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University of Antwerp
Universiteit Antwerpen
Established1852; 169 years ago (1852)
AffiliationAurora, Utrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVA0, YUFE
RectorHerman Van Goethem
Academic staff
Increase 6205
StudentsIncrease 21 133
Location, ,
CampusCity Campus
Campus Mutsaard
Campus Paardenmarkt
Campus Drie Eiken
Campus Middelheim
Campus Groenenborger
ColoursRed and blue    

The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is a major Belgian university located in the city of Antwerp. The official abbreviation is UA,[1] but UAntwerpen is more recently used. The University of Antwerp has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Flanders. The University of Antwerp is characterised by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities.

As of 2019, the University of Antwerp ranks as 198th globally according to Times Higher Education,[2] 223rd according to QS World University Rankings[3] and between the 201 and 300th place according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[4] The university ranked 22nd in the Times Higher Education Ranking for Young Universities (2019)[5] and 18th in the QS University Ranking Top 50 Under 50 (2020).[6] In ten domains the university's research is among the best in the world: Drug Discovery and Development; Ecology and Sustainable Development; Port, Transport and Logistics; Imaging; Infectious Diseases; Materials Characterisation; Neurosciences; Socio-economic Policy and Organisation; Public Policy and Political Science; Urban History and Contemporary Urban Policy.[7]

In September 2020, the University of Antwerp chose to start the new academic year with stricter coronavirus measures than those recommended by the government.[8]



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.[9]


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 Catholic influence that the Jesuits had at UFSIA continues through the Saint Ignatius University Centre (UCSIA), Antwerp, founded in 2003.


The University of Antwerp has 30 academic bachelor programmes, 69 master programmes, 20 master-after-master programmes and 22 postgraduates. In addition, there are 26 programmes completely taught in English (1 bachelor, 16 master, 6 master-after-master and 3 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.


Campus Middelheim building A
Campus Middelheim building A
The large quad of the Stadscampus
The large quad of the Stadscampus

The six 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

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[10]301-400 (2021)
CWUR World[11]295 (2020-21)
CWTS World[12]307 (2020)
QS World[13]238 (2021)
QS Under 50[14]20 (2021)
THE World[15]170 (2021)
THE Young Universities[15]13 (2021)
USNWR Global[16]=212 (2021)

In the 2010 QS World University Rankings[17] 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.[18] An overview of the THE-QS World University Rankings up to 2011:

Year Rank (Change)
2005 235
2006 252 (Decrease17)
2007 187 (Increase65)
2008 195 (Decrease8)
2009 177 (Increase18)
2010 179 (Decrease2)
2011 197 (Decrease18)

Times Higher Education World University Ranking:

Year Rank (Change)
2012-2013 192
2013-2014 164 (Increase28)
2014-2015 170 (Decrease6)
2015-2016 190 (Decrease20)
2016-2017 201-250 (Decrease)
2017-2018 201-250
2018-2019 201-250
2019-2020 198 (Increase)
2020-2021 170 (Increase28)

Notable alumni

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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, regional clubs and political clubs.[20] Faculty bound clubs are governed by VUAS which consists of Unifac and ASK-Stuwer. Political and philosophical clubs are governed by PFK-Antwerpen. The student newspaper is called "Dwars".

See also


  1. ^ "Universiteit Antwerpen in Crossroad Bank for Enterprises". Federal Public Service Economy, S.M.E.s, Self-employed and Energy. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education. 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2020". Top Universities. 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Shanghai Ranking. 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  5. ^ "University of Antwerp". Times Higher Education (THE). 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  6. ^ "QS Top 50 Under 50 2020". Top Universities. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  7. ^ "University of Antwerp". Top Universities. July 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "Code orange: three Flemish universities tighten measures for new academic year". The Brussels Times. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  9. ^ "universitair centrum sint ignatius antwerpen - UCSIA - History". Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  10. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". ShanghaiRanking. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  11. ^ "World University Rankings 2020-2021". Center for World University Rankingsg. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  12. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 - P(top 10%)". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  13. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". Top Universities. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  14. ^ "QS Top 50 Under 50 2021". Top Universities. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  15. ^ a b "THE World University Rankings 2021: University of Antwerp". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  16. ^ "USNWR 2021 Best Global Universities Rankings: University of Antwerp". Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".
  18. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Top Universities. 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Clara Cleymans binnenkort als Nina in 'Thuis'" (in Dutch). TVvisie. March 9, 2010.
  20. ^ "Student associations - University of Antwerp".

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