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The University and Luxembourg

Multilingual, international, strongly focused on excellence in relevant research

"The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and becomes an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education (…)”.

This is the beginning of the University of Luxembourg’s vision statement - and at the same time part of Luxembourg’s strategy as a country investing in knowledge, research and innovation.

 

The motor of the national system of innovation

Twelve years after its foundation, the University of Luxembourg is an internationally relevant European research university. Its particular dynamism comes from its highly motivated academics and their pioneering spirit.

The University brings together fundamental research and possible applications. This supports both economic and social innovation in Luxembourg, where the conditions are just right for creating the way to a knowledge-based society: a highly qualified workforce; access to capital; and access to a network of public and private research institutions. These interactions contribute to a permanent transfer of knowledge to the economy and society of the Grand-Duchy.

The University of Luxembourg is the motor of the national system of knowledge and innovation: it gathers 6,172 students, a total of 1,602 staff including 241 academics coming from all over the globe. Seventy-eight partner universities worldwide also help to make internationality the qualifier which characterises the University best:

  • all bachelor students study at least one semester abroad;
  • cross-border, bi- or tri-national bachelor and master degrees are part of the offer;
  • a huge number of PhD candidates work towards a joint or double PhD degree.

The three languages spoken, the background of personnel and country make the University highly European.

 

Interdisciplinarity and private sector partnerships

 

 

In 2015, the University of Luxembourg raised about 42 million euros of external research funds derived from funds of the European Union, the Luxembourg National Research Fund, endowed chairs and other partners. In the same year, researchers published a total of 566 peer reviewed scientific works.

A dominant feature of the research activity is definitely interdisciplinarity: two research centers (SnT and LCSB), four grants by the National Research Fund of a total of 19 million euros, combining among others chairs in Sociology and Economy, a chair funded by satellite operator SES in Space law as well as cross-disciplinary teaching modules are telling examples thereof.

Partnership with the business world has played a key role the University’s development:

  • The University currently has six endowed chairs.
  • Banks (Deutsche Bank, UBS, Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’État) as well as companies (Arcelor-Mittal, IEE, HiTec, P&T, SES, Delphi…) finance research at the University of Luxembourg.
  • Many master students and PhD candidates undertake their thesis in close collaboration with an industrial or business partner, and are often co-financed by the company.
  • More than 860 adjunct staff are involved in teaching. Many of them are coming from the business world.

 

Society as a reference, ongoing dialogue as a value

Society is another of the University’s references. Examples are two Jean Monnet Chairs in Contemporary European History and a UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, a large number of conferences, lectures and debates open to the public, as well as a summer university for secondary school pupils.

We carry out contract work for different ministries and several research projects are supported by a variety of organisations.

The ongoing move of most University departments to the new Belval Campus in Esch-sur-Alzette will further promote dialogue between the disciplines as well as cooperation with other research institutes.