The Department of Movement and Sports Sciences of Ghent University is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and has about 100 employees. The department is known for its dynamic character and has an excellent reputation in the field of education and research. For several years in a row, the department has been ranked in the top 10 of the Shanghai worldwide ranking of Sport Science schools and departments.
Since its foundation in 1908, the Institute for Physical Education at UGent has traditionally focused on training physical education teachers. Due to the spirit of the founding period, the training was biomedically oriented. The biomedical basis has remained, but has gradually been complemented by a not inconsiderable contribution from other fields of science. In 2015, the Sport Science Laboratory Jacque Rogge was opened.