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Limburgs Universitair Centrum
Diepenbeek, Belgium


University description (as per official university website)


From 1971 to now

With its over 35 years is a young University of Hasselt University, the relatively short time has grown exponentially into a thriving center of education, research and service to the region in general and the business community in particular. Not only for Limburg, but with ramifications far beyond national boundaries.

Although by law as early as 1971 green light was given for the establishment of the autonomous university institution Limburg advocated for years, opened the Limburg University Centre (LUC) in 1973 until the doors actually. The university started its first academic year with 322 students in six disciplines, namely mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and dentistry. The staff consisted of 24 members of academic staff and 32 members of the administrative and technical staff.

Over 35 years later, the Limburg University a tremendous growth. Hasselt University now has 843 staff (584 academic staff and 259 administrative and technical staff), and there are slightly fewer than 2900 students enrolled. The curriculum has been expanded to include information technology, biomedical sciences, applied economics, traffic engineering and law.

In 2002 founded the University of Hasselt and Maastricht University together the transnational University Limburg (tUL), like a unique collaboration of two universities in two countries. The training data, statistics and biomedical sciences are housed in this cooperation. The training in law is a joint initiative of the University of Hasselt, Maastricht University and the university. In other fields of science exploring collaboration with other universities.

Since 2003 are the Hasselt University, Limburg and the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg University XIOS together Limburg University Association-Colleges (AUHL). The Limburg Association was founded with the ambition to higher education in the province of Limburg further develop, research and service in the region, and economic value creation through the exploitation of scientific research.
With the establishment of tUL and AUHL is UHasselt rooted firmly than ever in today's academic landscape. This anchoring was also visible by changing the name of Limburg University Center at the University of Hasselt. Since June 2005, the UHasselt in the name of the fifth university pool in Flanders.

Education, research, innovation and internationalization

Fullest possible formation, as the word 'universitas' displays is a fundamental aspect of the training Hasselt University's objective states, not only vocational training but also language, communication, and other human skills in all scientific integrated training and human. Indeed, only one person as fully formed as possible are able to reach general solution methods and transfer.

The innovative ideas of the Hasselt University in terms of dynamic and interactive teaching in small groups and classification of the academic year were followed by many universities. Hasselt University is further characterized by its active research policy, which led to hundreds of researchers and nine research institutes that are now on campus Diepenbeek and the nearby science park are located. They are the backbone of excellent contacts with industry, which, upon demand, be tailored programs that ensure the much needed technology transfer.

Finally, the University has a strong international policy, with networks in Flanders and the rest of Europe and enable students and researchers a window on the world offered.

Mission Statement

Hasselt University is an independent, enterprising university that chooses active education tailored to students, excellence in frontier areas, and entrepreneurship and innovation through its role as an academic think tank and a strong international orientation. Academic and scientific freedom, social commitment, attention to ethical standards and sense of purpose - without ideological distinction - its basic principles of teaching and research. For the University of Hasselt, the development of human potential of its students and staff the center.

Active education tailored to the student

Hasselt University focuses attractive courses, which are distinguished by a thorough scientific content and an updated educational plan for students from all over Flanders and beyond.

"From autonomous to guided self learning is the educational concept of the UHasselt, which stands for active and independent learning with customized tutoring. Students process the material using self-study assignments and group work. These are discussed in responsiecolleges supported and guided exercise sessions. Hasselt University will require strong commitment of students and teachers. The courses are composed of flexible and offer the students the opportunity to gradually a customized program to compile. The Bachelor of flexible learning paths prepare optimally for a wide range of masters in their own university and other universities in Flanders and the Netherlands.

Excellence in key areas

The university has an active policy spearheads aimed at excellence in a number of specific domains.

Research and education are closely linked. Staff members have teaching and research tasks, students make during their bachelor knowledge with research and participating in research in their master's program.

The masters are supported by the scientific expertise of the research groups and institutes of Hasselt University or partners of this university.

The university is also building within the Association with the University Xios and the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg an integrated chain of basic and applied research.

A fascinating place to study and work

Small size, good contacts between students and staff, and constant concern for the quality of the education profile characteristics of our university. The dagcampus with facilities such as library, study area, tutorial rooms and computer infrastructure encourages students to actively study and work.

The proximity of the bustling student town of Hasselt offers numerous possibilities for an intense and varied student life. The students participate in governance at all levels of the university, they have their say in the development of education and in monitoring quality.

If entrepreneurial university contributions to the knowledge economy (Eu) region

Also within the framework of the Association with the Xios Hogeschool Limburg and the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg Hasselt University is an engine for the knowledge economy (EU) region. It leads to high skilled young people and entrepreneurs for the knowledge economy and its advanced research contributes to essential innovations. The university promotes entrepreneurship among students and employees of the Association.

Hasselt University profiles itself as an independent knowledge of specific research priorities in the Technological Top Region Eindhoven-Aachen-Limburg. Knowledge within that region strengthens the Hasselt University research, education and technology transfer through collaboration with other universities:

with Maastricht University in the unique cooperation framework of the transnational University Limburg;
the Eindhoven University of Technology for engineering courses;
with other universities of Liege and Aachen Euregio which we together the international exchange of students, including outside the EU, promote.
With the other Flemish universities in various fields working together intensively. The University participates in inter-university research than as IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center) and IBBT (Flemish Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Broadband Technology).

An international gateway for education and research

Hasselt University welcomes students and researchers from different cultures. Exchange programs with foreign universities are a part of education. In addition, the university stimulates the international orientation of its students and staff through the internationalization of its research and education. Hasselt University participates in networks in Flanders, the (Eu) region, Europe and the world, to students and staff an open window on the world offer. They are also a lever for growth and autonomy of the university.

Mobilisation of talent through equality

Young people from all social groups provide equal education is a priority of Hasselt University.

Within the framework of the educational concept and guidance tailored to the university works with the student to improve his study approach, study methods and study planning for its success rate. In particular, we focus on youth with a different or multilingual home.

A society-oriented university

The broad academic education that Hasselt University offers integrates socially relevant developments in the curricula. Students are encouraged to think about meaning of their activities in a spirit of openness to all ideological tendencies, and their responsibility in society. The academic community of students and employees is more than one study and work environment. The University encourages participation in sport and culture in student life, and social activities.

Development of human potential

The strengthening of the university is the challenge for the future, including all employees put their shoulders. Hasselt University and its employees to build an organization where the work is pleasant. Maximum opportunities for development, respect for the individuality of each employee, open communication, participation in governance at all levels, and appreciate the effort are characteristics of the company. The University strives for a balance between the professional development of staff and the efficient functioning of the organization.

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