International partnerships in which Leiden University participates
League of European Research Universities
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a group of 23 prestigious European universities. The primary goal of this alliance is to convince national and European authorities of the importance of fundamental academic research and the role that research universities can play in this. In addition, LERU focuses on the exchange of expertise between its members and the stimulation of collaboration and interaction between its students and academics.
The Coimbra Group was established in 1987 and is a network of long-established European multidisciplinary universities with an international reputation. Coimbra focuses its efforts on creating academic and cultural ties between its members in order to promote internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in teaching and research and knowledge transfer to society. The Coimbra Group also aims to influence European educational policy and facilitate the mutual exchange of experience and best practices.
The Europaeum was founded at the start of the 1990s to bring young researchers and leaders together to discuss developments in Europe and to promote pan-European thinking. The Europaeum stimulates collaboration in research and teaching between leading European universities and helps academics and students organise conferences, colloquia and summer schools that enable political, cultural and business leaders to participate an interdisciplinary dialogue with the academic world.
European University Association
The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports universities in 47 countries by providing a forum for collaboration and expertise development. The EUA plays an important role in shaping future European higher education and research. Its leading role in the Bologna process and policy debate in Europe and its ties with European and international organisations give the EUA the ideal opportunity to take up those matters that are crucial to European universities with the key European stakeholders.
Erasmus Mundus is a European collaboration and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of higher education in Europe and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through collaboration with non-European countries. The programme support higher education institutions that wish to implement joint master’s or PhD programmes or initiate collaboration between European and non-European countries. Leiden participates in two Erasmus Mundus consortia: ALGANT and MIND, which offer three joint programmes.
Leiden encourages its students to spend a period of study abroad in order to expose themselves to other cultures and ideas. To facilitate this the University has developed a close network of partner universities in Europe and beyond. More than 600 exchange agreements are in place with universities worldwide.