The University was founded in 1817 by William I of the Netherlands, then King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and by his Minister of Education, Anton Reinhard Falck. The foundation of the university was the result of a long intellectual tradition which dates back to the origins of the Bishopric of Liege. Beginning in the eleventh century, the influence of the prince-bishops of Liege attracted students and prominent scientists and philosophers, such as Petrarch, to study in its libraries. The reputation of its medieval schools gave the city the reputation as a new Athens.
A 17 March 1808 decree by Napoleon I concerning the organization of an imperial university indicated Liege as the site of a new academy to be composed of a Faculty of Arts and a Faculty of Science—the first university charter for Liege. Ultimately, Liege owes its university to William I of the Netherlands, who remembered the citys prestigious legacy of teaching and culture when he decided to establish a new university on Walloon soil.
Nearly 200 years later, settled to some extent in the Sart-Tilman district of Liege, the University of Liege depends on the French community of Belgium. The University is located at the edge of the River Meuse, in the center of the Island, the Latin Quarter of Liege. By 2009, the Agronomical University College of Gembloux is part of ULg. It has adopted a new name for academics as well as research, namely Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.
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