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Cooperation and networks

Leiden University is actively engaged in exchanges, partnerships, collaborations, knowledge sharing and developing new programmes and methods, both nationally and internationally.


Leiden University has signed a number of charters, including the Talent to the Top Charter, the Diversity Charter and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. The university is also a member of diverse platforms and networks.

National collaboration

Leiden is the originator and founder of the National Council of Diversity Officers at Dutch Universities. This body is a serious discussion partner for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science with regard to diversity policies at Dutch universities and also for other national knowledge institutions, such as VSNU, LNVH  and the Platform for Diversity in Science.

In addition, Leiden Universit, Erasmus University Rotterdam and  De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are members of the The Future is Diversity task force that focuses on the intake and study success of bicultural students in higher education. Their joint policy aims at promoting an inclusive learning and working environment, and improving the training and support for these students in their transition to the employment market. 

International partnerships

Leiden University is a member of the LERU Gender Working Group where expertise on diversity and inclusiveness is shared with other European universities, including Oxford, UCL, Lund and Zurich. There are also many contacts with international diversity experts and other European universities, including Harvard University and King’s College.

Contact with networks

The Diversity Office interacts closely with diverse networks and groups that play an important role in or make an important contribution to diversity and inclusiveness policy at our university. The Diversity Office also supports international and intercultural student organisations in Leiden. These organisations are meeting places for students who have come to the Netherlands from countries throughout the world.

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