University of Leuven or KU Leuven is a full university carrying out research and teaching in practically all the scientific disciplines. Consisting of 14 faculties and several dozen research centres, it is the largest university in Belgium, one of the oldest universities in Europe, and a founding member of LERU (League of European Research Universities) and the Coimbra group. KU Leuven offers high-quality education. Study programmes are research-based and organised within an innovative interdisciplinary framework. The programmes are flexible and use state-of-the-art ICT tools. The ECTS quality label guarantees that all credits obtained are transparent and fully transferable.
As one of the universities involved with the Erasmus programme from its very start, KU Leuven has always had an international outlook. It offers 47 Master's degree programmes, 31 Advanced Master's degree programmes and 2 Bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English; 1 Master's degree programme taught in French, and 1 Advanced Master's degree programme taught in Spanish, and attracts over 6,000 (or more than 15%) of its students from abroad. It is involved in 11 Erasmus Mundus Action 1 programmes (of which it coordinates 3) and is or has been involved in 18 Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programmes (of which it coordinates 1).
The KU Leuven Faculty of Arts teaches more than 4,300 students, of whom nearly 600 international students. Its programmes include 10 Bachelor’s degree programmes ranging from Archaeology to Musicology, and including History, Linguistics and Literature; 22 Master’s degree programmes; 4 Advanced Master’s degree programmes; 15 PhD programmes; and 1 study abroad programme on European culture and society for North American and East Asian students. On average, more than 150 of its students study abroad each year. The Faculty of Arts International Mobility and Cooperation Office, together with the University’s European Projects Office, will provide administrative and financial support for the project at Leuven.
The main KU Leuven participant in this project, the ILT or Leuven Language Institute (formerly known as the Institute for Modern Languages) is an inter-faculty institute providing language services to Higher Education students, adults and companies. ILT has participated in a number of research projects on virtual education, e-learning, web-based language learning and lifelong learning. It teaches c.10,000 students on an annual basis (including all the students of the Faculty of Business and Economics and of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and all the undergraduate students in Law), 2,000 of those studying Dutch as a Foreign Language.
KUL will be the WP2 leader; it will be involved in all the project's work packages, as follows:
- WP1 - General project management
- WP2 – Review of target groups' needs (LEADER)
- WP3 - Planning of the intercultural paths
- WP4 – Implementation of the intercultural paths (LEADER)
- WP5 - Preparation of the overall material for the web platform
- WP6 - General project quality assurance
- WP7 - Dissemination strategies
- WP8 - Actions aimed at project exploitation
- Lut Baten
- Roger Janssens
- Jan Van Maele
- Basil Vassilicos
- Maryam Asoodar (September 2013 - July 2014)
- Veerle Hompes (from September 2014)