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Internationals in Leuven - Jane Judge

Together with our partner organizations, Leuven MindGate is committed to spreading the word about the fantastic opportunities our region has to offer. We’re here to tell you - and to show you - all the reasons you should consider becoming a Leuvenaar. And who better to tell you all the reasons than international Leuvenaars themselves?

You can't be more passionate about Leuven than Jane

Jane developed a love for Belgium and Europe at a young age, having been born here to American parents. While she was still young, the family moved “home” to the United States, but Jane never quite lost interest in her place of birth.

In 2016, she achieved her dream and returned to Leuven with a postdoctoral grant. In 2018, she heard about Leuven MindGate and its work promoting Leuven on the international stage. Love at first sight! Jane became one of their events coordinators, a position she filled until communications and marketing beckoned.

Since September 2019, she has worked at DSP Valley doing their communications and events, promoting the Leuven region as rival to Silicon Valley when it comes to digital technologies.

Jane at a glance

  • Length of time in the Leuven Region: 8 years
  • Reason for coming to Leuven: Postdoctoral studies
  • Favorite spot in Leuven: Ladeuzeplein and the university library
  • Favorite phrase in Dutch: Sowieso
  • Jane now works for DSP Valley as their Communication & Events Manager
  • As she wrote, Jane initially came to Belgium with funding from the BAEF and the KU Leuven and she spent some time working for the Fulbright Commission based in Brussels. All three offer academic funding for internationals (and in this case, in particular Americans) to come to Belgium
  • The yoga you saw Jane doing in the video took place in the Sluispark and was organized by Leen Tyrions Yoga (Leen also works for Leuven's Tourism Department, Visit Leuven)
  • Jane's partner works for Leuven Leisure, a great company to help you discover this lovely town as a newcomer or (re)explore a city you know very well

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.