The University College, Léonard de Vinci

The University College, Léonard de Vinci (HE Vinci) is a higher education institution recognised for the quality of its 40 profession-oriented Bachelor’s, academic-oriented (long) Master’s and Advanced Degree Programmes.

HE Vinci is a not-for-profit education provider (ASBL).

We have three campuses (two in Brussels and one in Louvain-la-Neuve), located in beautiful surroundings. We welcome more than 9000 students of many different nationalities. Our missions include teaching, research and continuing education. We also actively provide a range of services to society. Our core mission is to train tomorrow’s professionals in the state-of-the-art of their field.

Our programme-based approach and project-based teaching methods allow our students to personalise their educational pathways and undertake work experience as part of their programmes. We have also established numerous international partnerships, which benefit our students and our academic and administrative staff. We employ more than 1000 people. Since September 2019, our university college has been structured around three Sectors: Health, Human and Social Sciences, and Science and Technology.

The names of the original Institutes which founded the University College in 1996 (ENCBW, Institut Marie Haps, and Institut Paul Lambin et Parnasse-ISEI) have been retained as they represent labels of quality and are associated with the names of particular departments. They are evocative of roots and of our history.

Our Vision

Our vision is to build a community of actors for change whose expertise is recognised in industry and higher education; in which everyone’s talents are cultivated and expressed; in which students are actors in their own education.

Here at de Vinci we are charting an optimistic response to the challenges of the 21st century by equipping our community with skills that are fit for the future, to hone critical thinking skills and develop creativity ‒ all grounded in an ethical approach. We are committed to encouraging our community to be responsible citizens and contribute to a sustainable future.

#Expertise #Innovation #Interdisciplinarity #Fulfilling potential
#Agents for change #Service to society # A changing society
#Research #Conviviality #Sustainable development #Proximité #International

Our values

De Vinci’s core mission is to forge the specialists of tomorrow. Underpinning this are our core values: innovation and cultivating talent. We are also committed to a connected campus culture, conviviality, integrity and social responsibility, which support and enhance our core mission and values.

Our history


The University College Léonard de Vinci was founded in 1996 by six partners, all established as ASBL, that is, not-for-profit education and training providers:

  • The ECAM Institut Supérieur Industriel
  • The Ecole Normale Catholique du Brabant Wallon-Institut d’enseignement supérieur pédagogique (ENCBW-IESP)
  • The Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur Parnasse-Deux Alice (IESP2A)
  • The Institut Libre Marie Haps
  • The Institut Paul Lambin (IPL)
  • The Institut Supérieur d'Enseignement Infirmier (ISEI)


The Institut Parnasse-Deux Alice (IESP2A) and ISEI were closed down to establish a new not-for-profit provider, PARNASSE-ISEI.


On 1 December 2015, The University College Vinci took another step forward in its development with the merger of its 5 partner Institutes.


In 2019, ECAM was transferred to the University College ‘ICHEC-ECAM-ISFSC’.

Also in 2019, the Institutes were officially disbanded and replaced by a University College structured around three Sectors: Health, Human and Social Sciences and Science and Technology.

University governance was overhauled in order to optimise organisation and procedures.

The General Assembly and the Board of Governors

The General Assembly (GA) of the University College Léonard de Vinci is the University’s organising authority. The GA is composed of The President’s Management Team, the Management Team for Academic Affairs, the Management Teams of the three Sectors and co-opted members. It determines the University’s general policy, which is implemented by the Board of Governors.

In application of the Decree of 5 August, 1995, the Board of Governors is also the University’s Management body. It is composed of President’s Management Team, the Management Team for Academic Affairs, the Management Teams of the three Sectors, a member of the teaching staff from each Sector and an elected representative of the administrative staff, a student from each Sector, and co-opted members. Its principal functions are to manage the University and represent it vis-à-vis third parties in all judicial and extrajudicial acts.