Les relations internationales de l'ULB
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International Networks

ULB is part of many scientific networks, whether institutional, international, theme-based or discipline-based.

Institutional Networks

UNICA - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe

UNICA brings together 44 universities located in European capitals. It represents over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. Its mission ::

  • To promote academic excellence, integration and cooperation between its members across Europe

  • To push growth of the Bologna Process

  • To facilitate the integration of Central and Eastern European universities into the European Area for Higher Education.

To this end UNICA plays the role of intermediary between the member universities, the European institutions, and national, regional and municipal governments.










IFPU - International Forum of Public Universities

The IFPU has 22 members, bringing together public universities renowned for their research.

In general, IFPU encourages the expression of the values underlying the mission of public universities in this age of globalisation. It seeks to create new cooperative models in studies, teaching and research.

The Forum also sets up inter-institutional teaching and research activities, using professors and researchers from member institutions and their more advanced students.

International Associations



EUA - European University Association

Through its unique Forum, the European University Association (EUA) both represents and supports institutions of higher education in 46 countries, allowing them to follow the progress in the latest trends in research and higher education policies.

Members of the Association are European universities, national associations of Rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research. The Association plays an active role in the Bologna Process, contributing to the European Union’s research policy and to relations with inter-governmental organisations, European institutions and international associations.

It regularly discusses issues related to higher education, research and innovation. The EUA results from the merger of the Association of European Universities (CRE) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences.






IAU - International Association of Universities

The IAU was founded in 1950 and brings together the institutions and organisations of about 150 countries to discuss shared challenges and to work together with various international, regional and national bodies that are active in higher education.

The Association seeks to promote the principles of liberty and justice, human dignity and solidarity, through teaching, research and services, and contributes through international cooperation to increase both material and moral support to strengthen higher education in general.

AUF - Agence universitaire de la francophonie

The AUF is an association of French-speaking universities and one of the operators of “Francophonie”. A partner of institutions of higher education and research that teach in French, it offers various cooperation programmes that seek to support research and teaching in French. Each year it awards over 2,000 grants as part of its mobility programme.

The AUF brings together 759 establishments, and its mission is to contribute to building and consolidating a scientific area in French through promoting scientific cooperation, training future players in development, supporting research and excellence, and sharing skills.

Theme-based and discipline-based networks

The Université libre de Bruxelles is also a member of several theme-based and discipline-based networks such as TIME.




TIME - Top Industrial Managers for Europe

TIME esis a network for training bilingual engineers. Since 1989 it has brought together 55 Engineering Schools and universities and works at promoting and recognising university excellence in the form of double degrees that are relevant to the international work market in engineering and related fields. TIME helps in sharing information, the circulation of ideas and projects, and presents the activities of other networks, potential members and public bodies.