Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange.
The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Corneille Heymans, August Kekulé, Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,...
You'll also find many prominent persons among our alumni such as Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC).
Today, Ghent University is one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees.
Our 11 faculties are composed of 117 faculty departments. These departements offer more than 230 high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.
Following the spirit of Leo Baekeland, polymer science is still one of the major research directions at Ghent University.