The Honours Academy facilitates Leiden University’s extracurricular Honours education. The Academy is a collaboration of the University’s seven faculties and hence one of its interfaculty education institutes.
The Honours Academy was launched on 1 September 2012 and formalised in the Joint Regulations on the Honours Academy (see Policy) in October 2013. Since then, the Honours Academy has been the interfaculty knowledge exchange platform – and also the ambassador – for extracurricular Honours education.
As the advocate and organiser of Leiden University’s extracurricular Honours education, the Honours Academy identifies three core tasks: (1) (further) development of challenging and innovative Honours education that meets the needs of Honours students, (2) facilitating knowledge exchange among faculties and among teaching staff and (3) promoting the development of an Honours community.
Each year, the programmes coordinated by the Honours Academy itself serve a total of around 1145 high school students, bachelor’s students and master’s students. In addition, working in conjunction with the faculties, it supports around 1300 students in the faculty Honours programmes.
The Honours Academy organises the education in five Honours programmes for high school students (VWO) and bachelor’s and master’s students. The fact that these programmes are coordinated by a single organisation makes it possible to collaborate and to work collectively on excellent, personal education. More information about our honours programmes can be found on the Education page.