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The Université Libre de Bruxelles (or ULB) is a French-speaking university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 18,000 students.



Université Libre de Bruxelles means in English: "Free University of Brussels" or alternatively "Non-Denominational University of Brussels", but this translation is not or rarely used (university names are rarely used as translated) all the more since its Dutch-speaking counterpart, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, has the same meaning. Some facilities, shared by the ULB and VUB, use the name "Brussels Free Universities", abbreviated BFU. For example the ULB/VUB Computer Center, BFUCC ([1] (|


"The history of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is closely linked with that of Belgium itself. When the nine provinces that broke away from the Kingdom of the Netherlands formed the Belgian State in 1830, there were three state universities in the country: Ghent, Liege and Leuven. Even though Brussels had been promoted to the rank of capital, it still had no university.

For this reason, in 1831 a group of leading Brussels figures in the fields of the arts, science and education set themselves the objective of creating a university for the city. They had the choice between a state university and, failing that, a private institution, since the Belgian Constitution, the most liberal in Europe, allowed for his possibility.

Finding the financial burden of the three existing universities too onerous, the Belgian government showed little enthusiasm for yet another state university. However, when in 1834 the episcopate decided to found the Catholic University at Mechelen, things began to happen very quickly. The liberal professions and Freemasons, who were promoting the Brussels university project, stepped up their efforts, with the result that the Free University of Belgium, as it was originally known, inaugurated its first academic year on 20 November 1834.

From 1836 it was to be called the Université Libre de Bruxelles, but although the geographical term may have changed, the adjective "free" remained. This was a key point." [2] (

Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen, who helped make the university, is the symbol of the creation of the university. November 20th, called 'St Vé' is a holiday for student.


The ULB comprises two main campuses: the Campus de la Plaine in Ixelles and the Campus du Solbosch, on the territories of Brussels and Ixelles municipalities, in the Brussels-Capital Region, but the university has also buildings and activities in Anderlecht, Charleroi, Parentville, Treignes and Nivelles.


  1. Faculty of Philosophy, and Letters
  2. Faculty of Law, and Criminological Science
  3. Faculty of Social, Political, Economic Science
  4. Faculty of Psychological Science, and of Education
  5. Faculty of Sciences
  6. Faculty of Medecine
  7. School of Public Health
  8. High institute of physic education, and Kinesitherapy
  9. Institute of Pharmacy
  10. Faculty of Applied Sciences
  11. Institute of Work Science
  12. Institute of European Studies
  13. Institute of Languages, and Phonetic
  14. Institute of Environment Gestion
  15. Institute of Statistic, and Operational Research

See also

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