Building on almost 600 years of history, the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) develops innovative and high-quality teaching methods to provide the young generation with the autonomy, the critical mind and the open vision of the world needed to succeed in their professional life. UCL also aims at promoting world-class research based on team work and interdisciplinary approaches, convinced that both education and research are critical for addressing societal challenges. UCL is a large community with a strong international dimension. UCL is also a strong research university, with about 3,000 researchers and 2,000 PhD students, of which 48 per cent are international PHD students. UCL is serving society and is contributing actively to the economic development of its region with university hospitals, an art museum, science parks, spin-offs and libraries.