worldwide, and #20 in Europe.

A COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY

  • Founded in 1425, 14 campuses in 10 cities across Flanders, 15 faculties, 60,057 students, 21,605 staff members, +250,000 alumni.
  • 48 bachelor’s programmes (48 taught in Dutch, 5 in English).
  • 137 master’s programmes (123 taught in Dutch, 69 in English, 1 in French).
  • 42 advanced master’s programmes (19 taught in Dutch, 23 in English and 1 in Spanish).

RESEARCH & IMPACT

  • 7,637 researchers, 522 million euros research expenses, 6,236 PhD, students, 745 doctoral degrees in the 2019-2020 academic year, 370 (50%) of these were awarded to non-Belgian researchers.
  • 142 spin-offs created over the past 4 decades.
  • In 2020, 143 patents were granted and a license-income of 107 million euro was obtained by KU Leuven

    Sources: KU Leuven Corporate booklet-brochure & KU Leuven facts and figures