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In the region

Regional partnerships


Leiden University works together with six municipalities, umbrella organisations of business associations and teaching and research establishments on the Economic Agenda for the Leiden region. Stichting Economie071 was set up to implement the agenda, and eight concrete projects will run until mid-2016. These aim at improving the investment climate in the region and thus creating new jobs.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus alliance

Leiden University, Delft University of  Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborate in numerous areas of research, teaching and valorisation. Their work contributes to resolving the academic, societal and economic challenges of the present day.

The three universities have established eight Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centres, in which researchers from different disciplines collaborate on solving problems in contemporary society. These problems represent issues that are reflected in current social agendas, both internationally and locally, and have thus become the driving force for cooperation. The three collaborating universities are therefore an attractive cooperation partner for external parties.

We also offer our students a broad array of programmes: from joint programmes to LDE minors and LDE MOOCs that bring together different disciplines and societal issues. We also strive to give our students access to the range of programmes at all three universities. The first step has already been taken: students have access to the full range of broad minors offered at the partner universities.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus partnership

Medical Delta

Medical Delta is the Delft-Leiden-Rotterdam consortium for innovation in health and medical technology. Not only are the universities and their Medical Centres in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam partners in this consortium, the partnership also includes Science Parks, business incubators, businesses and local and regional government. Medical Delta is recognised by the EU as a Knowledge Region and belongs to the prestigious European HealthTIES consortium.

Medical Delta

Leiden University Medical Centre

Leiden University, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and TNO are involved in the Centre for Medical Systems Biology, along with VU University Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and their Medical Centers. Formal collaboration in the field of tissue remodelling (including stem-cell research), ICZ (information and communication technology in health care) and Public Health was instigated in 2003.

The LUMC formed an alliance with the Bronovo Hospital in Rotterdam in 2006. The alliance was the result of years of collaboration between the two hospitals. The economy of scale achieved through this alliance makes better patient care possible, optimises teaching capacity and quality and increases the research possibilities.

The LUMC has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with TNO Prevention and Health for many years. Their collaboration has been formalised in Child Health, the growth of blood vessels (angiogenesis), genetic technology and research into cardiovascular disease.

The LUMC also intensifies it's cooperation with Haaglanden Medisch Centrum (HMC).

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