Flanders, the northern region of Belgium, counts 5 world-class universities:
- KU Leuven (University of Leuven)
- UGent (University of Ghent)
- UAntwerpen (University of Antwerp)
- VUB (Free University of Brussels)
- UHasselt (University of Hasselt)
Together, they generate almost 90% of all the non-private scientific output of the region. In that sense, they are a crucial engine to Flanders’ knowledge economy.
Internationally, Flanders’ universities are celebrated for their high standards, as proven by this year's worldwide university rankings of Times Higher Education, the Shanghai Ranking (officially: Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) and the QS World University Rankings.