Hasselt University (UHasselt www.uhasselt.be) was officially established in 1971 as ‘Limburgs Universitair Centrum’ (LUC), but it was not until 1973 that the university – literally – opened its doors and welcomed its first students. Over the past 40 years, Hasselt University has grown into an innovative and dynamic university with 2 campuses (Diepenbeek and Hasselt) and 7 research institutes. The largest research institute of the university is the Institute for Materials Research (IMO www.uhasselt.be/imo). Within this institute, fundamental and applied research is carried out on advanced materials, mostly in the realm of energy harvesting and storage and materials for healthcare applications.
IMO has an integrated and intensive collaboration with IMOMEC (Institute for Materials Research in MicroElectronics), the department of IMEC (Interuniversity Micro Electronics Centre, Leuven) at the university campus in Diepenbeek.
Hasselt University and IMO-IMOMEC contribute significantly to the regional science and technology development, working closely with other knowledge centres and industry. UHasselt is well imbedded within the interregional university environment and collaborates with numerous international partner institutions.