Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the
French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was
founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins,
Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university that
would be independent from the state and the church and where
academic freedom would reign.
Although some courses at the ULB's Faculty of Law were already
being taught in Dutch in 1935, it was not until 1963 that almost
all the faculties offered courses in Dutch. The Dutch-speaking
university was finally split off from its French-speaking
counterpart on 1 October 1969.
With the act of 28 May 1970, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and
the Université Libre de Bruxelles officially became two separate
legal, administrative and scientific entities.