Today Ghent University attracts over 46,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 6% (40% of PhD students). In 2019, the university invested over 275 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners, and employed around 8200 research staff (including doctoral researchers). Ghent University is ranked 66th in the Shanghai and 123rd in the Times ranking. The University has participated in 263 research projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which it coordinated 35 collaborative projects. Up till now, Ghent University is under Horizon 2020 involved in around 300 projects, and coordinates 26 of the collaborative projects. As such, Ghent University is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects.