KU Leuven has a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The university’s basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure and is a charter member of LERU. The university conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 13th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university.