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Vrije Universiteit Brussel


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel About this sound listen (help·info) is a Dutch-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has three campuses referred to as Etterbeek, Jette and Kaai (Anderlecht).

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 abbreviations or 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 (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.
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Université libre de Bruxelles


The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (French for Free University of Brussels, though rarely translated) is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 24,200 students, 32% of whom come from abroad, and an equally cosmopolitan staff.
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Université libre de Bruxelles


The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (French for Free University of Brussels, though rarely translated) is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 24,200 students, 32% of whom come from abroad, and an equally cosmopolitan staff.

Faculté de droit et de criminologie, UCL

Ottignies-Louvain-la-NeuveTheology, Religion

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University College London

LondonTheology, Religion Neurosciences, Neurology Pharmacology, Pharmacy

University College London (UCL) is a public research university in London, England and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Recognised as one of the most prestigious multidisciplinary research universities in the world, UCL is the largest higher education institution in London and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK by enrollment.

Founded in 1826 as London University, UCL was the first university institution established in London and the earliest in England to be entirely secular, to admit students regardless of their religion, and to admit women on equal terms with men. The philosopher Jeremy Bentham is commonly regarded as the spiritual father of UCL, as his radical ideas on education and society were the inspiration to its founders, although his direct involvement in its foundation was limited. UCL became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836. It has grown through mergers, including with the Institute of Neurology (in 1997), the Eastman Dental Institute (in 1999), the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (in 1999), the School of Pharmacy (in 2012) and the Institute of Education (in 2014).

UCL's main campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of central London, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals elsewhere in central London, and satellite campuses in Adelaide, Australia and Doha, Qatar. UCL is organised into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL is responsible for several museums and collections in a wide range of fields, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. UCL has around 36,000 students and 11,000 staff (including around 6,000 academic staff and 980 professors) and had a total income of £1.02 billion in 2013/14, of which £374.5 million was from research grants and contracts. UCL is a member of numerous academic organisations and is part of UCL Partners, the world's largest academic health science centre, and the 'golden triangle' of British universities.

UCL is one of the most selective British universities and ranks highly in national and international league tables. UCL's graduates are ranked among the most employable by international employers and its alumni include the "Father of the Nation" of each of India, Kenya and Mauritius, founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria, the inventor of the telephone, and one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. UCL faculties have contributed to major advances in several disciplines; all five of the naturally-occurring noble gases were discovered at UCL by William Ramsay, the vacuum tube was invented by UCL graduate John Ambrose Fleming while a faculty of UCL and several foundational advances in modern statistics were made at UCL's statistical science department founded by Karl Pearson. There are 32 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields Medalists amongst UCL's alumni and current and former staff.
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Université libre de Bruxelles


The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (French for Free University of Brussels, though rarely translated) is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 24,200 students, 32% of whom come from abroad, and an equally cosmopolitan staff.
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University of Mons

The University of Mons (French: Université de Mons) is a new Belgian university located in the city of Mons, created by merging the Engineering Faculty of Mons (FPMs) and the University of Mons-Hainaut. The merging of the institutions was achieved following a geographical logic because of the high complementarity between them and their location in the same city.

This merger was accepted by the two universities on 6 July 2007 and confirmed by the Belgian French Community Parliament on 25 November 2008. From an administrative point of view the University of Mons was founded on 1 January 2009.

Prof. Conti, former rector of the Engineering Faculty of Mons, became the first rector of the University of Mons.

The University of Mons is the fourth (and smallest) university of the French community of Belgium with about 5,700 students.
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École Centrale de Bruxelles


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École polytechnique de Louvain


Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque


The Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC - college of circus arts) is an official, subsidised school of the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles of Belgium whose organising authority is the Commission Communautaire Française (COCOF). ESAC is a school located in Brussels, Belgium, she became the 17th institute of Higher Education in the Arts en 2003. To be accepted at this college, candidates must have a diploma equivalent to that of higher secondary education in Belgium, the baccalaureate or a corresponding level. This is a short-cycle course, comprising three years of study, at the end of which the student obtains a Bachelor’s degree (Bologna) in the performing arts and broadcasting and communication techniques, option: circus arts. The ESAC is one of six European colleges of circus arts that provide this type of training leading to a diploma. Through multidisciplinary training based on research and creation, the teaching of circus techniques and other art forms is devised as integral aspects of a single whole. The basic disciplines are: specialised circus skills, dynamic and static acrobatics, trampoline, specific physical preparation, dance and theatre. The aim is to train artists who will be able to integrate their research and creation into the contemporary evolu- tion of circus, creating new forms and new approaches to collective creation.

A high standard of proficiency in the specialised skills taught, based on artistic pluridisciplinarity. Integration of acting and movement into the students’ basic vocabulary in order to encourage an original form of expression within the performing arts. An understanding and historical perception of the circus art, which is constantly changing and evolv- ing, so as to promote the emergence of the most varied styles. Give the students the opportunity to develop their creative autonomy and cultivate the distinctive nature of their approach. They must acquire the theoretical, technical and practical knowledge essential for the integration of these skills in their art form. Prepare the students to take an active part in society as artists through the concerted study of the functions assigned to art, to artists and to their role as citizens.

tudents applying to take the entrance exam must be in very good physical condition, have an advanced level in acrobatics and be proficient in a specialist field of the circus arts. They must also have attained an appreciable standard in acting and movement. They will also be assessed for their potential to successfully formulate and realize a personal project as well as for their aptitude to integrate into collective projects. This course of studies requires daily presence at all classes (artistic, technical and general) and calls for sustained physical and intellectual investment. The selection process usually takes place at the end of the school year, in late June or early July.

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