Ghent University

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Ghent University
motto inter utrumque
founding 1817
Sponsorship state
place Ghent , Belgium
Rector Rik Van de Walle
Students 44000
Employee 15000
Networks CESAER , IAU

The University of Gent ( Dutch : Universiteit Gent ; short: UGent ), formerly Rijksuniversiteit Gent (or RUG ), is a state university in Flanders , Belgium , in the city of Ghent .


Braemt seal

The university was founded in 1817 by King Willem I to promote a new intellectual development in the south of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands , later Belgium , where unlike the north there was no university. This policy also led to the establishment of the University of Liège and the University of Leuven . The UGent was officially opened on October 9, 1817, the first rector was JC Van Rotterdam .

The so-called book tower - designed by the architect Henry van de Velde

After the Belgian Revolution , Ghent University became a French-speaking institute (until then the language of instruction was Latin ), at that time the language of the intellectual elite. Nonetheless, the Flemish Movement made attempts to "Dutchish" it. One of these attempts was made during World War I in 1917, but it was reversed after the war. The Flämisierung Ghent University was in World War I, among others, the Flamenpolitik the German occupiers supported. In 1930 the university finally became Dutch-speaking. The first rector was August Vermeylen (until 1932).

The university has awarded honorary doctorates to Jacques Rogge (2001), Jan Hoet (2000), Kofi Annan (2004), Linda Hutcheon (2005) and Desmond Tutu (2005) , among others .


More than 41,000 students study at the university, around 1,100 of them from other EU countries and around 1,000 from non-EU countries. At the university (excluding the university clinic) there are around 6,800 employees in eleven faculties, including around 920 professors and over 1,700 assistants and other researchers, plus a good 1,900 third-party funded scientists. Rik Van de Walle is the principal . The university has a budget of over 400 million euros .

One of the most famous buildings of the university is the so-called "book tower " by the architect Henry van de Velde , which houses the university library. The tower is one of the city's landmarks.


  • Humanities and philosophy
  • law Sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Engineering
  • Economics and Management
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Psychology and Education
  • Bio-engineering
  • pharmacy
  • Political and Social Sciences

Eminent professors


  • Jos Vinks: Nationalism in Flanders, history and idea . Vaterstetten, 1978.

See also

Web links

Commons : Ghent University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Facts and figures. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
  2. About us> Organization> Management and administration> Rector. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
  3. 2019 Facts and figures. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
  4. 2019 Facts and figures. Retrieved August 4, 2019 .
  5. See: Hubert Nélis, Inventaire des archives de l'Université de l'État à Louvain , Brussels, Hayez, 1917, p. 8: “tous les professeurs, à l'exception de ceux de littératures hollandaise et française, de la pratique you droit et des sciences économiques, devaient aux termes de la loi, se servir dans leurs leçons de la langue latine ”.
  6. Prof. dr. Rik Opsommer / biography with contact email on the website of Ghent University

Coordinates: 51 ° 2 ′ 46 ″  N , 3 ° 43 ′ 39 ″  E