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KU Leuven will be hosting a Falling Walls Lab


KU Leuven is looking for candidates who:

  • present their research project, business plan, entrepreneurial or social initiative that is relevant to the world of today – in 3 minutes!
  • convince a top-class jury from academia and business

Who can apply?

  • We are looking for outstanding talents and innovative thinkers from all disciplines
  • Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, postdocs, junior professors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply
  • Candidates should be available on presentation training days: 3 and 8 March 2017

What's in it for you?

A distinguished jury selects the winner who

  • qualifies directly for the Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2017 (travel costs and accom­modation are covered) as one of 100 international and interdisciplinary participants. The three winners of the finale in Berlin will receive a cash prize and will get the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference on 9 november 2017 in front of 600 guests - among them institution leaders and decision makers and a worldwide audience via livestream.

  • is awarded a ticket for the international Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2017 where some of the world’s most prominent scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes each.


Read more about it here

Now available: ‘Facts and figures KU Leuven’ video

KU Leuven released an English version of its corporate, informative video. In 4 minutes, the viewers get to know the history and tradition of the university, as well as some interesting facts and statistics. It clearly explains why the KU Leuven is a research driven, society oriented and person centered organization.

The video is available for everyone and especially convenient for English-speaking alumni. You can watch it here.


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Education experts visit KU Leuven to assess quality assurance system

16 November 2016 - Does KU Leuven properly ensure the quality of its education? The university welcomed five experts who set out to answer this question. Their first site visit was a part of the institutional review that replaces the previous system of programme-specific peer reviews.

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KU Leuven and Vlerick hold successful ‘we read for you’ event

On November 16 2016 the KU Leuven Alumni and Vlerick Alumni Shanghai Chapters jointly organized their first ‘we read for you’ event. Prof. Dr. Dirk Buyens, Professor of Human Resources Management and Director Open Exec Education at Vlerick Business School, led an academically driven discussion around Adam Grant’s inspiring and revolutionary book ‘Give and Take’. He passionately discussed with the audience why our interactions with others hold the key to success.

After the inspiring book discussion alumni mingled and enjoyed the dinner reception with an extensive selection of Belgian beers. More than 60 alumni attended the event at Shanghai’s Kaiba bar, making it yet another successful event!

We were very honoured with the visit of Professor Buyens and we would like to thank him for reading and discussing this inspiring book with us! Special thanks go out to our sponsors AkzoNobel and De Wolf Law Firm for making this event possible. We also would like to thank our fellow KU Leuven and Vlerick alumni and friends for making this event a great success, and hope to see you all again at our next events!

The KU Leuven Alumni and Vlerick Alumni Shanghai Team


Click here to view pictures from the event.

Seminar: ‘Doing business in China’ with a discount for KU Leuven Alumni

Coming soon and recommended for all people with an interest in economics, China or perhaps both. Dr. Stéphane Grand will guide you through the history of the Chinese system and perspective in regard to economics, he will also address the current issues. These elements imply a certain way of ‘doing business’, and this has notable consequences for everyone looking to collaborate with the Chinese. This course is offered with a significant discount for Alumni of KU Leuven (€150 instead of €300).

The courses take place between the 6th of February and the 4th of march.  

More info: click here.

Inauguration International KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Indonesia

On Friday, 30 September, the eighth International KU Leuven Alumni Chapter was solemnly inaugurated by Ambassador H.E. Yuri Octavian Thamrin: the KU Leuven Alumni Chapter Indonesia. Dozens of enthusiastic students, alumni and friends were present in the Rectoral Salons of the University hall to celebrate. Speeches by the Vice-Rector Katlijn Malfliet, Em. Prof. Tjandra-Maga, Mr. Arief Wibowo and Johan Lubbe Bakker were interspersed with Indionesian dance and snacks.

View all the pictures>>

New alumni chapter strengthens collaboration with Japan

On 11 October, Rector Rik Torfs launched a new alumni chapter in Japan. This was part of a state visit on the occasion of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium. Together with other Flemish universities, KU Leuven also concluded new partnerships with Japanese universities.

On 11 October, Rector Rik Torfs launched a new alumni chapter in Japan. This was part of a state visit on the occasion of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Belgium. Together with other Flemish universities, KU Leuven also concluded new partnerships with Japanese universities.

