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Rescooped by Patrick Consorti from Open WorldWide Innovation Network!

KU Leuven is Europe's most innovative university!!!

KU Leuven is Europe's most innovative university!!! | Open Innovation |

KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, KU Leuven bears the double honour of being the oldest extant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries. In its early days, KU Leuven university was modelled on the universities of Paris, Cologne, and Vienna. In a short time, it grew into one of the largest and most renowned universities in Europe. Its academic fame attracted numerous scholars who made valuable contributions to European culture. In the sixteenth century the humanist Desiderius Erasmus lectured here, where he founded the Collegium Trilingue in 1517 for the study of Hebrew, Latin, and Greek - the first of its kind. The tutor of the young emperor Charles V, Adriaan Cardinal Florensz of Utrecht, was a professor here before being elected in 1522 as the last non-Italian Pope before Pope John Paul II. The philologist, legal scholar, and historian Justus Lipsius taught here for many years.

The mathematician Gemma Frisius helped to lay the foundations of modern science and tutored many famous scientists, including the cartographer Gerard Mercator, whose map projection is still in use, the botanist Rembert Dodoens, and the father of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius. In a later period, the theses of the Leuven theologian Cornelius Jansenius provoked a large and heated controversy both inside and outside the Church. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, KU Leuven was an important training centre for Roman Catholic intellectuals from Protestant countries. At the end of the Age of Enlightenment, in 1783, the chemist Pieter Jan Minckelers discovered the suitability of coal gas for lighting. In the nineteenth century, at the instigation of Pope Leo XIII, KU Leuven became an important centre of Thomist philosophy.

Via Ines Jurisic
Ines Jurisic's curator insight, June 17, 2016 6:24 AM

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances »!  Kudos to the hardworking people of KU Leuven!!!  Bravo!!!

Rescooped by Patrick Consorti from Collaborative Innovation and the Sharing Economy!

Disruptive innovation and the 'shared-economy' - DAWN.COM

Disruptive innovation and the 'shared-economy' - DAWN.COM | Open Innovation |
With the proliferation of new technology shared economies have gained traction and offer people lucrative opportunities.

Via Marco Torregrossa
Marco Torregrossa's curator insight, February 18, 2014 5:49 PM

In 2013, the shared-economy was estimated to be worth approximately 26 billion dollars and is the latest example of how the Internet in particular and technology in general is providing value to consumers. This is a sign of immense potential and could very well lead to even further disruptions in the future.