Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, sciences and social sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The University has over 5,500 staff members and 25,800 students. The motto of the University is ‘Praesidium Libertatis’ — Bastion of Freedom.
Promoting excellent research
The University wishes to create an increasingly attractive and challenging working climate for top academics and young researchers that is guided by quality and excellence. Our research will continue to meet the highest international standards of quality and academic integrity.
We intend to achieve this through:
- greater collaboration, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary
- stronger positioning and greater scope for top talent
- better supervision and more support for young researchers
We challenge our students to excel and to get the best out of themselves. For our part, we do everything in our power to provide a stimulating academic environment in which to work and learn.
We do this through:
- focusing more attention on individual responsibility
- encouraging greater student commitment and participation
- providing more opportunities for acquiring new skills
- putting greater emphasis on equal opportunities and diversity
Innovation in teaching and learning
Teaching at Leiden University has a solid academic basis. In terms of its research on didactics and new methods of teaching, the University aims to become a leading force on the national stage and to increase its visibility in the international arena.
We therefore aim to provide:
- increased support for lecturers
- room for innovation, such as online teaching
- more effective knowledge sharing and quality assurance
Increasing impact and innovation
Leiden University wants its research and teaching to have an impact on society. Many of our researchers collaborate over the longer term with other universities and partners from the public sector, business community and wider public. The University encourages openness towards parties within and outside the University and a climate of open innovation.
We intend to achieve this by:
- creating space for entrepreneurship in the widest possible sense
- collaborating with partners on the Leiden Bio Science Park
- establishing a Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- implementing new modes of teaching