With the Alumni Chapter Japan, KU Leuven once again expands its international alumni outreach. Japan is already the ninth country to get its own chapter, after the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Brasil, India, China, and Indonesia. 

“Each year, we welcome new Japanese students at our university,” says Martine Torfs, head of the KU Leuven Alumni Office. “This academic year, about fifty Japanese students came to our faculties. Furthermore, every year, Flemish alumni from various disciplines go to Japan to live and work there. With the new alumni chapter, we want to ensure that former students stay in touch with each other and their alma mater after graduation.”

The launch of the new chapter took place in the Education Centre at Kansai University, one of KU Leuven’s partner universities. This chapter in Tokyo is to become the operating base of the alumni chapter. Rector Rik Torfs was welcomed by Professor Yukata Maeda, Vice President of Kansai University, and was given a tour of the Centre. In the presence of KU Leuven Honorary Rector André Oosterlinck, Japanese alumni, and Belgian expats – including An Descheemaeker, the KU Leuven liaison in Japan – Rector Torfs inaugurated the new alumni chapter. He also appointed the chair of the chapter: KU Leuven alumnus Rob Van Nijlen, an entrepreneur who’s been living in Japan for years now.

“The university wants to focus more on community building: helping Japanese alumni get in touch with each other and maintaining their strong ties with our university,” said the Rector in his speech. “The network of alumni helps us reach a wide range of organisations and companies, which is very important for the university, especially in a country like Japan.”

Joining forces

With the launch of the new alumni chapter, the university strengthens its many-years’-standing relationship with Japan. “KU Leuven is collaborating with about ten Japanese universities, including Waseda University and Kansai University,” says Japanese studies professor Dimitri Vanoverbeke, who helped establish the alumni chapter. “We offer opportunities for student and staff exchange, for instance. Each year, about twenty of our master’s students go to Japan as part of the Japanese Studies programme.”

KU Leuven is also co-founder of EU-JAMM (EU-Japan Multidisciplinary Master Degree), a project for which six European and four Japanese universities join forces to offer double degree master’s programmes in different disciplines. “Thanks to EU-JAMM, KU Leuven students can study in the best Japanese universities, learn Japanese, and obtain a second master’s degree,” according to Vanoverbeke.

In the context of the state visit, KU Leuven also concluded new partnerships with Japanese universities. In addition, there were talks about the further development of existing collaborations.

“We want to join forces even more often in the future,” says Vanoverbeke. “For one thing, both parties have shown a lot of interest in research with industrial applications. The Japanese partners are impressed by the reputation of our university and by research centres such as imec. They understand the importance of our central location in Europe. The ties with Japan are important for our university because of the country’s access to top technology and its research, which is of very high quality. Therefore, we’re really looking forward to these collaborations. We’re hoping that the new alumni chapter may play a role in this respect.”

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Pieter-Jan Borgelioen. Translated by Katrien Bollen.

Become a personal buddy

As a Belgian/local student, staff member at KU Leuven or alumnus (with Q-number), you can become a buddy for one or more new incoming international students. No better way to strengthen your intercultural skills and competences!

You could help an international student by:

  • picking him/her up at the railway station/airport
  • making him/her feel at home in Leuven during the first days of his/her stay: answer his/her practical questions and show him/her around (town, shops and supermarkets, university life, cycling, student services…).
  • introducing Belgian customs: do daily things together from time to time and invite him/her over at your family’s place once
  • joining in the welcome activities organised by the Buddy Programme
  • having a cup of coffee together…

More information

Register online

Utopias for our times: Call for proposals

On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016, KU Leuven's Metaforum and UCLouvain's Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics are organizing jointly a two-day conference on “Utopias for our times” (in Leuven on 29 September and in Louvain-la-Neuve on 30 September). This conference is intended to mark the 500th anniversary of the publication (in Leuven) of Thomas More's Utopia and the 25th anniversary of the Hoover Chair. It will be immediately followed, on Saturday 1 October, by an event intended to mark, under the title “Basic income: a utopia for our times?”, the 30th anniversary of the creation (in Louvain-la-Neuve) of the Basic Income Earth Network. Please find in the attachment an outline of the programme of all three days.

The two-day conference will consist mainly of a succession of six thematic sessions focusing, respectively, on the future of cities, of the human body, of democracy, of firms, of work and of migration (see description in the attachment). Each thematic session will consist of a 30 min. intervention by the keynote speaker, preceded by three times 10 minutes of “utopian proposals” and followed by a general discussion. The keynote speaker will be expected to react briefly to these proposals, an outline of which should have reached him beforehand, in addition to developing his own view.

