University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and becomes an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education (…)”.
This is the beginning of the University of Luxembourg’s vision statement - and it is at the same time part of Luxembourg’s vision as a country investing in knowledge, research and innovation.
Today, after over ten years of intense developments, the University has:
An internationally relevant research University
-With students originating from 115 countries, academic staff from 20 countries as well as 78 partner universities around the globe, “internationality” is probably one of the qualifiers which characterises them best. In fact, they need internationalism, especially to organise the mobility of their students, as all of their bachelor students study at least one semester abroad. Furthermore, the University has several cross-border bi- or tri-national bachelor and master degrees and a part of its PhD candidates work towards a joint or double PhD degree.
-The three languages they use, several master programmes in reference to Europe, the background of their personnel and the country, as well as adjunct staff coming from many European institutions, make them more European than most other universities.
-In 2015, the University of Luxembourg raised 42 million euros of external research funds derived from funds of the European Union, the National Research Fund, endowed chairs and other partners. In the same year, their researchers have published a total of 1,096 scientific works. With 613 PhD candidates, doctoral research contributes strongly to their research output as well.
-Interdisciplinarity is gradually becoming a dominant feature of their research activity: two interdisciplinary centres (SnT and LCSB), a FNR PEARL grant combining chairs in Sociology and Economy, the chair funded by satellite operator SES in Space law as well as cross-disciplinary teaching modules for their students are telling examples thereof.
A University well connected to the business and to the society of Luxembourg, contributing to the country’s future
-Partnership with the business world has played a major role in their development. They now have six chairs, five of which were funded by companies and one by the city of Esch-sur-Alzette. Several banks (Deutsche Bank, Banque et Caisse d’Épargne de l’État) as well as several companies (Arcelor-Mittal, IEE, HiTec, P&T Luxembourg, SES, Eurobeton, Delphi…) finance research. The Chamber of Commerce co-finances the Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Many of their master students and PhD candidates undertake their thesis in close collaboration with an industrial or business partner, and are often co-financed by the company. they have 860 adjunct staff involved in teaching, with many coming from the business world.
-Society is another of their references. Examples are a Jean Monnet Chair in Contemporary European History and a UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, a large number of conferences, lectures, and debates open to the general public and a summer university for secondary school pupils. They carry out contract work for different ministries and several research projects are supported by a variety of organisations.
Over the course of the next decade, the University of Luxembourg aims to create a new model of a European research university for the 21st century with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character.
The University will sharpen its profile with a focus on the generation and transmission of knowledge at the forefront of the unknown. It aspires to be recognized worldwide for its innovative power and academic successes in selected areas and its contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Luxembourg.
Going forward, the University will be shaped by three strategic pillars: the commitment to digitalisation; its strength as the most international university in Europe and its sustainable integration into Luxembourg. Together, these pillars form the distinctive framework by which the University will uniquely project itself on the national, European and international stages.
Driven by the pioneering spirit of all its members, and well connected to a wide network of national and international partners, the University seeks to develop a strong community, based on a shared sense of purpose and belonging for its students and staff.
The University of Luxembourg’s mission as a young research university is to achieve the highest standards of international excellence in research and teaching, while also fully meeting its distinctive responsibilities as the country’s sole public institution of higher education.
Like other Universities, it is committed to inviolable foundational principles of human dignity, liberty, equality and rigorously protects academic freedom. The University of Luxembourg endorses a climate of free and open discussion and encourages critical thinking and defends the autonomy of both students and researchers as necessary foundations of an innovative and knowledge-based society and economy. It provides a unique forum for the development of the cultural, political and social dialogues that are the lifeblood of a mature democracy.
-The University of Luxembourg supports both fundamental and applied research as central to its mission. The production of knowledge, which will always remain the prime mission of a university, implies creativity enhancing conditions allowing a focus on the essentials, as it needs the freedom to experiment and to devise innovative, special and disruptive solutions. Beyond disciplinary approaches, interdisciplinarity is a cornerstone of the institution’s research profile. As a young university, the University is particularly well placed to foster innovative new areas of research, breaking conventional disciplinary boundaries.
-The University of Luxembourg attracts excellent students and staff who take advantage of its location in the heart of Europe, its first-class infrastructure, its proximity to economic and political decision-makers and to the European institutions. It provides the services and structures that assure quality teaching and research, offers individual tutoring and enables international academic mobility. The University students and staff have the opportunity to develop the skills, judgement and independence necessary to be engaged citizens and to assume active leadership roles in societal and economic life.
-As an important actor in Luxembourg’s societal and economic life the University promotes an academic and scientific culture that serves and strengthens the country and its position in Europe and beyond. The University develops activities in fields that contribute to priority areas of national social and economic development, for the benefit of the competitiveness of Luxembourg.
Embedded in a culturally diverse environment, the University of Luxembourg is a unique laboratory of intercultural collaboration and institution building. It is a European hub for research and teaching and well integrated in a framework of international partnerships. Its multilingualism is an important characteristic of the University, enriching both teaching and research through the unique plurality of perspectives that it embeds in the culture of the institution.See more