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The University of Ghent

 

Ghent University (Dutch: Universiteit Gent, abbreviated as UGent) is a Dutch-speaking public university located in Ghent, Belgium.

Founded in 1817 as a Latin-speaking State University by William I, King of the Netherlands, Ghent University is one of the larger Flemish universities, consisting of Over 130 faculty departments, spread over 11 faculties and  more than 32,000 students and 7,100 staff members. The current rector is Paul Van Cauwenberge.

After its independence in 1830, the Belgian State was in charge of the administration of Ghent University; French was the new official academic language. In 1930 Ghent University became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium. The Decree of 1991 assigned great autonomy to the university; and changed its name from State University of Ghent (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Gent , abbreviated as RUG) to its current name.

 

With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, history, etc. More than 5 department are nowadays collaborating centres for World Health Organization, including the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health care, which is the WHO collaborating centre in Primary Health Care.

Today, after decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistiEditc university with a broad international perspective.

Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation, and attaches great interest to a transparent organization structure, a dynamic human resources policy, an active environmental policy, its support to spin-offs and other new initiatives.