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A solid foundation in research and teaching

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Published on Monday, 24 July 2017

In 2016, the University of Luxembourg was able to prove its quality as a research university to a greater extent than ever before.

The University’s first external research evaluation dominated 2016. For both academics and the management team this meant many months of hard work – which paid off in the end: nine of the 13 research units and centres were rated as being international leaders.

Furthermore, the University of Luxembourg increased third-party funding raised for its research projects from approximately 41 million euros in the previous year to 43 million euros. Last year two of the University’s researchers – the physicist Dr. Massimiliano Esposito and the ICT specialist Prof. Lionel Briand – each received multi-million research grants (ERC grants) from the European Research Council.

The University has also climbed further up the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and now ranks 178 out of the close to 800 universities.

University of Luxembourg 2016 Annual Report

“Thanks to the evaluation carried out by 45 external assessors in the second half of 2016, we have been able to substantiate what our excellent position in rankings already showed: the University of Luxembourg has a solid foundation“, said Prof. Ludwig Neyses, acting President and Vice-president for research. The University’s recently published 2016 Annual Report (PDF) looks at how the University will use this foundation to serve Luxembourg, its society and economy and to work as a driving force to boost innovation in the region.

The year 2016 was also shaped by many new projects and initiatives at the University. For example, the University incorporated the former “Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur L’Europe” (CVCE) along with three other independent institutes, and additionally inaugurated the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs. The establishment of a third interdisciplinary research centre, the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, was a further milestone. Acting on the initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education, the University set the seal on further close collaboration for doctoral supervision with the country’s public research centres. Mid-way through 2016, Yves Elsen, CEO of HITEC S.A., left his post as Chair of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) to replace Marc Jaeger as Chairman of the University’s Board of Governors. Marc Jaeger, who is also President of the General Court of the European Union, had decided to step down for personal reasons.

Adequate student accommodation

Student numbers remain stable at almost 6,200 – with approximately 52 per cent of students coming from abroad. The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance remains the largest faculty with around 2,500 students.

With regards to teaching, the University:

Last autumn the Uni-Val II student residence opened in Belval, meaning that the University now has over one thousand accommodation units and can offer students adequate housing.

At the end of 2016, the University employed close to 1,700 people. After approval of the 2017 draft budget, the University’s management and administration teams have been working intensively to prepare the winter semester and further develop administrative processes. The recruitment of a new President is also underway and a decision is expected in autumn.