Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Through tailor-made high quality research and education, VUB wants to contribute in an active and committed way to a better society for tomorrow.

VUB originated from the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels’ lawyer with Flemish roots, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. It was his intention to create a university independent of church and state at which academic freedom would roam. Although ULB would already teach in Dutch at the law faculty as early as 1935, it wouldn’t be until 1963 before practically all the faculties would teach in Dutch.

For more than 180 years VUB has helped build a better society as an innovative, free inquiring and critical thinking university. We are linked to the world from within our international capital Brussels. A never-ending quest for knowledge, insights and enlightenment form the golden thread in all we do in education, research and social commitment.

At the same time they continue to advance their very personal and democratic approach that enables all the members of the VUB-community to grow, so they can successfully take up their roles in the world of today and tomorrow.

VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2,
1050 Brussel

All members of the VUB community endorse a specific value spectrum. According to their values:

  • We place humanity central
  • A democratic attitude guides our (co)operation
  • Respect for and trust in each other characterises our community
  • Curiosity drives us in learning, researching, innovating and working
  • We strive to obtain the highest possible quality in everything we do
  • Multidisciplinarity and cooperation are our starting points
  • We stimulate entrepreneurship and cooperation within and outside the university
  • We see diversity as an asset
  • We strive for sustainability in all its facets
  • Societal relevance drives us in all our choices