Hasselt University

Hasselt University

Hasselt University is a young active centre of excellence in research, teaching and service delivery. It sees it as its social obligation to actively contribute to the sustainability and innovation of the region. It strives to be an innovation hub on the web. Hasselt University, therefore, places a high value on cooperation with other centers of expertise as well as with government agencies, businesses, and other organizations within Limburg in addition to other regions.

At present, the Universities of Hasselt and Maastricht are part of The Transnational University Limburg (tUL). Along along with Hogeschool PXL, it established the Limburg Association of Higher Education (AUHL).

History And Academics

Hasselt University was officially established in 1971 as 'LimburgsUniversitair Centrum' (LUC), but it was not until 1973 that the university - literally - opened its doors and welcomed its first students. Up until 1991, the university wasin reality it was a university for undergraduates with two faculties which included the Faculty of Dentistry and Medicine in addition to the Faculty of Sciences (with study programs in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology). In 1991 the university expanded the reach of its curriculum by transforming the Limburg Business School (EconomischeHogeschool Limburg), an independent university college which was located on the same campus in Diepenbeek, into the Faculty of Applied Economics. The same time, Hasselt University became entitled to host postgraduate courses and confer doctoral degrees within the three faculties.


Hasselt University is an innovative university with an international orientation. It is a symbol of excellence in education, leading research in cutting-edge fields and dedicated to creativity and entrepreneurship. This is evident in its place among the top 10 universities in the world according to U-Multirank 2019, the year of U-Multirank. The aim is to blend academic excellence with social and economic significance. Hasselt University has an extensive international network and is an active partner in many international education and research projects.

Hasselt University is ranked 65th in the Times Higher Education ranking of institutions with a student population younger than 50 years old. Based on Times Higher Education Ranking 2020 The University of Hasselt is among the top 351- 400 universities in the world.


Campus Hasselt

The main office for Hasselt University is located at the campus of Hasselt. The complex comprises three buildings, which are located close to each one: the Vice-Chancellor's Office Building and the Faculty of Law and the "Oude Gevangenis' (the renovated 'Old City Jail'). The former city jail provides the new residence for students studying law, and includes several study rooms as well as two auditoriums. There is also a Student Service Center, where enrollment of students for the first time is conducted, is located in the 'Oude Gervangenis'.

Campus Diepenbeek

Since 1973, Hasselt University is located on the Campus Diepenbeek, which occupies 75 acres of land. Additionally, several institutes for applied research as well as an incubator for the creation of small-scale enterprises, as well as a number of small businesses working with the research at the University are situated within the campus Diepenbeek. Building D is home to an agora as well as the student-run restaurant along with the library.

Faculties and Research Institutes

6 faculties plus 2 School

  • Architecture and Arts
  • Business Management
  • Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Engineering Technology
  • Law
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sciences
  • + School of Transportation Sciences
  • + School of Educational Studies

Hasselt University has six research institutes:

Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED)

  • Data Science Institute (Censtat)
  • Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec)
  • Institute for Environmental Sciences (CMK)
  • Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM)
  • Transportation Research Centre (IMOB)
  • Limburg Clinical Research Centre (LCRC)

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