Milestones at a glance

In less than fifty years, Hasselt University went through an impressive transformation. Take a look at some of our most important milestones.

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1969

On October 18, 1969, more than 11,000 people – from the world of politics, business and civil society – took to the streets of Hasselt to demand the establishment of a university in the Region.

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1973

Two years after its foundation by law, the ‘Limburg Universitair Centrum’ (LUC) commences its very first academic year. There are six (undergraduate) programmes: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Dentistry and Medicine.

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1991

The University establishes its brand-new Faculty of Applied Economics, the successor of the EHL Business School and predecessor of the current Faculty of Business Economics.

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2001

UHasselt and Maastricht University establish the transnational University Limburg (tUL).

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2003

LUC/UHasselt and university colleges PHL and XIOS (presently: Hogeschool PXL) form the Limburg Association of Higher Education, or AUHL. The Association eyes the further development of higher education and scientific research in the Region.

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2005

LUC changes its name into Hasselt University (UHasselt).

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2008

Start of the new Law programme, a close collaboration between UHasselt, Maastricht University and KU Leuven.

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2012

UHasselt inaugurates a second campus, at the heart of the City of Hasselt, encompassing the Law Faculty, the Administration’s Building and the Old Prison (home to UHasselt’s Law students). It is also the place where prospective students enrol.

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2013

Four programmes are added to the University’s curriculum: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation Sciences. The number of Faculties increases from three to five (Engineering Technology and Architecture & Arts being the  latest additions).

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2014

The School of Transportation Sciences and the UHasselt School for Expert Education are created.

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2015

The Faculty of Business Economics adds one new programme to its curriculum: Commercial Sciences.

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2016

UHasselt inaugurates its Field Research Centre and Ecotron Hasselt University, a unique infrastructure for climate change and biodiversity research. It is located in the Hoge Kempen National Park.

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2017

Establishment of the School of Educational Studies (SES), offering Master programmes for prospective teachers in Economics, Health Sciences, Design, and Sciences & Technology.

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2018

UHasselt founds its seventh Faculty: Rehabilitation Sciences.

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2021

UHasselt opens its Science Tower, with state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching and research in the fields of Physics and Chemistry. 2021 is also the year where the University sets up its School for Social Sciences.