Education

European Capital of 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.

Leuven, 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.

A sustainable event in Leuven

You recycle your waste paper, you turn off the light when you leave a room, you place your food scraps in a compost bin, and you bring your lunch to work in a reusable container.

Maybe you even offset your carbon footprint when you fly. Good for you!

But have you thought about making your event more sustainable? Don’t worry. At Leuven Convention Bureau we will guide you through the key areas you need to consider. You’ll find simple, practical advice on the link below for every type of event, from conferences with a large international audience to simple office meetings.

KU Leuven

ONE OF EUROPE'S HIGHLY RANKED UNIVERSITIES.

KU Leuven ranks consistently in Europe's top-15 universities within the Times Higher Education ranking. Ranks #42 worldwide in the 2022 edition of the same ranking.

In the 2022 QS World University Rankings it occupies the #70 position worldwide, and #20 in Europe.

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.