K.U.Leuven is a Flemish University of Catholic signature with an international orientation. It has the legal statute of private institution. Situated at the heart of Western Europe, K.U.Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, K.U.Leuven bears the double honour of being the oldest extant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries.
K.U.Leuven carries out fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines. In the past few years, the quality and quantity of K.U.Leuven's research efforts and output have increased considerably, thus positioning Leuven at the forefront of European universities.