University of Liège

The University of Liège (ULg) is a major public university in the French Community of Belgium. Its official language is French. As of 2015, ULg is ranked in the #351-400 category worldwide according to Times Higher Education, 272nd by QS World University Rankings, and between the 205th and 300th place by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. 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.

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.

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 ULg comprises:

9 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 Architecture

2 Schools

  • HEC Management School - University of Liege (Economics, Finance, Management & Business Engineering)
  • The J. Constant Graduate School of Criminology (part of the Faculty of Law and Political Science)

1 Institute

  • The ULg Institute for Social Science (Sociology & Human Sciences)
  • 45 Departments
Europe Belgium
Institution type
Non French Institutions University or university institute