Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange.
The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Corneille Heymans, Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,...
You'll also find many prominent persons among our alumni such as Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC).
Today, Ghent University is one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees.
Our 11 faculties are composed of 117 faculty departments. These departements offer more than 230 high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.
UGent distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.
A degree-seeking student wishes to obtain a diploma or degree at Ghent University.
For exchange students
An exchange student temporarily lives in a foreign country and attends courses. The exchange period at UGent lasts a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 12 months. The exchange student does not get a diploma from UGent.
Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe with some 60,000 people in 1300 AD, 70,000 in 1400, growing to 175,000 shortly after 1500 AD. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.
The municipality comprises the city of Ghent proper and the surrounding towns of Afsnee, Desteldonk, Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ledeberg, Mariakerke, Mendonk, Oostakker, Sint-Amandsberg, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Wondelgem and Zwijnaarde. With 240,191 inhabitants in the beginning of 2009, Ghent is Belgium's second largest municipality by number of inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,205 km2 (465 sq mi) and has a total population of 594,582 as of 1 January 2008, which ranks it as the fourth most populous in Belgium. The current mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, leads a coalition of the Socialistische Partij Anders, Groen and Open VLD.
The ten-day-long "Ghent Festival" (Gentse Feesten in Dutch) is held every year and attended by about two million visitors.
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