A record-breaking year, with over 28,000 students enrolled
For the 2017-2018 academic year, ULB has welcomed more students than ever before across all fields of study and recorded a 21% increase in first-generation student enrolment (students who had never been enrolled in a higher education programme). On November 16, ULB had 28,316 students in total, 7% more than the previous year; nearly one in every three students at ULB is from outside Belgium.
This means ULB's student population reflects Brussels' international identity as well as the University's attractiveness. In total, over 130 countries are represented across the University's various campuses.
"We realise that students seek out information before applying to university, especially from their peers",explains Rector Yvon Englert. "The fact that students have massively chosen ULB indicates that their predecessors have offered positive feedback, which in turn means our staff is performing well. This is the result of a university-wide process whose purpose is to provide the best support possible and to help students reach success. The study we have conducted recently on the future of our graduates has demonstrated that our programmes are very sought after on the job market, which is a definite plus."
While ULB is seeing record number of students, it also intends to offer them a high level of education and support: half of all classes are given to groups of 50 students or fewer, while 75% of classes have 75 students or fewer. Library and Learning Centres (LLC) are developing very quickly, and more and more classes are offered in multiple languages.
In addition, ULB responded to the increase in enrolment numbers by taking the necessary steps to develop its student support programmes by hiring additional staff.
A new MOOC at ULB: "Innovation Strategy: Challenging the Usual Suspects"
Manuel Hensmans, professor of strategy and innovation at the Solvay Brussels School, helps students develop their knowledge of innovation and its related challenges, with a new MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) entitled "Innovation Strategy: Challenging the Usual Suspects".
In this class, students will gain insight into the challenges of open innovation, management innovation, and emerging platforms and markets, and learn how to overcome these challenges in a long-term perspective. With quizzes, the latest scientific literature, case studies from groundbreaking companies, and lively debates with renowned experts, students can develop their knowledge of innovation.
> In practice:
4 weeks, 3 hours per week, free online classes in English.
Register before January 28, 2018
More information at: www.futurelearn.com/courses/innovation-strategy