Juan Luis Vivès
The name of our university of applied sciences, VIVES, refers to Juan Luis Vivès (Valencia, 1492 or 1493 - Bruges, 1540). Vivès is considered to be the greatest Spanish scholar of the 16th century and, together with Erasmus, one of the most important representatives of humanism in the Low Countries. Vivès was also known as an educational expert. His ideas formed the basis of modern ideas about education, psychology and pedagogy, and he was also an advocate of a United Europe.
He lived almost his entire active life in our region. For a time he lived in Leuven, where he was active as a guest lecturer at the university. From 1523 to 1528 he lived both in Flanders and in England, and the last twelve years of his life mainly in Bruges. These were also his most productive years as an author. He was buried in the church of Saint Danube in Bruges. Near the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, you can find a statue of Vivès.