KU Leuven (which stands for Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is an autonomous university in Belgium. It was founded in 1425, and originated and grew in the Catholic tradition. From its Christian perspective on the human being and the world, the university endeavours to be a place of open discussion of social, philosophical and ethical issues and a critical centre of thought in and for the Catholic community.
As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven emphasises its international orientation, the intensity and interdisciplinarity of its research, the quality of its education and the importance it attributes to serving society in diverse domains. It puts its knowledge at the service of people and society, with special attention to the most vulnerable.