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Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

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The yacht Amore Vero is docked in the Mediterranean resort of La Ciotat, France. French authorities have seized the yacht linked to Igor Sechin, a Vladimir Putin ally who runs Russian oil giant Rosneft, as part of EU sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Bishr Eltoni)

Sanctions against Russia are targeting the ‘elite’ — but did that work in Iran?

The targeting of elite interests has been at the centre of recent sanctions policies, including sanctions on Russia. We look at the effectiveness of targeting in Iran in the 2010s.
Public participation has been found to increase voluntary cash contributions for the construction of schools in Ugandan sub-counties. Photo by: Wayne Hutchinson/Farm Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Does bottom-up monitoring improve public services? What we found in Uganda

Public participation increased the quality and quantity of some public services, though not in all sectors, and some services were affected more than others.
Streaming services are carrying more foreign-language content. While people are stuck at home because of the pandemic, why not use the time to improve their language skills? (Shutterstock)

Watching foreign-language TV during the coronavirus pandemic can help you learn a new language

While staying at home during the pandemic, foreign language learners can improve their vocabulary and comprehension by watching films and television shows in the language they are studying.
Un pompier déplaçant un rang de combinaisons de protection, pour faire face à l'épidémie du Covid-19 qui a touché la Belgique, le 12 avril 2020 à Bruxelles. Miguel Discart/Flickr

La Belgique, prise dans la tourmente de l’urgence

Avec la crise sanitaire mondiale qui nous touche actuellement, comment la Belgique, pourtant bien rodée à la gestion de crise, a-t-elle mal appréhendé l’urgence de la situation ?
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015. Juliane Lydolph/AFP

Asylum seekers and immigrant threat: Is there a link?

The perception of an immigrant threat in Europe is often thought to be driven by rising numbers of asylum seekers, but research indicates that political and media discourses are often the driving factor.

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