The University of Antwerp is a young, dynamic and forward- thinking university. It integrates the assets of its historic roots with its ambition to contribute positively to society.
The University of Antwerp develops, provides access to and disseminates scientific knowledge through research, teaching and service to society. It carries out these tasks in a spirit of academic freedom and responsibility.
The University of Antwerp espouses active pluralism. In that spirit, it stimulates critical research and teaching, reflection and debate on scientific, social, philosophical and ethical questions.
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Belgium is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU’s headquarters as well as those of several other major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres, and it has a population of about 11million people.
Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community (which constitutes about 59% of the population), and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population (which comprises 41% of all Belgians). Belgium’s two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. Belgium’s linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in its political history and complex system of government.
Antwerp is a city in Belgium which is the capital of Antwerp province. With a population of 510,610, it is the most populous city in Flanders. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people.
Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the Dutch Revolt. Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries, both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the Dutch Revolt.
According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the port of Antwerp was the seventeenth largest (by tonnage) port in the world in 2005 and second only to Rotterdam in Europe. Importantly it handles high volumes of economically attractive general and project cargo. Antwerp’s docklands, with five oil refineries, are home to a massive concentration of petrochemical industries, second only to the petrochemical cluster in Houston, Texas. Antwerp’s other great mainstay is the diamond trade that takes place largely within the diamond district. The city has four diamond bourses.
As University of Antwerp takes care of their students, student life includes cultural and sport activities, events, student counseling, student associations, catering etc.
Finding a place to live is easy. The university itself offers ‘kots’ (i.e. individual rooms with shared facilities), and you can also find kots, studio flats or apartments on the private market, either through individual landlords or agencies.
Places of interest are the Grote Markt, with the renaissance city hall and stair shaped guild houses, the central station, the Plantin- Moretus museum, the MAS museum, the zoo and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.