1. Belgium has some of the oldest and the most renowned Universities of Europe, in particular the Katholic University of Leuven (KUL), University of Ghent, Group T and Universitie Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) etc. A number of Indian students are registered in 18 major Belgian Universities.
2. About 400-600 Indian students are registered in KUL in each academic year, making them the second largest student community from a non-European country after China. Most of these students pursue Post Graduate course in the fields of engineering, medicine and economics. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has instituted a Chair for Indian Studies at the Katholic University of Leuven, the first occupant for which was Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2014. A new Professor is scheduled to be nominated for the Chair shortly.
3. KUL also has the India House Leuven as an India-focussed platform for stimulating civic, cultural and economic ties between India and the city of Leuven in particular and the region of Flanders in general (the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium). The India House Leuven was conceived by the city authorities of Leuven along with the University of Leuven in view of the fact that Leuven has a fairly large number of Indian students, researchers and professionals who study and work in this university. The Embassy of India in Brussels has been actively supporting the India House project that was inaugurated by former DG, ICCR in November 2012. ICCR has presented a bust of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore that would be inaugurated on the occasion of the forthcoming Birth Anniversary of Tagore on May 7, 2015.
4. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations has instituted another Chair for Hindi at the renowned University of Ghent that has a Dept of Indology and Sanskrit. The Indian professor for ICCR's Hindi Chair will be nominated shortly. About 136 Indian students are registered with the University of Ghent; most of them being engaged in engineering, bio-engineering and basic sciences. During the last visit of Rashtrapatiji to Belgium in October 2013, the University of Ghent signed three MoUs on Academic Cooperation with the Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi and the University of Hyderabad. The University of Ghent has also constituted an “India Platform” comprising of intellectuals, researchers and businessmen that work towards disseminating information relating to India to the local Belgian populace.
5. Another prominent technological institute - the Group T- based in the Belgian city of Leuven signed an MoU on Academic Cooperation with the University of Delhi during the last visit of Rashtrapatiji to Belgium in October 2013 . Group T has around 30 registered Indian students mostly for Graduate and Post Graduate studies in the field of engineering such as electro-mechanical, bio-chemical and electronics engineering. Group T has also signed agreements on academic cooperation with Andhra University and Manipal University under which students complete part of their studies in India and part in Belgium. This university also has arrangement for dual degree with Indian universities.
6. A number of Indian students are registered with the University Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels mostly in Management related studies. ULB signed an MoU on Academic Cooperation with the University of Delhi during the last visit of Rashtrapatiji to Belgium in October 2013. The University is also cooperating with the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
7. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations grants one scholarship to Belgium nationals annually for pursuing studies in India. The scholarship scheme is generally announced in December of a calendar year.