KU Leuven is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven. It conducts teaching to 58,642 students, research, and services in the sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, and social sciences. KU Leuven consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. In 1972, the KU Leuven set up a separate entity Leuven Research & Development (LRD – https://lrd.kuleuven.be) to support industrial and commercial applications of university research. It has led to numerous spin-offs, such as the biotechnology companies Cartagena and ReMynd, and manages tens of millions of euros in investments and venture capital. KU Leuven ranks consistently first in Thomson Reuters’ list of Europe’s most innovative universities.