Students from all around the world come to study at one of Flanders' universities in Antwerp (UAntwerpen), Brussels (VUB), Ghent (UGent), Hasselt (UHasselt) and Leuven (KU Leuven). Together, these institutions generate up to 90% of the region’s non-private scientific output and play a significant role in the output of R&D in Flanders.
Even more, all these institutions systematically show up in the 2019 Shanghai ranking of 1000 best universities in the world. UGent holds 66th place and is the highest-ranking university of Flanders on the list. KU Leuven, the oldest and largest university in Belgium, is number 85. KU Leuven is also ranked as the most innovative university in Europe and 7th-most innovative worldwide in the 2019 Top 100: The Most Innovative Universities ranking by Reuters.