University of Antwerp
|Affiliation||Aurora, Utrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVA0, YUFE|
|Rector||Herman Van Goethem|
|Students||± 20 000|
Campus Drie Eiken
|Colours||Red and blue|
The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. The official abbreviation is UA, but UAntwerpen is more recently used. The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. The University of Antwerp is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities.
As of 2019, the University of Antwerp ranks as 198th globally according to Times Higher Education, 223rd according to QS World University Rankings and between the 201 and 300th place according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university ranked 22nd in the Times Higher Education Ranking for Young Universities (2019) and 18th in the QS University Ranking Top 50 Under 50 (2020). In ten domains the university's research is among the best in the world: Drug Discovery and Development; Ecology and Sustainable Development; Harbour, Transport and Logistics; Imaging; Infectious Diseases; Materials Characterisation; Neurosciences; Socio-economic Policy and Organisation; Public Policy and Political Science; Urban History and Contemporary Urban Policy.
The university's roots go back to Sint-Ignatius Handelshogeschool (Saint-Ignatius School for Higher Education in Commerce) founded by the Jesuit (Society of Jesus) in Antwerp in 1852. This was one of the first European business schools to offer formal university degrees. It later opened a Faculty of Literature and Philosophy (including Law) and a Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. It was renamed Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen (UFSIA) in the 1960s when the Belgian government granted it university status. In the early 1970s UFSIA joined into a confederation with "Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen" (RUCA) and "Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen" (UIA), public institutions.
In 2003 UFSIA, RUCA, and UIA merged into the University of Antwerp to become the first explicitly pluralistic university in Belgium, offering philosophical, ethical, and spiritual discourse and openness towards religion and intercultural dialogue. It soon became the third largest university in Flanders with 20,000 students. In order to face the challenges posed by the internationalization of European education and research, the University is part of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA). The Catholic influence that the Jesuits had at UFSIA continues through the Saint Ignatius University Centre (UCSIA), Antwerp, founded in 2003.
The University of Antwerp has 33 academic bachelor programmes, 69 master programmes, 18 master-after-master programmes and 23 postgraduates. In addition, there are 31 programmes completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master and 4 postgraduate programmes). All of these programmes are divided into 9 faculties.
- Business and Economics
- Applied Engineering Sciences
- Design Sciences (including architecture and conservation)
- Medicine and Health Sciences
- Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
- Social Sciences
The nine campuses are located all over the city of Antwerp, from the historic city centre to the green belt to the south of the city.
- Stadscampus: Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
- Campus Middelheim: Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp
- Campus Groenenborger: Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp
- Campus Drie Eiken: Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerp
- Campus Hoboken: Salesianenlaan 90, 2660 Hoboken
- Campus Merksem: Jaak De Boeckstraat 10, 2170 Merksem
- Campus Mutsaard: Mutsaardstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
- Campus Zuid: Schildersstraat 41, 2000 Antwerpen
- Campus Paardenmarkt: Paardenmarkt 92, 2000 Antwerpen
- Campus Brantijser: Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13, 2000 Antwerpen
|Global – Overall|
|ARWU World||201-300 (2019)|
|QS World||223 (2020)|
|THE World||198 (2020)|
|USNWR Global||214 (2020)|
In the 2010 QS World University Rankings the University of Antwerp was ranked 179th overall in the world. On the 2009 THE–QS World University Rankings list (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings), University of Antwerp was ranked on a shared 177th place. An overview of the THE-QS World University Rankings up to 2009:
|2006||252 ( 17)|
|2007||187 ( 65)|
|2008||195 ( 8)|
|2009||177 ( 18)|
|2010||179 ( 2)|
|2011||197= ( 18)|
Times Higher Education World University Ranking:
- Dirk Van de Put, businessman, incoming CEO of Mondelez International
- Johan Vandewalle, Master, MBA, CIO PSA Antwerp NV & General Manager Cosmos NV
- Marcia De Wachter (1953–), director of the National Bank of Belgium
- Patrick Janssens (1956–), politician (Flemish MP, former mayor of Antwerp)
- Mimi Lamote (1964–)
- Philippe Muyters (1961–), politician (Flemish minister)
- Bart De Wever, (1970-), politician (representative, floor leader New Flemish Alliance party and mayor of Antwerp)
- Marie-Rose Morel, politician
- Gerolf Annemans (1958–), politician (representative, floor leader Vlaams Belang party)
- Cathy Berx (1969–), jurist and politician (governor of the province of Antwerp)
- Jan Grauls (1948–), diplomat (ambassador)
- Mieke Offeciers-Van De Wiele (1952–), politician (former minister)
- Kris Peeters (1962–), politician (Minister-President of Flanders)
- Herman Portocarero (1952–), author and diplomat
- Matthias Storme (1959–), lawyer and politician
- Rudi Thomaes (1952–2018), former CEO of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises
- Bruno Valkeniers, businessman and politician (party leader of Vlaams Belang)
- Staf Van Reet, businessman
- Paul Stoffels (1962–) · Medicine • cofounder of Tibotec and Virco
- Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (1940–2009), South African politician
Linguistics and Literature & Philosophy
- Clara Cleymans (1989–), actress, voice actress and musical theatre singer
- Jan Huyghebaert (1945–), banker
- Jan Leyers (1958–), author, musician and presenter
- Hugo Matthysen (1956–), author, musician and presenter
- Bart Peeters (1959–), musician and presenter
- Matthias Storme (1959–), lawyer and politician
Political and Social Sciences
- Jos Geysels, former politician and chairman 11.11.11
- Patrick Janssens (1956–), politician (Flemish MP, mayor of Antwerp)
- Peter Mertens (1969–), politician
- Johan Vande Lanotte (1955–), politician (minister, MP, senator)
- Johan Van Hecke (1954–), member of the European Parliament
- Mieke Vogels (1954–), politician (former minister, Flemish MP)
- Dries Buytaert (1978–), author of Drupal
- Didier de Chaffoy de Courcelles (1953–), vice-president R&D of Janssen Pharmaceutica
- Peter Piot (1949–), microbiologist, head of UNAIDS
- Vincent Timmerman, molecular biologist
- Christine Van Broeckhoven (1953–), scientist and politician
- Anthony Liekens (1975–), informaticists, biologist, inventor and educator
- Marc Bossuyt, law
- Rudy Martens, management
- Bence Nanay, philosophy
- Christine Van Broeckhoven, molecular biologist
- Christine Van Den Wyngaert, law
- Frank Vandenbroucke, Applied Economics and Social Sciences
- 1978: FISU World University Cycling Championship
- 1982: FISU World University Cross Country Championship
- 1992: FISU World University Chess Championship
- 2004: IFIUS World Interuniversity Games
- 2006: FISU World University Cycling Championship
- 2007: EUSA European University Bridge Championship
At the University of Antwerp there are faculty clubs, regional clubs and political clubs. Faculty bound clubs are governed by VUAS which consists of Unifac and ASK-Stuwer. Political and philosophical clubs are governed by PFK-Antwerpen. The student newspaper is called "Dwars".
- Antwerp Management School
- Fastra II
- Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, VIB)
- Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC)
- Performance Analysis of Telecommunication Systems – a telecommunications research group at the university
- Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
- Science and technology in Flanders
- University Foundation
- Utrecht Network
- Waterfront Researchpark
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