University of Liège
| University of Liège |
|Headquarters||Liège, Wallonia, Belgium|
|Type||Public university of the French Community of Belgium|
|French-speaking university in Belgium|
The University was founded in 1817 by William I of the Netherlands, then King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and by his Minister of Education, Anton Reinhard Falck. The foundation of the university was the result of a long intellectual tradition which dates back to the origins of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. Beginning in the eleventh century, the influence of the principality attracted students and prominent scientists and philosophers, such as Petrarch, to study in its libraries. The reputation of its medieval schools gave the city the reputation as "a new Athens.
A 17 March 1808 decree by Napoleon I concerning the organization of an imperial university indicated Liège as the site of a new academy to be composed of a Faculty of Arts and a Faculty of Science—the first university charter for Liège. Ultimately, Liège owes its university to William I of the Netherlands, who remembered the city's prestigious legacy of teaching and culture when he decided to establish a new university on Walloon soil.
Nearly 200 years later, settled to some extent in the Sart-Tilman district of Liège, the University of Liège belongs to the French community of Belgium. The University is located at the edge of the River Meuse, in the center of the Island, the Latin Quarter of Liège. In 2009, the Agronomical University of Gembloux (FUSAGx), based in Gembloux, in the Province of Namur, integrated ULiège. It has adopted a new name for academics as well as research, namely Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Fernand Dehousse||3 July 1906||10 August 1976||Belgium||Politician||Belgian politician active in the construction of what later would become the European Union. Attended 2 Bilderbergs in the 1950s|
|Jean-Pierre Hansen||25 April 1948||Luxembourg||Businessperson||Went far to become Vice President of French multinational corporation Suez.|
|George de Mohrenschildt||17 April 1911||29 March 1977||US||Spook|
Deep state functionary
|Lee Harvey Oswald's handler, found dead after attempting to share some of what he knew with the media.|
|Guy Quaden||5 August 1945||Belgium||Economist|
|Belgian central banker sitting on many boards|
|Jean Rey||15 July 1902||19 May 1983||Politician||Belgian politician and Freemason, and President of the European Commission from 1967 to 1970|
|Didier Reynders||6 August 1958||Belgium||Politician||Belgian FM/European Commissioner for Justice accused of corruption|
|Melchior Wathelet||6 March 1949||Belgium||Politician|