We are looking for stimulating “utopias for our times” relevant to the six themes listed above. By this we mean proposals you believe in all things considered, as original and radical as possible, possibly regarded as impossible by most, but explored in depth, screened for their possible perverse effects. These proposals will need to be presented in an intelligible and persuasive way in no more than ten minutes. It is therefore important that they should be sufficiently simple: single ideas, not complex blueprints.

What we need at this stage is a brief presentation of the idea and of the arguments in support of it (between 10 and 20 lines). You will be told in early July whether your proposal features among the few that will be selected. If selected, your ten-minute presentation, or at least an outline of it, should reach the keynote speaker and moderator of your session one week in advance.

Please send your proposals as soon as possible and no later than June 25th to We look forward to receiving them.

Erik Schokkaert (Metaforum, KU Leuven)
Philippe Van Parijs (Chaire Hoover, UCLouvain)

Celebration of the KU Leuven Alumni Chapter India Launch

On 26 February 2016, the India Chapter of the KU Leuven Alumni was solemnly launched with a beautiful celebration in the Holy Spirit College. About 100 Indian students, KU Leuven alumni, and other interested people listened to a number of speeches and watched performances by Indian students.

The evening was opened in Indian style: Vice Rector Katlijn Malfliet lit an oil lamp, which symbolizes purity. MC’s of the evening were Shibesh Dutta, Vice President of ISAl and Martine Torfs, Director of KU Leuven Alumni Relations.

First, an orchestra of six Indian musicians played a number of typical Indian songs, such as a ghazal (a poetic expression mostly melancholic in nature), a jugalbandi (a musical duel between musicians with both showcase their skills), and a thillina (a rhythmic piece in Carnatic music).

Then, the first four speakers took the floor. Prof. Dr. Katlijn Malfliet presented the KU Leuven Alumni, which over the past few years began establishing foreign chapters, inter alia in New York, Shanghai, and London. Prof. Dr. Bert Broeckaert discussed the particularities of the India Chapter, which will cover an entire country, if not a subcontinent. Valerie Vervueren of the Alumni Office showed the new website of the India Chapter. Mr. Ankan Banerjee, the Counsellor of the Embassy of India, represented the Indian Ambassador and praised both the initiative and the Indian students in Leuven.

Afterwards, it was time for some Indian dances. Six women performed on different classical songs. Their simultaneous choreography was incredible. But the audience also enjoyed a contemporary Indian Bollywood-style dance, in which three boys fought for the hand of a girl.

The last three speakers concluded the launching event. Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris gave a short history of the Indian student community in Leuven. Shibesh Dutta presented the Indian Students Association Leuven (ISAL), of which he is the Vice President. Father John Christopher talked about the Leuven Indian Forum for Thinkers (LIFT), which mainly unites Indian theologians in Leuven.

The formal part of the evening was followed by a second part, equally important as the first: a networking reception. Indian students made Indian finger food, such as samosa and chicken masala. People from different backgrounds got to know each other and all shared their enthusiasm. To give just one example of the great success: the representatives of the India House Leuven and the Belgian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BICC&I) decided to invite all KU Leuven alumni to the receptions in several Indian cities during the upcoming economic mission of Flanders, led by Chief Minister Geert Bourgeois, in April 2016. From its very beginning, the India Chapter is showing its relevance.

Report: Prof. I. Goddeeris and Prof. B. Broeckaert

Click here to see all the pictures taken at the launch event in Leuven >>

Call for candidates for a grant from the Roger Dillemans Fund 2016-2017

The Roger Dillemans Fund has been set up to give talented students a chance to follow a specialisation education.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, scholarships will be granted again to developing-world students who have obtained a master's degree from KU Leuven with excellent results and would like to continue their studies with a second master's degree, also at KU Leuven University.

The conditions, the procedure, composition of the selection commission and the application form can be retrieved on:

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2016.

Please do not apply if you don't comply with all the conditions.

