KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science

Introduction

The mission of the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Science is to educate high-quality engineers for the benefit of society

The Faculty brings the intellectual and human capital of each individual student to a higher level by offering him or her a research-based education in scientific and engineering fundamentals. The Faculty stimulates students to practice in-depth learning by addressing and challenging their “disciplinary future self”, to make them aware of who they wish to become as a professional (Beruf) and as members of society in general (Bildung). In order to stimulate the development of the students’ disciplinary future self, the Faculty provides multidisciplinary programmes that acquaint students with the engineering profession and with related disciplines. We value both breadth and depth of knowledge, expanding the reasoning, communication and problem-solving abilities, in order to prepare students for life-long learning. Our research-oriented education is based on research programmes which are defined and developed in close collaboration with recognized international peers and with industry.

Strategy. The following strategic objectives enable the KU Leuven Faculty of Engineering Science to realize its mission, which entails preparing students for the world of tomorrow where societal, environmental and human dimensions play an important role due to the advent of complex technical and societal challenges that require a multidisciplinary approach. It means teaching students how to learn, preparing them for life-long learning, aiming both at “Bildung” and “Beruf”, two complementary elements, where “Bildung” consists of the development of values, culture and citizenship and “Beruf” focuses on the development of entrepreneurship, professional and leadership skills.

Education

SO1. To define programme outcomes that meet international standards of engineering education.

SO2. To offer programmes that deliver broadly educated engineers, well grounded in the basics of mathematics, sciences, and technology, who can expand their vision of design through a basis in the humanities, and exhibit strong analytical skills, practical ingenuity, good communication skills, and are knowledgeable of business and management principles. The Faculty aims to educate engineers as generalist professionals to operate in a variety of complex environments.

SO3. To contact our students in our Bachelor’s programme, with a range of engineering disciplines through multidisciplinary education, before they specialize in the Master’s. The multidisciplinary character of our Bachelor of Engineering: Architecture programme is formed through an intensive combination of technical construction sciences, the theory of architecture and architectural design classes. The multidisciplinary character of our Bachelor of Engineering programme is achieved through a combination of both a major and a minor in two different disciplines, after being acquainted with all options during the first three general semesters.

SO4. To provide an environment in which students are given the essential resources to develop their design and problem-solving abilities and abilities to address, research and solve real-life problems, through both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Research/Industry

SO5. To perform internationally recognized and relevant research - both applied and theoretical - that will positively impact and improve our education, profession, and society. The Faculty has many research groups that are internationally recognized in their field, enabling teaching staff to train highly qualified engineering students in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. Students receive a research-oriented education through an academic experience of learning about research and putting it into practice.

SO6. To promote the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge to companies and society by actively seeking projects in collaboration with industry, public authorities, and societal organizations, and by offering continued further education and training in the most recent developments in the field.

Internationalisation

SO7. To develop an international open policy and atmosphere; to offer a variety of opportunities for international experiences; to prepare students for a career in an international context; to attract students having the right academic background in a wide range of international programmes.

SO8. To offer stimulating research environment for international short- and long-term visitors and to promote international mobility for its researchers.

Context

SO9. To invest in state-of-the-art education.

SO10. To professionalize lecturers and teaching assistants (TAs) through a programme that is adjusted continuously and taking into account the growing number of diverse backgrounds of teaching assistants and more diverse learning methods.

SO11. To work on the continuous improvement of our programmes based on an explicit internal quality assurance policy.

SO12. To attract students with the right academic background profile, both first-year Bachelor’s students as well as lateral-entry students, with an eye for diversity, including gender balance.

SO13. To promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in society, and more particularly in secondary and even primary schools.

COME TO STUDY AT KU LEUVEN

Welcome to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, one of the oldest universities in Europe. We offer high-quality education based on cutting-edge international scientific research and excellent, wide-ranging student facilities. Leuven is a picturesque historic town, but one that is bustling with life and lives at a student’s rhythm.

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp.

Mission statement

KU Leuven fulfills its mission by providing high-quality interdisciplinary research and education with a Catholic signature.

Locations

Leuven

Address
Kasteelpark Arenberg 1 bus 2200
3001 Leuven, Flanders, Belgium