KU Leuven (University of Leuven) is Belgium's largest and highest-ranked university, as well as one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university KU Leuven pursues curiosity-driven and strategic frontier research as well as targeted and demand-driven research. Excellence in education is built on and cultivated through excellence in research. KU Leuven is home to a vibrant community of international students and staff members. 17% of the university’s 56 000 students are international, representing over 150 countries.