First Alumni KUL Brazil held on 18 of February in Sao Paulo

Thursday February 18th the Alumni Chapter KUL Brazil gathered  in the Belga Corner Pub in Sao Paulo. The event marked the kick off of the Brazil KUL Chapter. An audience of 17 people attended this first reunion.  KUL Leuven representatives; Matt Tips and Lien Willaert were present in Sao Paulo on this event. Organizators; Peter Puyneers; ex KUL, and Damien Grimmelprez ; ex KUL 87,  welcomed the group. Cônsul Karel Marien; ex KUL,  represented the Belgium Consulate and its interest in the event. Most of the attendees have Belgian nationality, and are working permanently- or temporarely in Brazil.

Damien explained the purpose of the Chapter and its mission . Damien promoted the membership to the Chapter to all attendees and their connections and relations. Damien explained the need for a core group who will lead and drive the chapter and propose the activities for 2016.   Several candidates showed interest in participating to the Chapter.

Peter explained the Facebook page which was created “KUL Leuven Alumni Brasil” and will be used as our main form of communication. The gathering was a great networking event for many of us, and enabled us to pick up links with the KUL again.

A new meeting with a proposed core team will be held in May time to define an agenda of activities for 2016.

In the meantime, the major activity is to give visibility to the Chapter and to get all Brazilian ex-KUL Alumni aware of our Chapter and the benefits for them to join.

To be continued...

Alumni beer tasting event in Shanghai was a success

The beer tasting event on December 9th, 2015 ended up being a huge success. 49 guests in total joined the event. First, Mr. Lin, the Chairman, launched the event with an opening speech. Then, Mr. Keith Friederich from Duvel Moortgat started the main chapter of the event, beer tasting. Four different beers were introduced, including 2 Belgian beers and 2 American beers. Finally, Mr. Hans Yeh, the event coordinator, gave an ending speech, introduced the volunteer team and expressed appreciation to all the participants.

We all enjoyed getting to know each other and having the opportunity to welcome
everybody to the alumni group. A social media (Wechat) group was also created
during the evening to keep everyone connected.

The KU Leuven Shanghai Alumni team is looking forward to organizing the next event and
seeing you all again!"

Take a look at some pictures of the event >>


Report London event 'Changing the Future of Healthcare' september 2015

London, September 30, 2015 – The London Alumni Chapter of Leuven University (KULeuven), in collaboration with Leuven.Inc, hosted its inaugural event at the prestigious London Business School to highlight ‘Changing the Future of Healthcare’.

During the event three speakers from Leuven, Dr. Jan Schrooten, Director at RegMed platform Vlaams-Brabant, Dr. Peter Mercelis, CSO at 3DSystems and Co-founder of LayerWise, and Dr. Peter Peumans, Director Health at imec, enlightened audiences on the potential impact of technological developments on regenerative medicines many of which are emerging from London and Leuven. They provided some tangible examples by discussing the important role of nano-electronics and 3D-printing on future regenerative healthcare applications.

‘In the international scene Leuven has to be positioned much more visibly as a top notch knowledge region’, said Nicole De Smyter, ‘and in doing so we desire to have our KU Leuven alumni involved’. “We’re glad Leuven.Inc contacted us to jointly launch the first in this series of unique events”, confirms Thomas Verbist, Co-organiser of KULeuven’s London Alumni Chapter and KU Leuven/Ekonomika Alumnus. “This was the first activity for the new alumni chapter, and we couldn’t have imaged a more successful evening”!

More than 65 people joined the first event, including several KUL alums, local researchers, and healthcare professionals. Following the seminar, attendees convened for a networking reception and to reacquaint with old friends.

The event has been organised with support from Leuven MindGate, Flanders Investment & Trade, and KULeuven Alumni.

Take a look at the pictures.

Next events?

The KUL Alumni Chapter of London are planning to organise three events per year in London. The next event will be in January 2016 and will focus on Social Impact inside and outside work.

Want to be involved?

  • If you are interested in joining the London alumni team and helping organise an evening – please contact us via
  • Tell us what you hope to see in the future: 
  • Join our Facebook and LinkedIn pages to stay tuned for upcoming activities
  • Propose a Belgian company or speaker for one of our next events!

KU Leuven ranks first of all Belgian universities

Seven of the Belgian universities are ranked in the yearly update of the "QS World University Rankings". For of them are ranked in the top 200: KU Leuven (82), UGent (124),  UCL (149) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (194).

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Flanders Today: 'Flemish universities reach out to alumni, at home and abroad'

Flanders Today, the newspaper that spreads news from Flanders throughout the world, has written an article, with our cooperation, about Alumni Relations in and outside of Flanders. 

