University of Antwerp

University of Antwerp
Universiteit Antwerpen

Logo of the University of Antwerp
Type Public
Established 1852 (1852)
Rector Herman Van Goethem
Students Increase ± 20 000
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Campus City Campus
Campus Middelheim
Campus Groenenborger
Campus Drie Eiken
Colours Red and blue          
Nickname UA
Affiliations Utrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVA0
Website uantwerp
UA was formed in 2003 by the merger of Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen, Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, and Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen

The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. The name is abbreviated as UAntwerp, as the abbreviation UA should no longer be used.

As of 2014, the University of Antwerp ranks as 170th globally according to Times Higher Education,[1] 205th according to QS World University Rankings[2] and between the 301 and 400th place according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[3]



The university's roots go back to Sint-Ignatius Handelshogeschool (Saint-Ignatius School for Higher Education in Commerce) founded by the Jesuit (Society of Jesus) in Antwerp in 1852. This was one of the first European business schools to offer formal university degrees. It later opened a Faculty of Literature and Philosophy (including Law) and a Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. It was renamed Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen (UFSIA) in the 1960s when the Belgian government granted it university status. In the early 1970s UFSIA joined into a confederation with "Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen" (RUCA) and "Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen" (UIA), public institutions.[4]


In 2003 UFSIA, RUCA, and UIA merged into the University of Antwerp to become the first explicitly pluralistic university in Belgium, offering philosophical, ethical, and spiritual discourse and openness towards religion and intercultural dialogue. It soon became the third largest university in Flanders with 20,000 students. In order to face the challenges posed by the internationalization of European education and research, the University is part of the Antwerp University Association (AUHA).


The University of Antwerp has 33 academic bachelor programmes, 69 master programmes, 18 master-after-master programmes and 23 postgraduates. In addition, there are 31 programmes completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master and 4 postgraduate programmes). All of these programmes are divided into 9 faculties.

The Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) has an autonomous faculty-like UAntwerp status and Antwerp Management School is an autonomous school within the University of Antwerp.


The nine campuses are located all over the city of Antwerp, from the historic city centre to the green belt to the south of the city.

Academic ranking

(2016, national)
(2016, world)
(2016/17, national)
(2016/17, world)
(2016/17, national)
(2016/17, world)

In the 2010 QS World University Rankings[11] the University of Antwerp was ranked 179th overall in the world. On the 2009 THE–QS World University Rankings list (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings), University of Antwerp was ranked on a shared 177th place.[12] An overview of the THE-QS World University Rankings up to 2009:

Year Rank (Change)
2006252 (Decrease 17)
2007187 (Increase 65)
2008195 (Decrease 8)
2009177 (Increase 18)
2010179 (Decrease 2)
2011197= (Decrease 18)

Times Higher Education World University Ranking:

Year Rank (Change)

Notable alumni





Linguistics and Literature & Philosophy

Political and Social Sciences


Notable faculty

Student life


The University of Antwerp has a long tradition in organizing international student championships. The following FISU, EUSA and IFIUS events have been organized:

Student organisations

At the University of Antwerp there are faculty clubs and regional clubs. All these clubs are governed by VUAS. The student newspaper is called "Dwars".

See also


  1. "World University Rankings 2014-2015". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. "QS World University Rankings® 2014/15". Top Universities. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  3. "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking. 2014. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. UFSIA. Accessed 31 May 2016.
  5. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 - UK". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  7. "QS World University Rankings 2016/17 - United Kingdom". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  8. "QS World University Rankings 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  9. "World University Rankings 2016-17 - United Kingdom". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  10. "World University Rankings 2016-17". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  11. "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".
  12. "QS World University Rankings". Top Universities. 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  13. "Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Dierkunde van Antwerpen vzw". KMDA. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
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