A committed and enterprising university
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Throughout its history, ULB has remained true to its original ideals and the principle it adopted in the 19th century, Free Examination that means the rejection of dogmatism and authoritarian argument.
For example, the University closed its doors in 1941 in order not to have to collaborate with the Nazi occupiers.
ULB is an institution free of all outside authority and committed to the defence of democratic and humanistic values, including in its manner of governance. .
This philosophical approach has been supported since 1970 by a reform of the Articles of Association that set up an especially democratic manner of governance, based upon participation of all parts of the university to its Board of Governors: students, lecturers, professors and staff. This body, made up of representatives of both the university community and civil society, constitutes the organisational power of the institution that sets its policies. Aware of the present day economic challenges and anxious to play an active role in developing the society of tomorrow, ULB is a major player in economic and social development, through various activities of research, technology transfer and enhancement, which over recent years have been growing. .
ULB has a vast hospital network including the Erasmus Teaching Hospital, the Jules Brodet Cancer Institute and hospitals located in Brussels and throughout Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium.