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The University Foundation is the meeting place

  • for all academics in Belgium,
  • for academics and members of civil society,
  • for academics in Belgium, foreign academics and members of international organizations.

In elegantly furnished rooms members can meet colleagues and guests. In a pleasant reading room, daily and weekly newspapers, as well as scientific reviews, are available. 

The restaurant serves lunch with a varied menu to members and their guests. 

Our hotel has 14 attractive bedrooms for our Club members. The University Foundation organises numerous scientific, cultural and artisitic events for the Club members.

Below a list is given of the future academic and cultural activities organized by the Club of the University Foundation. For more information on a particular activity the reader is referred to the relevant Dutch or French section of the website.

In 2018 a series of lunh-debates is organized to honour the memory of the former Executive Director Prof. Louis Baeck.

In the first semester 2018 a new series of four lunch-debates in the initiative "A World of Cities" is organised.

For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.

NEW ! The next edition of the Ethical Forum takes place on December 6, 2018, and deals with the increasing use of English as an instruction language in higher education in Belgium, with the provocative title "Towards Anglophone universities?".More information on the website of the Ethical Forum.

Future activities of Re-Bel :

  • Thursday 21 June 2018:  Belgium, a utopia for our times?
  • Thursday13 December 2018: Mobility and urban development in Belgium: how much can/should be decentralized?
  • Thursday 20 June 2019: Poverty: Minimum income and child benefits: Anti-poverty policy in Belgium’s three Regions.

More information: www.rethinkingbelgium.eu.

For further information on the activities please see the Dutch or the French section of the website.

For the Queen Elisabeth contest, the concerts at Bozar and at La Monnaie, and the performances at the "Théâtre National" and the "KVS", the reader is referred to the relevant news item on the Dutch or French web pages.

During the present academic year we organise the following cultural excursions for our members :

  • Thursday 19 and Friday 20 April 2018 : excursion to Leiden (The Netherlands).
  • From Wednesday 4 July till Sunday 8 July 2018 : excursion to Sils Maria, guided by prof. Michel FLAMEE
  • From Monday 24 September till Sunday 30 September 2018 : excursion  "following Johann Sebastian Bach".

For further information on these activities please refer to the French or Dutch web pages.

Debate on


(part of the lecture cycle "Traveling with Prof. Louis Baeck in the global village",
organized in cooperation with Prof. Dirk Heremans.)

Thursday November 15, 2018 at 4.30 pm

(related to the publication by L.Baeck: "De financiële systeemcrisis in geopolitiek  perspectief", 2009).

moderator: Dirk Heremans
keynote speaker:Peter Praet : “Monetary Policy and Financial Stability” 
panel members:  Paul De Grauwe and Cynthia Van Hulle

Link to register.

Debate followed by a walking cocktail.

In view of the international character of the topic and possible participants the debate is organized in English.

Sketch of the topic:

Global Finance

What future for banks and sustainable global finance?

The debate will focus on financial crises, bank reform and the future of global finance;

  1. Is sustainable financial stability within reach or are we sleepwalking to the next financial crisis?
  2. Can actual inflation (and business cycle) oriented monetary policy by the ECB be better geared to financial stability?
  3. And can worldwide monetary arrangements (on exchange rate stability) avoid currency wars and destabilizing capital flows?
  4. Do we return to the crisis-prone “exuberant financialisation “ of the economy  or stop the dominance of this Anglo-Saxon financial capitalism (Wall street, City London)?
  5. Are Fin-Tech innovations in the digital age to become game changers presenting new opportunities or new instability for bank business models.?