The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an internationally oriented university in the capital of Europe. Its goal is to actively contribute to a better society anchored in the principles of free research. Founded in 1970, it originates from the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), which was established in 1834 as in institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, free from the dictation of church and state.
The VUB hosts more than 19,000 students representing 145 nationalities across 150 study programs and eight faculties. It delivers pioneering research in many fields, including photonics, robotics, mobility, artificial intelligence, structural biology, diabetes, and fertility.
Its long-term vision is to become an open and connected university, actively contributing to solving the challenges of contemporary society. This commitment is reflected in its proud membership of the EUTOPIA European University Alliance, where it leads the effort to develop a science diplomacy culture amongst the ten partners.
Part of the VUB, the Brussels School of Governance carries out interdisciplinary research, organizes fully accredited higher education programs and delivers a broad range of academic services in numerous policy-relevant fields, including energy, environment, security, diplomacy, migration, diversity, digitalization, and democracy.