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Background

Irish College Leuven was established in 1984, on the former campus of the historic Franciscan Irish College, in the Belgian city of Leuven. The college operates as an international residential centre for education, training and research in European and international affairs, in fulfilment of its mission to maximise promotion, positive exposure and opportunities for the island of Ireland.

Irish College Leuven devises, manages and hosts high quality education and training programmes on behalf of a wide variety of organisations, including: higher education institutions, professional bodies, public sector bodies, voluntary and community associations. Fixed and customised programmes comprise lectures, colloquia, courses, seminars, conferences and workshops. In addition, the college organises and hosts cultural and artistic events from, and related to, the island of Ireland.

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Since 1984 we have successfully delivered on this promise, meeting and exceeding the expectations of clients – academic, professional and commercial – by integrating educational curricula, enriching corporate training courses, exploring opportunities and developing relationships.

Irish College Leuven provides a unique setting in a historic town. Our heritage campus, parts of which date back to the 17th century, offers a very special atmosphere in which to gather, share and learn.  State-of-the-art presentation facilities, coupled with luxurious hospitality and accommodation, make this the ideal place for your conference, meeting, reception, educational programme, presentation or event.

Governance

Irish College Leuven is registered in Belgium as the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe IVZW (Company number BE0425.478.919) , a non-profit organisation compliant with Belgian statutory requirements.

Members of the board have been selected for both their expertise and experience in sectors relating to the college’s day-to-day business, and for their commitment to its mission, culture, history and strategic importance. There are directors representing business, higher education, the public sector, NGOs and cultural life, drawn from Belgium, The Republic of Ireland and both communities within Northern Ireland.

The board has developed a suite of policies and procedures consistent with its Belgian statutory obligations, and governance issues are regularly monitored by a standing sub-committee.

Board Members

Mary Lou Winchborne
Mary Lou Winchborne
Director and Chairperson
Dónall Curtin
Dónall Curtin
Director
Robert Devriese
Robert Devriese
Director
Sir Gerard Loughran
Sir Gerard Loughran
Director
Samuel Ross Reed
Samuel Ross Reed
Director
Louis Roppe
Louis Roppe
Director and Company Secretary
Professor Hedwig Schwall
Professor Hedwig Schwall
Director
Malachy Vallely
Malachy Vallely
Director

Staff

Whatever the nature of your event – large, small, residential, or just for a day – the dedicated team at Irish College Leuven are there to ensure the best experience for everyone involved. We have hosted a wide range of successful programmes, conferences, meetings and events, so you can depend on us to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Staff Members

David Grant
David Grant
Chief Executive
Jeffrey Cox
Jeffrey Cox
Programme Executive
Stephen Mullan
Stephen Mullan
Programme Executive
Wim Truyers
Wim Truyers
Conferences and Events Manager
Susan Hill
Susan Hill
Front of House & Reception Supervisor
Antonio Arruda
Antonio Arruda
Food & Beverage Supervisor
Keith Irwin
Keith Irwin
Property & Technical Supervisor