Brussels City Campus
Any university that seeks to play a role in society, whether today or in the future, must venture beyond its walls if it is to create meaningful and lasting relationships. The word ‘university’ stems from the Latin universitas meaning ‘the whole, total, the world,’ and so it follows that the VUB, ULB and EhB, being located in a truly global city, should make a priority of engaging with what the city has to offer.
Every year, students take part in more than 700 off-campus teaching projects. This is about more than simply having a presence at different locations. The challenge for the teacher, together with our partners and students, is to find and deepen links between content learning and urban realities. Students discover Brussels, bringing together theory and practice in fascinating ways, and these experiences often lead to a falling in love with the city, with all its challenges and imperfections.
The multitude of different partners, organisations and institutions in Brussels have a lot to offer each other. The city is an ideal learning environment – for students and staff alike – and a uniquely interesting development hub for business. Through working at different sites across Brussels, weKONEKT serves as an extension to the campuses, and a space in which Brussels becomes both a classroom and a workplace.
Since early 2022, weKONEKT.brussels has made the Brussels City Campus at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) its permanent base. As a national scientific library, the KBR provides the public with access to information and research, and offers a broad cultural experience, making it an ideal home for weKONEKT. Being in residence here also enables us to develop our own partnership with the library. weKONEKT.brussels was previously based at BOZAR.
Our Brussels City Campus is constantly evolving. We strive to sustainably expand our list of partners, always hoping to grow and maintain lasting relationships. At present, the institutions and organisations that form part of the Brussels City Campus include BOZAR, KBR, Ancienne Belgique, the Flemish Parliament, CIVA, Muntpunt, Beursschouwburg, HuisvandeMens, Belfius, BELvue, Cinematek, Belgian National Orchestra, the Senate, the STIB, VBO, Syntra, Kaaitheater, KVS, Flagey, Solvay, P&V Insurance, VOKA and Actiris/Beroepenpunt, Brussels Parliament and DeMensNu.