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Leiden University

Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. As far back as 1575, researchers at Leiden University have been leaving their mark on the world. We conduct ground-breaking research, provide medical breakthroughs, write trailblazing books, shed light on complex social problems in the media and have been awarded 16 Nobel Prizes and now 26 Spinoza Prizes for their pioneering work. Leiden University is a fertile environment for top talent.

Our researchers are active throughout the arts, humanities and sciences. They conduct both fundamental and interdisciplinary research and work to produce new knowledge that leads to new scientific insights that - sooner or later - can benefit society. In this way, the university contributes to solutions for scientific issues and social challenges and problems. Leiden University seeks to be a leading light, a place where scientists can freely conduct scientific research and freely express their views on possible solutions to societal problems. Not surprisingly, our motto is Praesidium Libertatis - Bastion of Freedom.

We believe research and education are inextricably linked. Ongoing research serves as a source of inspiration for our teaching. Students are given ample opportunity to learn from our researchers and become aware of the latest scientific insights.

Thanks to its committed and inspired employees, the university enjoys a leading role in academic research and education, both nationally and internationally. Leiden also scores very well every year in prominent rankings. This means that, to maintain our position, the bar is set very high. However, science and education can really flourish in an environment where everyone can be themselves and where there is room for different perspectives that bring people together from different ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, health, religion, age and socio-economic background. This is why Leiden University is making every effort to ensure equal opportunities for everyone.

Regardless of the work you do at our university, you are always encouraged to broaden your horizons, develop your talents and reach your full potential. We believe in personal and professional development for everyone. The aim is for employees to be able to adapt to changes in the future, to remain enthusiastic about coming to work and to accommodate their talents. We find collaboration important and like to work on innovation in connection with each other.

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Key Facts

  • 7,860 employees
  • Campus location: Leiden and The Hague
  • 33,474 students
  • 7,075 scientific publications (2023)
  • 515 PhD graduates (2023)
  • 28 Dutch Research Grants
  • 13 European Research Grants (ERC 2023)
  • University awards: 16 Nobel Prizes, 21 Spinoza Prizes and 3 Stevin Prizes

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