Our new Campus
This is THE major project of the last few years: the creation of a brand new campus spread over 1.6 hectares, in the heart of Liege, at the intersection of rue Saint-Gilles and rue Louvrex. A necessary project for one of the most dynamic business schools in Europe!
HEC Liège - Management School of the University of Liège - is completing the construction of a new building that will serve to train young people, develop knowledge through research, and serve the community around us.
Since 2005, when HEC Liège became one of the 11 faculties of the University of Liège, the School has continued to grow: more students, international accreditations, partnerships with companies, ambitious and quality research projects.
This abundance of activities has led to the creation of the VentureLab, an incubator for student entrepreneurs, the Smart City Institute, the HEC Digital Lab, the S'LAB. Other centers of expertise have expanded rapidly, such as LENTIC, the Social Economy Center, QuantOM, etc.
HEC Liège Executive Education has also expanded its activities in the field of lifelong learning for regional, national and international companies.
For many years, HEC Liège has occupied different buildings in the Sart Tilman or in the city. This scattered situation is complicated to manage.
It is therefore natural that the project to regroup the School in a central location, the Beauregard site, was born.
The University and the School's partners (companies and authorities) have supported this construction project from the outset.
Initially, it was a question of constructing a new, forward-looking building. The project quickly gained momentum with the opportunity to reunite the historic Beauregard site.
Indeed, in the early 90s, part of the site was acquired by HEC Liège to erect the current building on rue Louvrex; the well-known maternity hospital in Liège was replaced by the School of Management. The other part was occupied by the Sainte-Julienne school and the sisters of Sainte-Croix with a rest home.
In the very near future, the whole site will be part of the Campus of the School of Management of the University of Liege. We thank the sisters of the community of the Daughters of the Cross and especially Sister Fulvie, thanks to whom we can create this Campus.
The building we are constructing is fully in line with the School's strategy and will allow for new and agile teaching activities: small rooms connected for face-to-face and distance collaboration, rooms adapted and equipped for interactive distance teaching, laboratories for the use of new technologies... For researchers, it will allow for a collaborative and transversal approach through open and flexible spaces. Finally, this building is intended to be open to the community, accessible to our partners to create a positive emulation between professors, students and the organizations that surround us.
We wanted a building that fits harmoniously into the neighborhood and responds to the evolution of society. Bicycle parking, locker rooms, lockers to encourage soft mobility and respect for the architecture of the neighborhood are some examples. It is a sustainable building with advantageous energy performances.
The architects, staff, and representatives from the University's Real Estate Administration worked together to create a project that was much more than just a new building.
We developed the project by integrating the New Ways of Learning and the New Ways of Working. This resonates with the lessons we are learning today from the health crisis we just experienced.
We have reduced the amount of square footage per person, even faculty offices are shared and flexible offices... a revolution! We did not build new parking lots, we chose to develop the site in the city center near public transportation.
In terms of financing, public funding, through the University, represents the most important part. However, to equip the building with the latest technologies, this funding is not sufficient. HEC Liège has therefore launched a fundraising campaign: "Level Up! A new campus for a bigger impact". We are creating partnerships with companies, collecting donations from alumni and various donors. This is a true public-private partnership in favor of university teaching and research.
Finally, the impact of our development will undoubtedly be positive for the Saint-Gilles district, its inhabitants and its businesses.
Today, HEC Liège is probably the most international place in Liège, with 72 different nationalities coming together every day.