Leuven Fact Card
Located 25 kilometres east of Brussels, capital of the Kingdom of Belgium
Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant
Just over 100,000 inhabitants, making it the 8th largest city of Belgium
Born in Leuven: Mark Eyskens, former prime minister and Dries Mertens, footballer of SSC Napoli
The city of Leuven has already quite a few centuries under its belt. Founded at the beginning of the Middle Ages, the history of Leuven is intrinsically linked with its university, the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), which was founded in 1425 and currently is the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries. The KU Leuven has over 55,000 students enrolled at its faculties of which more than 40,000 are located in Leuven itself. All active KULMUN members by the way are attached to the KU Leuven.
The impact of the university and its students on the evolution of Leuven cannot be overestimated. It has led to an unique city centre in which century-old buildings meet youthful enthusiasm on a daily (and nightly) basis.
If you wish to get more information on Leuven & its touristic highlights, we heartily recommend you to visit the following website: http://www.visitleuven.be/en
It is the task of the KULMUN association to assist its foreign participants in helping them discover this bustling university city. Therefore we are actively trying to host as many events as possible in locations which represent the defining aspects of Leuven, be it historical or more recent ones. More information concerning those will be revealed at a later time.