Louvain, Catholic University of

Louvain, Catholic University of

Either of two Belgian universities established in 1970, both descended from a renowned university founded in 1425 in Louvain. The original university included on its faculty in the early 1500s Desiderius Erasmus, Justus Lipsius, and Gerardus Mercator. The modern university was reorganized into separate units following student riots and government upheavals in 1969. At the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, the language of instruction is Dutch. At the Université Catholique de Louvain, located in Louvain-la-Neuve, instruction is in French.

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