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University of Liège
Université de Liège
Latin: Universitas Leodiensis
Established 1817
Type Public university of the French Community of Belgium
Rector Prof. Bernard Rentier
Administrator François Ronday
Faculty 2,400
Staff 3,300
Students 17,000
Location Liège, Wallonia, Belgium
Coordinates: 50°38′27″N 05°34′29″E / 50.64083°N 5.57472°E / 50.64083; 5.57472
Campus Urban, suburban
Affiliations AUF
Académie Wallonie-Europe

The University of Liège (ULg), in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium, is a major public university in the French Community of Belgium. Its official language is French.



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.

Nearly 200 years later, though settled to some extent in the Sart-Tilman district of Liège, the University of Liège depends on the French community of Belgium. The University is located at the edge of the River Meuse, in the center of "the Island," the Latin Quarter of Liège. By 2009, the Agronomical University College of Gembloux (FUSAGx) is part of ULg. It has adopted a new name for academics as well as research, namely 'Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech'.


The University of Liège has:

  • 17,000 students
    • 3,100 foreign students
  • 3,300 employees
    • 2,400 faculty members (both teaching and research)
    • 800 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 Architecture, Building Engineering, Planning and Urbanism
    • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    • Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - Faculty of Agronomical Science and Biological Engineering (at the Gembloux campus)
    • Faculty of Psychology and Education
  • 2 Schools
  • 1 Institute
    • The ULg Institute for Social Science (Sociology & Human Sciences)
  • 45 Departments

Notable alumni

For full list see University of Liège alumni

Notable faculty

See also

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