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In the Spotlight: KU Leuven
A stone’s throw from Brussels, London and Paris is KU Leuven, a university nearly six centuries old with a heart for the past, a mind for the present and a soul for the future. KU Leuven is Belgium's largest and highest-ranked university and one of the oldest universities in Europe. It offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, top-level research facilities and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading European research university, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of academic programs, supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research both at the university and at its internationally acclaimed hospitals. More than 6,000 researchers from over 120 countries participate in curiosity-driven and strategic frontier research, as well as targeted and demand-driven research. The Leuven 'doctoral schools' organisze the international PhD programs of over 4,000 students.
The university also cooperates intensely with a broad array of external partners. To strengthen international collaboration, KU Leuven has its own international research fellowship program and supports international scholars in international funding applications.
KU Leuven, co-founder of the League of European Research Universities, has been very successful in securing funds from and participating in the highly competitive European Framework Programme for research and technological development. KU Leuven positions itself in the top bracket of the European lists in terms of obtaining prestigious European Research Grants (ERC), and in terms of publication output. It finds itself consistently among the best scoring European universities in all major global university rankings and hence has its mind clearly set on a quality driven, internationally relevant future. Research expenditure exceeded EUR 364 million in 2011.
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From our Alumni
Catherine Lenis, Clark University, University of Geneva
Last spring, I attended the University of Geneva in Switzerland. One of the reasons I chose the University was because they offered the research that complemented my double major in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Clark University. When I applied to the University of Geneva, I was excited to conduct the research related to my interests and majors, but knew little about Geneva itself. Over the course of four months, I would not only get to do the research I had dreamed of doing, but explore and eventually call Geneva, home.
The research I conducted aimed at exploring the relationship between family leave policies and prejudices and stereotypes against women, as well as female empowerment. While previous research has examined how generous leave policies are not necessarily the most beneficial in assisting women in advancing their careers, there has yet to be an exploration on how these policies interact with the views held by the people who do and do not take them. The research I did in Geneva aimed at filling in this gap and understanding the correlation between a state's family leave policies and the citizens' of that state's value of women.
While working in an office setting was beneficial and necessary for the type of research I did, in the future, I hope to try more fieldwork research. At the end of my semester, I wrote a research paper on my findings. The final paper was a gratifying sum to the semester-long work I had done. The research project is not yet complete and my professor and I intend to be in communication in the future to continue working on it. I am excited to see how this will work out and what direction our research will be heading!
My experiences in Geneva were invaluable. I gained independence, motivation, and self-assurance. In my research, I was trusted and given the freedom to test my ideas and explore my interests. Merely living in another country proved to be a learning experience in and of itself. My French improved immensely, as did my cooking. I lived in an apartment with three roommates from Europe and northern Africa. This cross-cultural living experience was one of many great opportunities provided by EuroScholars. The memories and friendships I made while studying in Geneva will last a lifetime.