Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Continente: Europe

Country: Belgium

Address: Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel, Belgium

Web Site: www.vub.ac.be



About Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a Dutch-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has four campuses: Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus (in Ixelles), Brussels Health Campus (in Jette), Brussels Technology Campus (in Anderlecht) and Brussels Photonics Campus (in Gooik). The university's name is sometimes abbreviated by "VUB" or translated to "Free University of Brussels". However, it is an official policy of the university not to use translations of its name, because of possible confusion with another university that has the same translated name: the French-speaking Université libre de Bruxelles. In fact, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel was formed by the splitting in 1970 of the same Université libre de Bruxelles, which was founded in 1834 by the Flemish-Brussels lawyer Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university independent from state and church, where academic freedom would be prevalent. This is today still reflected in the university's motto Scientia vincere tenebras, or Conquering darkness by science, and in its more recent slogan Redelijk eigenzinnig (in Dutch), or Reasonably opinionated. Accordingly, the university is pluralistic — it is open to all students on the basis of equality regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background – and it is managed using democratic structures, which means that all members – from students to faculty – participate in the decision-making processes. The university is organised into 8 faculties that accomplish the three central missions of the university: education, research, and service to the community. The faculties cover a broad range of fields of knowledge including the natural sciences, classics, life sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering. The university provides bachelor, master, and doctoral education to about 8,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. It is also a strongly research-oriented institute, which has led to its top-189th position among universities worldwide. Its research articles are on average more cited than articles by any other Flemish university.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
World University Rankings 138 355 335 337 327 352 323 333 339 332 339 372

ByField

Field 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Agriculture - - - 247 - 275 - - - - 351-400 401-450
Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 401-450 401-450
Life Sciences - - - 281 286 - - 295 - - 301-350 301-350
Clinical Medicine - 268 252 255 286 - - 299 - - 301-350 301-350
Natural Sciences - - - - - - 297 - - - 301-350 351-400
Social Sciences - 260 - - - - - - 295 289 276 273

BySubject

Subject 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Agricultural Sciences - - - - - 275 234 254 258 255 268 301-350
Chemistryical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - - 451-500
Chemistry - - - - - - - - - - 401-450 401-450
Civil Engineering - - - - - - - - 297 - - 301-350
Computer Science - - - 286 - - - - - - 351-400 351-400
Electrical Engineering - - - 211 269 226 256 274 277 296 301-350 301-350
Environment / Ecology - - - - - - - - - - - -
Geosciences - - - 230 279 262 265 262 260 268 257 297
Materials Science - - - - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500
Mathematics - - - - - - - - 294 - - 401-450
Mechanical Engineering - - - 297 273 - - - 293 - - 265
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - - - - - 296 - 291 - 301-350 301-350
Physics - - - - - - 283 284 - - 301-350 301-350
Plant & Animal Science - - - - - - - - - - - 351-400