The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, abbreviated KU Leuven, is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium, founded in 1834 in Mechelen as the Catholic University of Belgium and moved its seat to the town of Leuven in 1835 where it changed its name to Catholic University of Leuven.

It conducts teaching, research, and services in the natural sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, and social sciences.

KU Leuven consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world by five major ranking tables. As of 2019, it ranks 48th globally according to "Times Higher Education".

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