University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp (Dutch: Universiteit Antwerpen) is one of the major Belgian universities 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.

University of Antwerp
Universiteit Antwerpen
Established1852 (1852)
AffiliationAurora, Utrecht Network, AACSB, EFDM, NVA0, YUFE
RectorHerman Van Goethem
Academic staff
± 5000
Students ± 20 000
CampusCity Campus
Campus Middelheim
Campus Groenenborger
Campus Drie Eiken
ColoursRed and blue          

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; Harbour, 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]



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.[8]


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 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.

  • Business and Economics
  • Applied Engineering Sciences
  • Arts
  • Design Sciences (including architecture and conservation)
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Science

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.

  • Stadscampus: Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
  • Campus Middelheim: Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerp
  • Campus Groenenborger: Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp
  • Campus Drie Eiken: Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerp
  • Campus Hoboken: Salesianenlaan 90, 2660 Hoboken
  • Campus Merksem: Jaak De Boeckstraat 10, 2170 Merksem
  • Campus Mutsaard: Mutsaardstraat 31, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Zuid: Schildersstraat 41, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Paardenmarkt: Paardenmarkt 92, 2000 Antwerpen
  • Campus Brantijser: Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13, 2000 Antwerpen

Academic ranking

University rankings
ARWU World[9] 201-300 (2019)
THE World[10] 198 (2020)
USNWR World[11] 214 (2020)
QS World[12] 223 (2020)

In the 2010 QS World University Rankings[13] 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.[14] An overview of the THE-QS World University Rankings up to 2009:

YearRank (Change)
2006252 ( 17)
2007187 ( 65)
2008195 ( 8)
2009177 ( 18)
2010179 ( 2)
2011197= ( 18)

Times Higher Education World University Ranking:

YearRank (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, regional clubs and political clubs.[15] 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


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  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.
  8. "universitair centrum sint ignatius antwerpen - UCSIA - History". Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  9. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019". ShanghaiRanking. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  10. "World University Rankings 2020 - University of Antwerp". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  11. "Best Global Universities 2020". U.S. News Education (USNWR). ). Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  12. "QS World University Rankings 2020". Top Universities. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  13. "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".
  14. "QS World University Rankings". Top Universities. 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

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