KU Leuven & IMEC Dual Doctor's Degree

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum VZW (IMEC) was founded in 1984. IMEC is an international research & development and innovation hub, active in the fields of nanoelectronics and digital technologies. IMEC’s research into advanced logic scaling is performed in cooperation with key partners in its core programs including GlobalFoundries, Intel, Micron, SK Hynix, Samsung, TSMC, Huawei, Qualcomm, and Sony.

The IMEC headquarters are located in Leuven (Belgium). It has numerous facilities dedicated to research and development around the world, including in the Netherlands, Taiwan, China, and India. IMEC also has offices in the United States and Japan. As a host research institute for Ph.D. research, IMEC has also signed dual degree Ph.D. agreements with Flemish and international universities, such as KU Leuven, UGent, and VUBrussel.

In the dual doctoral degree program, students will spend a minimum of two years of research at NTU and a minimum of three years of research at KU Leuven / IMEC. Upon fulfilling the graduation requirements of KU Leuven, IMEC and NTU, students will receive a Ph.D. degree from both NTU and KU Leuven. Through this program, students benefit from academic, language, and cultural exchanges as well as from receiving a highly competitive local and international degree.

  1. Currently enrolled NTU Ph.D. students
  2. A minimum of two years of research at NTU and a minimum of three years of research at KU Leuven / IMEC
  3. IMEC Ph.D. Admission Requirement

Please complete the online application at the IMEC website:

There are two application windows:
From 15 March until 15 April
From 18 October until 15 December

At the same time, an individual annex shall be signed via the respective department office.


Students are required to register as Ph.D. students both at NTU and KU Leuven.

NTU: Students are required to pay full tuition and miscellaneous fees of NTU during their stay at KU Leuven.

KU Leuven: approximately 450€, to be paid for the first registration and the registration at the time of the defense


Mr. Jeffrey Huang/(02) 3366 2007 ext. 228/jeffreyhuang@ntu.edu.tw

Last update : 2022 / 07 / 20