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Open Day Success

The Open Day of Leiden University, on the 8th of this month, was a success again: 483 prospective students came to find out what Leiden has to offer. The Institute of Biology Leiden was also present.

Twice a year, Leiden University organizes an open day for prospective students. All the Bachelor’s degree programmes at our university participate in this returning one-day event. The popular information market takes place in the Pieterskerk and at different other locations in the city centre of Leiden. Staff and students give presentations about their study-programme and are available afterwards for personal feedback and answering questions of scholars and their parents.

Dr. Maurijn van der Zee and IBL-student ambassador Rien Strootman, gave a presentation in the Stadsgehoorzaal about our academic programme, admissions, as well as about living and studying in Leiden. Maurijn told the audience that biology in Leiden is a broad study ranging from molecules and genes via cells and organisms to ecosystems. Using the ebola virus and outbreak in western Africa as a dramatically current example, he illustrated how biologists are involved with fundamental and applied science when they study immunology, ecology and evolution.

Based on the feedback from the potential students for next year and their families, we can easily say it was a day well spent. The Open Day provided a good sample of studies at the university and critical insights into student life at Leiden. One prospective student replied to us: “Staff and students informed me really well about the study of Biology in Leiden. I got all the information I wanted. You may see me back next year.”

Staff and helping students: Thank you for a successful Open Day!

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