The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) is an European partner institution of the Bakeng se Afrika consortium. Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international Master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. KU Leuven has Erasmus contracts with over 400 European universities and international contracts all over the world: the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, France, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Morocco, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia. KU Leuven also holds over 50 international projects in development cooperation and educational interuniversity cooperation.
Processing Speech and Images (PSI) Centre
The PSI Centre is a division of the department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) and is located in the Arenberg Campus of KUL and in the University Hospital Gasthuisberg. PSI performs research in the field of image and audio processing, belonging to the domains of computational science and machine learning. During the previous decades computers became more powerful and the amount of sensorial data increased. Modeling and exploiting this large amount of data (data science) is one of the current challenges and opportunities.
KUL and PSI are actively involved in the project implementation by hosting postgraduate students and staff members from South Africa and sending students/staff from KUL to other participating South African universities for digital data generation, data collection, training, teaching and other activities. KUL takes part in formalising research projects, writing protocols and SOP's, developing good practices in data science and assisting in 3D imaging methodology.