The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven was founded in 1425. Inspired by the European Christian tradition, KU Leuven embraces the values of independent inquiry and pursues a policy of non-discrimination. KU Leuven conducts research in all academic disciplines. The technology transfer office, KU Leuven Research & Development, supports researchers in their interaction with industry. Doing a PhD at KU Leuven entails research in an internationally competitive environment.