Oude Houtlei 56, 9000 Ghent– Belgium
CITY OF GHENT
Ghent, once a city larger than London or Paris and now the second largest city in Flanders (Belgium), breathes history but is also brimming with culture and modern city life. It is the city where Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor was born in 1500, and it is the home of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, the world’s most coveted masterpiece by the Van Eyck Brothers (1432). Ghent is also the place where the Treaty of Ghent was signed in 1814, ending the war between Great-Britain and the USA. The city is also famous for the Ghent Festivities, the largest open-air cultural celebration in Europe, and is a culinary hotspot and the veggie capital of Europe. National Geographic Traveler Magazine places Ghent third in its global ranking of authentic destinations and Lonely Planet has called it “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination.
Ghent University, founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange, is one of the top 100 universities worldwide (71th in the Shangai ranking of 2015). It is a major university in Belgium, with 11 faculties, 117 faculty departments, over 230 high-quality courses, 41,000 students and 9,000 employees. The past past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Corneille Heymans, Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,… and some prominent alumni are Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC)