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What are the values that Leiden University cherishes? What does the University stand for and what does it consider important?

Bastion of Freedom

Leiden University's motto is Praesidium Libertatis: Bastion of Freedom. The University has always stood for freedom of spirit, thought and speech as well as freedom in research and teaching. Our aim is to create an environment in which academics and students have the opportunity to excel. We welcome everyone who would like to study or work here and achieve their full potential. The University has a strong sense of societal responsibility, both to society today and to future generations. This means providing excellent research and teaching that make the world a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just place – at local, regional and global level.

The University has set out its vision, mission and core values. It also has an eye to the future and has detailed its ambitions in the Institutional Plan 2015-2020. Read more about the University’s strategy here.

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