Our alumni can contribute in several ways. They can give feedback on the development of our teaching activities; they can give advice on education choices; they can facilitate international relations and the recruitment drive and, last but not least, they can come back as part of our lifelong learning efforts.

Katlijn Malfliet, KU Leuven rector for alumni policies. 

Read the full article >>

Hacking Velo. (re)cycle of the artwork by alumnus Ief Spincemaille

In February 2015 Ief Spincemaille set up a temporary second atelier at the workshop of Velo, a Leuven based bike repair shop. For his project he hacks the existing production line. He recycles old paintings instead of bicycles and re-uses their raw materials for the recreation of some pioneering works in modern art history by a.o. Damien Hirst, Ellsworth Kelley, Kasimir Malevich, ...

The production system of Velo inspired him to integrate some social, environmental and economic values ​​in his work process. "Hacking Velo. (re)cycle of the artwork" inscribes itself in what already exists in order to create new cross-links. Contrary to the romantic notion of the artist as the creator who makes "something new out of nothing", Ief Spincemaille rather works as a weaver who dismantles and re-connects existing traditions and systems, in order to develop a new cycle of use.
This project is developed on a longer term (minimum 1 year) and new works will be added to the collection overtime. The first works and the work process can already be visited at Velo.

Velo, Hollestraat 1, 3001 Heverlee, from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00 and Friday from 9:00 to 16:00. The entrance is free.
A guided tour or group visit is possible by appointment:

Concept: Ief Spincemaille / Realisation: Ief Spincemaille, Bout De Beul, Ibrahim Khlel / With the support of Velo, Studio van de Verbreder, 30 CC and Werktank (Poor Media) / This project was made possible thanks to the hospitality of Velo and its employees / Special thanks to Steven Vandenberghe and Jonas Rutgeerts


Commission President Juncker sets out his vision on the future of the EU in Leuven

65 years after the Schuman Declaration – the birth act of the European integration process – and 6 months into the new European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker will reveal on 4th  May his vision for the future of Europe during a public lecture attended by, among others, students and alumni of the KU Leuven.

President Juncker will give the lecture within the framework of the KU Leuven Wilfried Martens Fund. On the occasion of the Future of Europe Lecture, the first Wilfried Martens Thesis Prize will be awarded and the laureate of the Wilfried Martens Scholarship 2015-2016 will be announced.

  • Date: Monday May 4th, 2015
  • Location: Grote Aula (Maria Theresiacollege, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven)
  • Start lecture: 19hrs
  • Register before April 22, 2015:
  • Contact: Prof. Steven Van Hecke │ │+32 (0) 491 253 657
  • News room KU Leuven: Tine Danschutter (press officer, 0479 98 37 92) or Sigrid Somers (chief press officer, 0475 87 40 08)
  • Information:
  • Would you like to support the Fund? Donations can be directly submitted to the account of the ‘KU Leuven Wilfried Martens Fund’ (IBAN: BE45 7340 1941 7789 – BIC: KREDBEBB) with the address ‘KU Leuven, Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven’, while mentioning 400/0011/02405.

The Wilfried Martens Future of Europe Lecture is organised with the support of:

Call for candidates for The Roger Dillemans Fund

The Roger Dillemans Fund has been set up to give talented students a chance to follow a specialisation education.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, scholarships will be granted again to developing-world students who have obtained a master's degree from KU Leuven with excellent results and would like to continue their studies with a second master's degree, also at KU Leuven University.

The conditions, the procedure, composition of the selection commission and the application form can be retrieved on:

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2015.

Please do not apply if you don't comply with all the conditions.

New: KU Leuven alumni chapter London

The first steps towards an active Alumni Chapter in London were already made in 2012 with some events. But in 2015, we really launched the London chapter!

On January 14th, we met a group of enthousiastic KU Leuven Alumni in the Flanders House in London, who were willing to volonteer and make this group a real success!

In the upcoming months, we will take the neccessary steps to organisie a next big event in May 2015. Keep an eye on our newsletter and Facebook page and don't miss a thing!

If you are interested in helping out or be put on the e-mailing list, please inform the team using this e-mail.

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  • change your privacy setting and communication preferences
  • register for alumni activities and pay immediately online
  • pay your membership to your alumni chapter immediately online
  • print your membership card
  • find your fellow alumni 

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