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The University has become an integral part of the country

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Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Only 15 years ago, Luxembourg established a public university. Today, one cannot imagine the Grand Duchy without the University of Luxembourg. This was confirmed by a representative survey of the TNS-Ilres institute conducted for the University on the occasion of the institution's 15th anniversary.

In the survey, a thousand citizens were questioned. Almost all respondents (98%) answered that they believe that the University of Luxembourg is a good thing. 88 percent of respondents think it's a very good or excellent thing.
A large majority (91%) supports the view that the University contributes positively to the image and reputation of Luxembourg. 70 percent believe that the University helps Luxembourg to attract new businesses, that researchers bring added value to the country's major societal debates and that, thanks to the creation of the University, there are more young people who pursue university studies. As many respondents would recommend to their children to enrol. Regarding the profile of the University, most respondents stressed the international character of the institution (88%).

The University celebrated its birthday yesterday with an academic and musical session at Campus Belval in the presence of 500 guests and employees. "The University is now one of the central institutions of Luxembourg," said Rector Stéphane Pallage recalling what has been accomplished in 15 years: "Three faculties, three interdisciplinary research centres, 15,000 graduates, and many prestigious scientific distinctions: A big ‘thank you’ to the people who made this success possible: my colleagues, the government, the visionary ministers and our presidents, but also all of our staff, our students, our friends and partners who have always believed in us."

 

 

Regarding the major challenges of the University, the Rector and the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Yves Elsen, named the advancement of the administration, the establishment of medical education and the "Space Master", the development a continuous training offer, the restructuring of the domain financial science and the digital strategy for the University. "The University has to be prepared to play its role as an engine for research in Luxembourg," said Yves Elsen in his speech. "It has to be open to any form of cooperation that could help to strengthen the links between public research institutions and private partners as well as to improve the international visibility of the Luxembourg research community."

© Michel Brumat / Université du Luxembourg