Leiden academics research the world around us and pass on their knowledge to future generations. Each with his or her individual expertise and personal fascination for a particular discipline, they are the public face of the University.
Leading academics give shape to our research and teaching. They are given the scope and resources to excel, and their high calibre is affirmed time and again, making them a role model for our students and young academics.
Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. Its motto is Praesidium Libertatis – Bastion of Freedom. It performs exceptionally well in international rankings, and its researchers have been awarded many academic grants, prizes (such as the Spinoza and Stevin Prizes) and international awards such as honorary doctorates.
The five disciplinary clusters in which Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center excel are:
- Fundamentals of Science
- Life Sciences
- Health and Wellbeing
- Law, Politics and Administration
- Languages, Cultures and Societies
In addition, artificial intelligence is an overarching research theme at Leiden University.
The University’s academic partners in the province of Zuid-Holland are Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Leiden University also works intensively with the other universities in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) as well as with universities all around the world.