University of Liège

University of Liège
Université de Liège
Latin: Universitas Leodiensis
Type Public university of the French Community of Belgium
Established 1817
Rector Prof. Albert Corhay
Administrator Laurent Despy
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 20,000
Location Liège, Wallonia, Belgium
Coordinates: 50°38′27″N 05°34′29″E / 50.64083°N 5.57472°E / 50.64083; 5.57472
Campus Liège, Arlon, Gembloux
Affiliations AUF

The University of Liège (ULiège), in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium, is a major public university in the French Community of Belgium. Its official language is French. As of 2016, ULiège is ranked in the #251–300 category worldwide according to Times Higher Education,[1] 265nd by QS World University Rankings,[2] and between the 205th and 300th place by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[3] More than 2000 people, academics, scientists and technicians, are involved in research of a wide variety of subjects from basic research to applied research.


The University was founded in 1817 by William I of the Netherlands, then King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and by his Minister of Education, Anton Reinhard Falck. The foundation of the university was the result of a long intellectual tradition which dates back to the origins of the Bishopric of Liège. Beginning in the eleventh century, the influence of the prince-bishops of Liège attracted students and prominent scientists and philosophers, such as Petrarch, to study in its libraries. The reputation of its medieval schools gave the city the reputation as a new Athens.[4]

A 17 March 1808 decree by Napoleon I concerning the organization of an imperial university indicated Liège as the site of a new academy to be composed of a Faculty of Arts and a Faculty of Science—the first university charter for Liège. Ultimately, Liège owes its university to William I of the Netherlands, who remembered the city's prestigious legacy of teaching and culture when he decided to establish a new university on Walloon soil.

Nearly 200 years later, settled to some extent in the Sart-Tilman district of Liège, the University of Liège depends on the French community of Belgium. The University is located at the edge of the River Meuse, in the center of "the Island," the Latin Quarter of Liège. By 2009, the Agronomical University College of Gembloux (FUSAGx) is part of ULiège. It has adopted a new name for academics as well as research, namely 'Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech'.


The University of Liège has:

  • 20,000 students
    • 4,600 foreign students
  • 4,300 employees
    • 2,800 faculty members (both teaching and research)
    • 1,300 administrative and technical support staff

The ULiège comprises:

  • 10 Faculties
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
    • Faculty of Law and Political Science
    • Faculty of Science
    • Faculty of Medicine
    • Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (Applied Science)
    • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    • Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech – Faculty of Agronomical Science and Biological Engineering (at the Gembloux campus)
    • Faculty of Psychology and Education
    • Faculty of Social Science (Sociology & Human Sciences)
    • Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • 2 Schools
    • HEC Liège Management School – University of Liege (Economics & Business: Public economics, Political economy, Finance, Business administration, Entrepreneurship, Public management, Engineering management, IT management & Business engineering)
    • The J. Constant Graduate School of Criminology (part of the Faculty of Law and Political Science)
  • 45 Departments

Notable alumni

For full list see University of Liège alumni

Notable faculty

Honorary doctorate

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Search". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. "QS Top Universities Ranking 2014-2015".
  3. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014". Archived from the original on January 19, 2015.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  5. History of Geopyhysics, Volume 1. Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union. 1984. p. 44. ISSN 8755-1217.
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