Leuven activities and news 

We were delighted to welcome everyone, online, last month to the first webinar of Irish College Leuven, Memorialising Émigré Dignity – The Cultural Heritage of St Anthony’s College, Leuven.  The webinar was recorded and can be watched now on our YouTube Channel.  We are planning a publication from the webinar and will have news of that soon.

Launched in October 2019, the Leuven Irish Book Club meets every month at Irish College Leuven.  The current restrictions have moved the event online, and hopefully opened it up more guests.  This month on Wednesday 18th November from 16h00 to 18h00 CET, the club will discuss Jan Carson’s Fire Starters.  Next month on the 16th December, short stories by Wendy Erskine will be explored.  To join in the current virtual events please email us here.

In this month’s newsletter, we have news of more success for the City of Leuven –  a second European award is two months.  Our new partnership with the European Central Bank was launched and details of our next webinar on Innovation can be found below.  We miss seeing everyone here in Leuven, but thanks to Trinity Business School’s blog we can be reminded of the great times at Irish College Leuven and look forward to what we have planned.

Thank you for continuing to read our newsletters at this time and we hope you and family continue to stay safe.  We look forward to seeing you back in Leuven soon.

Activities Update

Innovation Webinar  7th December 

Leuven is the European Capital of Innovation 2020. Leuven is committed to innovation in improving the quality of life for its citizens and creating ground-breaking solutions to public challenges. Innovation is at the heart of Leuven. KU Leuven, the University of Leuven, has been ranked the most innovative university in Europe for five consecutive years and the 7th most innovative university in the world in 2019. The city of Leuven has established a unique leadership that facilitates collaborations between citizens, knowledge institutions, businesses, and local organisations.

To mark this achievement Irish College Leuven will host an online webinar with presentations from some of Leuven’s leaders in innovation on Monday, 7th December at 15h00 CET (14h00 Irish time). For more information about the event and the list of speakers click the tab below. To sign up email, [email protected]

This is a free event.

European Central Bank Partnership

Irish College Leuven is pleased to announce a new partnership with the European Central Bank focusing on presentations in an online environment – the ECB virtual lectures.

The ECB, an official EU institution, is at the heart of the Eurosystem and the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Working in close cooperation with the national central banks within the Eurosystem the ECB’s objective is to maintain price stability: safeguarding the value of the euro. It is also responsible for the supervision of credit institutions located in the euro area.

Tailored lectures go into detail on specific topics and are aimed at groups wanting a greater understanding of the ECB’s role and responsibilities. These lectures are ideal for any higher education programmes in political science, business or economics.

For more information and to arrange a lecture with the ECB click on the tab below.

Leuven News

Leuven City of Sport 2021

The City of Leuven has been named a European City of Sport for 2021. The title is awarded every year by Aces Europe, the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation.

Leuven received the accolade for its number of sport facilities, its health policies and the large number of residents who partake in physical activities on a regular basis. Leuven has the most public swimming pools and sport halls per capita than any other city in Belgium and 54% of residents work out or take part in some kind of sport at least once a week.

Leuven’s sporting culture has contributed to programmes in sports management organised by Irish College Leuven. Innovation, academic research and business development in sport have made Leuven an ideal location to explore best practice in sports management.

To see why Leuven won this prestigious award click on the video below.

Trinity Alumnus Reflects on Leuven

Many thanks to Trinity Business School and their Alumnus, Mr Fergal Barry MBA, for the recent article on the School’s visit to Leuven last year. Unfortunately, the pandemic did not allow the visit to go ahead this year but we are looking forward to seeing them again in 2021.

For over 10 years, the Trinity Business School MBA is a fixed date in our calendar. With up to 100 international students we work with the School in designing a week-long programme on international business and international relations.

Our location is ideal for students to get an understanding of past and present relations among European nations and Europe and the wider world. Our panel of speakers, our visit to the European Institutions and the trip to Ieper and the battlefields of World War 1, bring home how essential it is in business to be equipped for challenges and disruption in the environment.

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