People who can solve problems are urgently needed in an increasingly complex world. Leiden University is a breeding ground for such talented individuals. We help our students and staff develop and use their talents.
Magnet for talent
Leiden University aims to attract the best academics to our University, and to act as a magnet for talent. Conducting high-level research calls for good supervision and support for the University’s researchers. This means, for example, that we focus attention on providing a good working climate and environment, attractive employment conditions and equal opportunities for talented men and women. Besides this, we continuously strive to ensure that we have up-to-date ICT facilities and the most advanced equipment for research. We have set up the Leiden Teachers’ Academy as a vehicle to guide and stimulate our lecturers. We also focus special attention on our young academics, our PhD candidates and postdocs. We have a dedicated series of training courses specially developed for them and career development programmes aimed at their needs. The University regularly offers staff new development tracks.
Enabling talent to flourish
For talent to develop students must be able to study effectively and feel challenged, with the help of their lecturers, to get the most out of themselves. Our Leiden Study System and Binding Study Advice in the first year of their study encourage them to take their studies seriously right from the outset. They have ample opportunity to assemble a challenging programme of study from the University’s attractive range of minors and electives. We also encourage students to study abroad and to participate in research projects.
For the ambition and motivated
Ambitious and motivated school pupils and students (VWO, BA and MA) can deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills at the Honours Academy. Pupils in pre-university education can get to know academia in the Pre-University College, curious and ambitious bachelor’s students can participate in the Honours College, study at the Leiden University College, or follow an Honours Class. Master’s students can develop their leadership skills in the Leiden Leadership Programme or the International Leiden Leadership Programme.
21st century skills
Good preparation for the job market is important for young academics. We therefore work together with the Student Careers Service to ensure that our programmes focus on exploring the job market and developing skills and competences that students will need later. We make use of our network of alumni and employers here. The University also trains students in the special skills known as 21st Century Skills: the ability to work in a team, international and intercultural competences, entrepreneurship, leadership and digital skills.
Regardless of whether graduates find work in Leiden, The Hague, Brussels, New York or Jakarta, in their professional and personal life they will all come into contact with foreign colleagues, international institutions and other cultures. In order to ensure Leiden students become real global citizens, we stimulate international knowledge, global awareness and intercultural skills. We therefore consider it extremely important to have a diverse student population on our campuses and to promote the international classroom.