K.U. Leuven was put in place in 1425 and is one of Belgium’s largest universities. As a leading European research university, it offers high quality education and a wide variety of academic programmes in Dutch and English, supported by high-quality interdisciplinary research, both in the university and in its internationally recognized university hospitals. As a comprehensive university, K.U. Leuven offers 3-year bachelor and 1- & 2- years academic master’s programmes in almost all disciplines. The Leuven Doctoral Schools of Science, Engineering and technology, the Biomedical Sciences and the Humanities and Social Sciences organize the international PhD tracks. European surveys place K.U. Leuven among the top European universities. Leuven participates in 267 highly competitive European research projects (FP6, 03-06), which places it fourth in Europe; in FP7 (07-13), it participates in over 160 project contracts so far. K.U. Leuven carries out fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation.
The main mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources.
The department aims at providing attractive academic training at an international level in the fields of Bio-engineering, Geology, Geography and Tourism. The department aims at making an important contribution to the scientific understanding of societal issues such as environmental pollution, food production, climate change, nature and landscape management, soil and water management, exploitation of underground resources, rural and urban development, international development collaboration and tourism.