"Leuven - Hogeschool ( University )" Belgium Things to Do Tip by speed4turtles

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The Leuven University is considered to be the oldest catholic university in the world. Some don't agree with this. Mainly because the University was abolished in 1797 by the French Republic (after the annexation of the Austrian Netherlands to France). Only in 1817, during the Dutch Regime, the university was re-opened, but this time as one of the 6 state universities in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. After the Belgian independence in 1830, the Belgian Bishops recreated the Catholic University in 1834 in the city of Mechelen (at 20 miles from Leuven). One year later, the Catholic University returned home to Leuven.

In 1968 , after persisting linguistic problems in the Unitarian Belgium, the University was split in two parts: the Dutch-speaking section (K.U.L) remained in Leuven. For the French-speaking students a new university town was built south of Brussels : LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE (New Leuven).


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  • Updated Aug 12, 2003
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