The University of Antwerp is a publicly funded and fully accredited Belgian university. It is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. The university has nine faculties: Applied Economics; Arts; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences; Political and Social Sciences; Science; Design Sciences; and Applied Engineering. Doctoral programmes are available in all faculties, with more than 1,200 PhD students registered. In nine areas our research is among the best in the world: drug discovery and development; ecology and sustainable development; harbour, transport and logistics; imaging; infectious diseases; materials characterisation; neurosciences; socio-economic policy and organisation; and urban history and contemporary urban policy. The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 fee-paying students. About 2,500 of these students – exchange students not included – are from foreign countries. Education is student-centred and competence-based. Students are stimulated to develop into independently minded people who are capable of thinking analytically. In line with the Bologna process, the University of Antwerp has adopted the bachelor’s-master’s structure. It offers three-year bachelor’s programmes (180 ECTS credits) and one-year or two-year master’s programmes (60 or 120 ECTS credits).