Welcome to the website of the University Foundation

  • Auditorium or banquet room in different sizes
  • The complete progam of our club activities
  • Discover our Twinning Partners around the world

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.

The various initiatives of the University Foundation are described on this website. For some parts of the website that are not relevant for international visitors there is no English version.


We wish you a nice summer vacation.

Our Club is closed from July 22 until August 18.

On August 19, we are again at your service.Read more



The University Foundation regularly organizes academic activities and cultural activities for its members and other interested parties: lunch debates, evening lectures, visits to art exhibitions, music performances in Bozar, opera in La Monnaie... Most of these activities are organized in French and Dutch, sometimes, but rarely, only in French or only in Dutch. Therefore they are not explicitly mentioned on the English version of the website. The interested reader is referred to the French and the Dutch versions of the website for further information.Read more

The Ethical Forum 2024 of the University Foundation will be devoted to an exchange of views on the criteria for the appointment and the promotion of academic staff in the universities, with the title


The Ethical Forum 2024 takes place on Thursday, December 5, 2024 from 2 to 6 pm, at the University Foundation.
For more information the reader is referred to the EF website.

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On April 24, 2024 at 6 p.m. the University Foundation, in collaboration with the Royal Military Academy and the Egmont Institute, is organizing a debate (Dutch and Fraench) on the challenges for geostrategy and for world order in the international election year 2024. The debate will be introduced by Lt-Col Tom Simoens , RMA, Col (GS) Peter Philipsen, RMA, and Ambassador Ghislain D’hoop, FPS Foreign Affairs, with Prof. Dr Alexander Mattelaer, Egmont Institute, as moderator

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The next activity of Re-Bel is devoted to the important question "Belgium, a failed state? Unsustainable public debt". It will be held on Monday 11 March 2024 from 5 to 6.30 pm, concurrently at the University Foundation (11 rue d'Egmontstraat, 1000 Brussels) and online. The introductory panel consists of Thomas DERMINE, State Secretary Relance, PS, and Koen GEENS, ex-Finance Minister, CD&V. They will be challenged by Magali VERDONCK, ULB, and Damien PIRON, ULiège. The conversation will be moderated, as usual, by Béatrice DELVAUX (Le Soir) and Karel VERHOEVEN (De Standaard).

More information on the Re-Bel website.Read more

The jury of the Fernand Collin Prize 2023 has decided Prize to award the Prize to dr. Sarah LAMBRECHT. This is the first Collin Prize for English language research works. The Prize is awarded for the doctoral thesis "Convention through States’ Eyes. Embedding of the European Convention on Human Rights in States Parties", which the laureate realized at the University of Antwerp with Prof. ¨Patricia Popelier as promotor. The award ceremony took place at the University Foundation on January 18, 2024. Read more

In 2022 the University Foundation started a series of panel debates in its new “Speakers' Corner” series, which gives the floor to British speakers and speakers from the EU on UK-EU affairs. In cooperation with TEPSA, the Egmont Institute and the EU-UK Forum, the recent debate was on Wednesday December 13 at 6 pm (followed by a reception) The topic: INSIDE OUT: HOW “GLOBAL” IS THE UK’S FOREIGN AND DEFENSE POLICY AND HOW “GEO-POLITICAL” IS THE EU’S? is discussed by Lord  Ricketts, Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst en Baron Frans van Daele, and the discussion was moderated by Professor Dr Alexander Mattelaer.

The debate was followed by a reception.

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The War Heritage Institute and Belspo are organising a conference titled "FAKE, False and Real in Museums, Culture and Society". This activity is supported by the University Foundation.

This congress wants to show and document through lectures, cases and in extenso guided visits the scope of FAKES in heritage and society, from examples in the fields of cultural, historical and artistic heritage conserved in museums and cultural institutions and will treat topics of expertise as Archaeology, Conservation, Archives, Ethnography, Anthropology, History, Paintings and Visual Arts, Palaeontology, Military, Textile and Costume, Fashion, Design, Media & Journalism, Climate Change Research/Data, Scientific Imagery, Heritage Criminology and Law.

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The latest Ethical Forum of the University Foundation was devoted to an exchange of views on the possibilities and the threats of AI and in particular ChatGPT for university education and research, with the title

ChatGPT and Co in higher education: to be cheered or feared ? 

The Ethical Forum 2023 took place on Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 2 to 6 pm, at the University Foundation.
For more information the reader is referred to the EF 2023 website.Read more



Two books which received subsidy for publication from ten the University Foundarion, have received an award.

The book « À la recherche de l’écologie temporelle. Vivre des temps libérés dans les collectifs néo-paysans autogérés : une analyse anthropologique » (author Madeleine Sallustio) was awarded the First Prize as "livre d'écologie politique". For more information on the award click here. For more information on the book, click here

The book "Le jardin anglais. Evolution du goût et passion botanique" (author Nathalie de Harlez) received the Prize Pierre-Joseph Redouté / Histoire 2023,  a Prize awarded every year to the best book on gardens. For more information on the award click here. For more information on the book, click here.

The University Foundation is proud to have contributed to these awards. Read more