The University of Luxembourg was established in 2003 and has three faculties on three sites: Limpertsberg, Kirchberg and Walferdange, with the Faculty of Sciences, Technology and Communication and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education to move to the new Esch-Belval science complex in a few years’ time. The future location of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance will be decided at a later date.
The university has over 5,000 students registered across the three faculties and over 1,000 staff. 60% are Bachelor degree students, 17% are studying for a Masters, 7% for a Doctorate and 16% for other qualifications, including MBAs. A total of 1,244 degrees, diplomas and certificates were conferred during 2010, of which 39 were doctorates, 220 were Masters degrees, 502 were Bachelor degrees and 483 "others*.
In 2010, the university received almost €15 million in research grants, including €1.7 million from EU projects, as well as €9.2 million from the Fonds National de Recherche (FNR). In 2010, 362 researchers produced 683 published works.
In May 2011, the University of Luxembourg launched a new publication, a 90-page brochure on research at the university, covering five areas: Security, reliability and trust in Information Technology; Molecular and Systems Biomedecine; International Finance; European and Business Law; Education and Multilingualism.
In summer 2011, the university announced that it is establishing a Competence Centre dedicated to laser technology in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication Campus in Kirchberg. The project will require a total investment of more than €450,000 by the end of 2014. One third will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the "Regional competitiveness and employment".
The project aims to develop knowledge from laser technology and skilled personnel for small and medium enterprises as well as international firms. Activities will focus on laser applications in electro-mobility, the manufacture of plastics and building facades. The first research project of the Centre will focus on the applicability of the laser in the assembly of plates of copper and aluminium; this new technique is particularly essential in the production of batteries for electric cars.
The project also includes other research areas based on collaborations with industry, for example the treatment of high-strength steel, the assembly of steel and glass and the production of components from liquid impervious plastics as used in cars.
The Centre of Expertise in Laser Technology should contribute to training students at both Bachelor and Master level, and it should also open up new areas of research for doctoral students and researchers.