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The University of Namur or Université de Namur,[1] in Namur (Belgium), is a Jesuit, Catholic private university in the French Community of Belgium. Both teaching and research are carried out in six Faculties or university level schools in the fields of:

  • Philosophy and Lettres
  • Law
  • Economic, Social, and Management Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Medicine
University of Namur
Université de Namur
Former seal of the University of Namur
TypeCatholic, free university (state funded)
Established1831; 188 years ago (1831)
RectorNaji Habra
Students6,623 (in 2015)
Data as of 2015
Université de Namur - rue de Bruxelles - 02.jpg


Geography and locationEdit

The University of Namur is located in Namur, Belgium. The main campus is located at the heart of the city of Namur, capital of Wallonia. The main university campus includes the university building, the six main faculties and the university libraries.


Foundation 1831-1846Edit

In the spring of 1831, the Society of Jesus reopened a high school in what was earlier the Our-Lady of Peace benedictine abbey, in Namur. The school immediately developed into a college with the support of prominent Namurian families. They put some conditions in order to finance the new project, the most important is teaching other sciences such as philosophy with the liberty of education as proclaimed by the new Belgian Constitution.

First expansions (1846-1928)Edit

Many expansions took place in this period, the number of students increased gradually, new sciences and study programmes were introduced.

Sensible progress (1929-1947)Edit

A New Belgian law excluded the institution from getting financial support from the government. This pushed the ambitious university to rely on its own sources and funds. Despite this, in 1934, many projects were launched: new building specific to physical and chemical studies, the expansion of Belles-Lettres library, modernization of some laboratories, many new titles were added to the seminars library.

Resuming the expansion (1948-1970)Edit

On February 18, 1948, the institution, formerly a college, changed its status to that of a university. This new status resulted in having some (limited and irregular) financial aid from the government.

Starting in 1960, after the introduction of new national financing laws, government aid increased and became regular. Many new projects and programmes came into being, improving the university's national and European visibility.

The big expansion (1971-1991)Edit

The university launched many important projects:

  • 1971: Institute of Computer Science (now called Faculty of Computer Science): the first of its kind in Belgium and one of the leading institutions in Europe.
  • 1972: Faculty of Law.
  • 1974: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Medicine.
  • 1979: New university library Moretus Plantin (more than 800,000 title at the time).
  • 1990: Construction of Pedro Arrupe new amphitheater.
  • 2015 : New amphitheater Vauban
  • 2014-2017 : New Faculty of Sciences


Arsenal de Namur, the restaurant of the university

On June 29, 2003, the University of Namur joined with three other French-speaking Catholic universities to form the Académie Louvain. These are the University of Louvain (UCLouvain), located in Louvain-La-Neuve; Saint-Louis University, Brussels (now UCLouvain Saint-Louis - Bruxelles), located in Brussels and Ixelles; and the Facultés universitaires catholiques de Mons, (FUCaM, now UCLouvain FUCaM Mons) located in Mons and Charleroi (now UCLouvain Charleroi).

Explorations developed in 2007 for combining all four institutions into a single university, and an agreement was reached to create a new university to be called Université catholique de Louvain (Académie Louvain Project)|. Campuses might be identified as UCL/Brussels (today UCLouvain Bruxelles), UCL/Namur (today UCLouvain Namur), UCL/Louvain-la-Neuve, UCL/Mons (today UCLouvain FUCaM Mons) and UCL/Charleroi (today UCLouvain Charleroi). However, in December 2010 negotiations for a full merger were aborted by an insufficient vote by the general assembly of Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP).

The "Academie Louvain" ceased to exist in 2014 due to the entry in force of the new law organising the universities.


1. Faculty of Philosophy and LettersEdit

Bachelors degree (Three years)Edit

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Art History and Archeology
  • French and Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures

Doctoral studiesEdit

  • Philosophy
  • History, Art History and Archaeology
  • Languages and Literatures (Romance, Germanic and Greek classics)

2. Faculty of LawEdit

Bachelor degree (Three years)Edit

  • law

Doctoral studiesEdit

  • Legal Sciences

3. Faculty of MedicineEdit

Bachelor degree (Three Years)Edit

  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Pharmacy

Master degree (Two Years)Edit

  • Biomedical Sciences

Doctoral studiesEdit

4. Faculty of Economics, Social Sciences and ManagementEdit

Bachelor degree (Three years)Edit

  • Economics and Management
  • Business Engineering
  • Political Science
  • Information and Communication

Master degree (Two years)Edit

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Business Engineering
  • Business Engineering, with focus on "Information systems management"
  • Business Engineering, with focus on "Data Science"

Doctoral studiesEdit

  • Economics
  • Finance & Markets
  • Accounting and Control
  • Marketing
  • Business Law and Tax Management
  • Management (Business Administration & Entrepreneurship-Intrapreneurship / Strategic Management & Corporate Governance / Human Resource Management)
  • Management Science (Operation Research / Supply Chain Management)
  • Information Systems Management (Business IT)
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Information and Communication

5. Faculty of Computer ScienceEdit

Bachelor degree (Three years)Edit

  • Computer Science

Master degree (Two years)Edit

Master degree (One year)Edit

  • Computer Science

Specialization master degree (One year)Edit

  • Informatics and innovation (business analysis and IT governance)

Doctoral studiesEdit

  • Computer Science

6. Faculty of SciencesEdit

Bachelor degree (Three years)Edit

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Veterinary Medicine

Master degreeEdit

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, with focus on "Data Science"
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry and molecular and cell biology
  • Biology of organisms and ecology

Advanced master inEdit

  • Aquaculture (organized with the Université de Liège)
  • Transportation Management (organized mainly with the Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Doctoral studiesEdit

  • Science
  • Veterinary Sciences

Faculties and librariesEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ New name since September 2012, formerly Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP): Le - Les Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix deviennent l'Université de Namur

See alsoEdit

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