Established in Leuven, Belgium, in 1984, our mission is to maximise the promotion, exposure and opportunities for the island of Ireland through the management of the historic Irish College Leuven as an international residential centre for education, training and research in European and international affairs.
This is achieved through the provision of high quality education and training programmes for all higher education institutions, business organisations, public sector bodies, and voluntary and community associations; through the hosting of lectures, colloquia, courses, seminars, conferences and workshops; and through the facilitating, in continental Europe, of all forms of cultural expression from the island of Ireland.
With a track record of thirty-five years, we have a proud history of meeting our clients’ academic, professional development and business enhancement needs. Programmes delivered at the College provide for the opportunity to investigate best practice and benchmarking; integrate education curriculums; enrich corporate training courses and explore new opportunities to access funding and develop new markets.
The campus is the ideal location for any organisation to host their programme, conference, meeting, event or reception. Here guests enjoy an authentic experience steeped in history with modern meeting facilities, catering arrangements and comfortable accommodation.
Irish College Leuven is registered in Belgium as the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe IVZW, a non-profit organisation compliant with Belgian statutory requirements.
Board members are drawn from the sectors that relate directly to the mission – business, higher education, public sector, non-governmental and culture. In addition to their personal experience and skills, the members are committed to the mission, are appreciative of the historical and strategic importance of the Irish College in Leuven and have an interest in EU and international issues. In keeping with its diversity and equality policy, the board also maintains in its membership, a geographical balance with members drawn from Belgium, Ireland and Northern Ireland (reflecting both communities).
In meeting its commitment to good governance, the board has developed a suite of policies and procedures consistent with the guidelines of the Irish Charities Regulator, the Northern Ireland Charities Commissioner, the Chartered Accountants Ireland “Concise Guide of Ethics & Governance for the Charity and Non-profit Sector” and Belgian statutory obligations in relation to not-for-profit organisations.
A standing subcommittee of the board ensures that governance issues and policies are regularly reviewed in the context of best practice.
The Irish College Leuven's dedicated programme team works with clients in the higher education sector, public authorities, businesses and business representative bodies, and community and voluntary associations to to research, design and deliver tailor-made programmes in just about any subject area.
Our conference venue team support the work of our programme team to ensure that programmes, conferences, meetings and events at the Irish College Leuven are seamless from start to finish.