The University of Namur
At the Heart of Europe
The University campus is situated in the centre of the city of Namur, the capital of Wallonia (the French speaking region in Belgium), which is close to other major centres like Brussels. Students have direct access to the railway station, housing, shops, cinemas, theatres, sports facilities …
The UNamur campus has a lot to offer : a sports hall, a radio station , a choir , community housing for students sharing the same cultural or social project (« kots à projets »)… Various activities are organised on the campus such as sports competitions, tournamentsand challenges, introduction to music or plastic arts, language courses, theatre shows or concerts. Life is lived to the full in Namur
Studies and Success
With 40 different programmes at the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels, the UNamur welcomes over 4,900 students in six Faculties: Arts, Law, Economics, Social Sciences and Business Administration, Computer Science, Medicine and Sciences. Its reputation is based on the quality of its education, the availability of its professors and sufficient resources to ensure maximum chances of success for each student: introduction to study techniques, preparation courses, small group work, course materials available on-line, personalized assessments…
The UNamur has redesigned its study programmes in line with the European harmonization of Higher Education (“Bologna Process”). The UNamur has widened the choice of its studies to reconcile both specificity and openness to social and human issues. Quality of study in Namur is a first class advantage for those who wish to discover a university on a human scale at the crossroads of Europe, as part of a study exchange programme or to prepare to enter professional life.
Research: Reconciling Ethics and Excellence
Research in Namur aims at balancing ethics and excellence. It is developed in 105 research units, active in arts, law, social and exact sciences, medicine and computer science. The UNamur excels in sectors such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, physics and chemistry of surfaces, engineering of information systems and data bases, legal questions raised by information and communication technologies, regional economics, economics of development and social representation of disabilities …
The results of research within the UNamur have led to the deposit of numerous patents, technology transfers to industry and the creation of spin-off companies: EAT in 1999, Nanocyl in 2002, BioXpr and ReveR in 2003, StratiCell in 2005 …
A University Open to the World
Fully integrated in the city and region, the UNamur participates actively in their social and economic development. It promotes partnerships with the local economic partners, develops evening and weekend education programmes and life-long learning … It offers consultancy services and expertise to the public and private sectors. These activities extend well beyond the region or national borders through the ongoing collaboration with international bodies.
The UNamur aims to promote justice and grants special concern to those who are socially or economically fragile. To mention but a few research projects: the DFLS (Basic Rights and Social Cohesion Research Centre), and the CRED (Centre for Research in the Economics of Development), or studies on the issue of disabilities conducted by the Department of Psychology. The University also promotes education for development through its NGO, the FUCID (University Foundation for International Development Cooperation).
The UNamur has found many ways to enlarge its network of contacts and to ensure international recognition: high quality teaching and research, coherent policies facilitating the exchange of students, researchers and professors as well as the hosting of international students, membership in numerous international associations, participation in development projects …: