A centre for education, research
and innovation

The intense collaboration between the university, the city of Leuven, research hospitals, and knowledge-driven entrepreneurs has resulted in a solid track record: Leuven is one of the most innovative and sustainable European cities.
The research at its highly ranked university has had a significant impact around the world.

KU Leuven


KU Leuven ranks consistently in Europe's top-15 universities within 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.

Leuven is European iCapital 2020.

Leuven has won the 2020 European Capital of Innovation award.

The European Commission bestows this prestigious award on the city that best exploits innovation to improve the quality of life of its citizens. Leuven thus wins €1 million for its ground-breaking collaboration model, beating cities such as Vienna, Valencia and Milan in the finals and joining a select club of cities including Barcelona, Amsterdam and Paris.

Leuven European Green Leaf 2018

Leuven is the first Belgian city to win the European Green Leaf Award. The award, handed out by the European Commission, recognises the city’s achievements in sustainability and green growth and places Leuven among the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe.