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Teaching and research

Students are the future. Teaching on sustainability may well have an even greater impact than working on the sustainability of the University's operations. We can also take important steps forward through our research on sustainability.

Leiden University intends to be a reliable knowledge partner in the societal and political debate on sustainabililty at both national and international level. Developments and dilemmas relating to the environment and sustainability are therefore naturally part of our teaching and research, and we have taken important steps forward in this direction in recent years. By teaching students more about the subject during their study programme, Leiden University aims to provide them with the knowledge they need to address the major challenges of the coming decades.

Sustainability in teaching

There are a number of different options open to students who wish to specialise in sustainability during their academic training. As regards our programmes that focus specifically on sustainability, Leiden University has an average score in terms of the teaching programmes offered, in comparison with other universities. 

Students can make an in-depth study of sustainability thanks to the programmes offered by such institutes as the Centre for Environmental Sciences (CML). Leiden University's aim is to make it possible for more students to devote part of their programme to sustainability. We therefore intend to offer a clearer picture of the elective subjects and study options geared specifically towards sustainability. The University is also considering whether our range of programmes on this topic can be extended.

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 Other programmes

In addition, the programmes for the general public comprise lectures, MOOCs and HOVO courses focusing on sustainability. The Hortus botanicus offers workshops and courses on protecting biodiversity and also contributes to the Museum Jeugd University.

Sustainability in research

The research carried out by Leiden scientists contributes to a more sustinable society, although this research may not always be visible to others.Workshops on sustainability are one means of highlighting Leiden research in this field. These could be sessions to work out how our research on the environment and sustainability can be developed further. Another option is to arrange a series of lectures on sustainability for the general public. Lecturers and researchers are welcome to submit ideas. 

Current status

The University is building a network of researchers and lecturers who are involved with sustainability. A survey will be carried out among staffshortly to to take stock of which subjects, courses, minors and master’s already incorporate the theme of sustainability.  The University will put this topic on agenda for communication and invites staff to put forward new ideas.  

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