"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 it is at the same time part of Luxembourg’s vision as a country investing in knowledge, research and innovation.
The University today is:
An internationally relevant research University
- With students originating from 100 countries, staff from 50 countries as well as 60 partner universities around the globe, “internationality” is probably one of the qualifiers which characterises us best. In fact, we need internationalism, especially to organise the mobility of our students, as all of our Bachelor students study at least one semester abroad. Furthermore, the University has several cross-border bi- or tri-national Bachelor and Master degrees and a part of her PhD candidates work towards a joint or double PhD degree.
- The three languages we use, several Master programmes in reference to Europe, the background of our personnel and the country, as well as adjunct staff coming from many European institutions, make us more European than most other universities.
- In 2012, the University of Luxembourg raised about 27 million euros of external research funds derived from funds of the European Union, the National Research Fund, endowed chairs and other partners. In the same year, our researchers have published a total of 1,161 scientific works. With over 450 PhD doctoral candidates, doctoral research contributes strongly to our research output as well.
- Interdisciplinarity is gradually becoming a dominant feature of our research activity: two interdisciplinary centres (SnT and LCSB), a FNR PEARL grant combining chairs in Sociology and Economy, the chair funded by satellite operator SES in Space law as well as cross-disciplinary teaching modules for our students are telling examples thereof.
A University well connected to the business and to the society of Luxembourg, contributing to the country’s future
- Partnership with the business world has played a major role in our development. We now have seven chairs, five of which were funded by companies, one by the City of Luxembourg and one by the city of Esch-sur-Alzette. Several banks (Deutsche Bank, UBS, Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat) as well as several companies (Arcelor-Mittal, IEE, HiTec, P&T Luxembourg, SES, Eurobeton, Delphi…) finance research. The Chamber of Commerce co-finances the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Many of our 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. We have more than 600 adjunct staff involved in teaching, with many coming from the business world.
- Society is another of our references. Examples are a Jean Monnet Chair in Contemporary European History and a UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, a large number of conferences, lectures, and debates open to the general public, a children’s university and 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.