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public university>Public research university| campus = Urban/College townEuro>€588 million (2016)HTTPS://WWW.UNIVERSITEITLEIDEN.NL/EN/ABOUT-US/FACTS-AND-FIGURES/THE-UNIVERSITY-AT-A-GLANCE>TITLE=THE UNIVERSITY AT A GLANCEACCESSDATE=2017-05-08ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20160608061505/HTTP://WWW.UNIVERSITEITLEIDEN.NL/EN/ABOUT-US/FACTS-AND-FIGURES/THE-UNIVERSITY-AT-A-GLANCEDF=, |rector = Carel StolkerPUBLISHER=LEIDEN UNIVERSITY DEADURL=YES ARCHIVEDATE=2016-02-07, | staff = 6,700| students = 29,520 (2017)| undergrad = | postgrad = | doctoral = | city = Leiden and The Hague| province = South Holland| country = Netherlands| former_names = Rijksuniversiteit Leiden|website = www.universiteitleiden.nl #001158}} Dark blue (color)HTTP://HUISSTIJL.LEIDENUNIV.NL/NL/BASISELEMENTEN/KLEUR/ PUBLISHER=LEIDEN UNIVERSITY, 2018-08-22, |logo = File:UniversiteitLeidenLogo.svg}}Leiden University (commonly abbreviated as LEI; ) is a public research university in Leiden, Netherlands. Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War, it is the oldest university in the Netherlands.Technically the University of Leuven, currently in Belgium but in the year of its foundation (1425) located in the Netherlands, is the oldest university ever founded in the Netherlands, but Leuven is no longer part of the Netherlands. It is known for its historic foundations, emphasis on the social sciences, and student-run societies.The university came into particular prominence during the Dutch Golden Age, when scholars from around Europe were attracted to the Dutch Republic due to its climate of intellectual tolerance and Leiden's international reputation. During this time, Leiden became the home to individuals such as René Descartes, Rembrandt, Christiaan Huygens, Hugo Grotius, Baruch Spinoza and Baron d'Holbach.The university has seven academic faculties and over fifty subject departments, while housing more than 40 national and international research institutes. Its historic primary campus, scattered across the college town of Leiden, is considered among the most beautiful in Europe. The university also operates a secondary campus in The Hague, which consists of a liberal arts college and one of its faculties. It is a member of the Coimbra Group, the Europaeum, and a founding member of the League of European Research Universities.The prestigious Leiden University is closely associated with the Dutch Royal Family, with Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander being former alumni. Its alumni include ten leaders and Prime Ministers of the Netherlands, including current Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Internationally, it is associated with nine foreign leaders, among them John Quincy Adams; the 6th President of the United States; a Secretary General of NATO, a President of the International Court of Justice, a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and 16 (sixteen) recipients of the Nobel Prize (including Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein was known as a professor at Leiden University. Einstein regularly taught Leiden students for a few weeks per year. His first lecture at Leiden was about "Ether and Relativity Theory".WEB, University, Leiden, Einstein in Leiden,weblink Leiden University, 9 May 2014, JOURNAL, Investigations into the origin of Einstein’s Sink, Studium, 2019, 11, 260–268, 10.18352/studium.10183, and Enrico Fermi).

History

Foundation and early history

File:William_the_Silent_16th_century.jpg|thumb|left|upright|William the SilentWilliam the Silent(File:Academia Leidensis (cropped).jpg|thumb|The Academy building of Leiden University in 1614.)(File:Anatomical theatre Leiden.jpg|thumb|Anatomical theatre Leiden.)In 1575, the emerging Dutch Republic did not have any universities in its northern heartland. The only other university in the Habsburg Netherlands was the University of Leuven in southern Leuven, firmly under Spanish control. The scientific renaissance had begun to highlight the importance of academic study, so Prince William founded the first Dutch university in Leiden, to give the Northern Netherlands an institution that could educate its citizens for religious purposes, but also to give the country and its government educated men in other fields.BOOK, Otterspeer, Willem, Groepsportret met Dame: de Leidse universiteit, 1575-1672, 2000, 978-90-351-2240-6, It is said the choice fell on Leiden as a reward for the heroic defence of Leiden against Spanish attacks in the previous year. Ironically, the name of Philip II of Spain, William's adversary, appears on the official foundation certificate, as he was still the de jure count of Holland. Philip II replied by forbidding any subject to study in Leiden. Originally located in the convent of St Barbara, the university moved to the Faliede Bagijn Church in 1577 (now the location of the University museum) and in 1581 to the convent of the White Nuns, a site which it still occupies, though the original building was destroyed by fire in 1616.The presence within half a century of the date of its foundation of such scholars as Justus Lipsius, Joseph Scaliger, Franciscus Gomarus, Hugo Grotius, Jacobus Arminius, Daniel Heinsius and Gerhard Johann Vossius, rapidly made Leiden university into a highly regarded institution that attracted students from across Europe in the 17th century.BOOK, H., Schnappen, Niederländische Universitäten und deutsches Geistesleben von der Gründung der Universität Leiden bis ins späte 18. Jahrhundert, Münster, 1960, Neue Münstersche Beiträge zur Geschichtsforschung, 6, 3783378, Renowned philosopher Baruch Spinoza was based close to Leiden during this period and interacted with numerous scholars at the university. The learning and reputation of Jacobus Gronovius, Herman Boerhaave, Tiberius Hemsterhuis and David Ruhnken, among others, enabled Leiden to maintain its reputation for excellence down to the end of the 18th century.At the end of the nineteenth century, Leiden University again became one of Europe's leading universities. In 1896 the Zeeman effect was discovered there by Pieter Zeeman and shortly afterwards given a classical explanation by Hendrik Antoon Lorentz. A.J. Kox, The discovery of the electron: II. The Zeeman effect, Eur. J. Phys. 18, 139–144 (1997). At the world’s first university low-temperature laboratory, professor Heike Kamerlingh Onnes achieved temperatures of only one degree above absolute zero of −273 degrees Celsius. In 1908 he was also the first to succeed in liquifying helium and can be credited with the discovery of the superconductivity in metals.Website Nobel Prizes

Modern day

(File:Leiden 1610.jpg|thumb|Leiden University Library in 1610)The University Library, which has more than 5.2 million books and fifty thousand journals, also has a number of internationally renowned special collections of western and oriental manuscripts, printed books, archives, prints, drawings, photographs, maps, and atlases. It houses the largest collections worldwide on Indonesia and the Caribbean. The research activities of the Scaliger Institute focus on these special collections and concentrate particularly on the various aspects of the transmission of knowledge and ideas through texts and images from antiquity to the present day.(File:Leiden-Sterrewacht-06.jpg|thumb|left|Leiden Observatory of the university.)In 2005 the manuscript of Einstein on the quantum theory of the monatomic ideal gas (the Einstein-Bose condensation) was discovered in one of Leiden's libraries.BBC NEWS | Europe | Student unearths Einstein paper.The portraits of many famous professors since the earliest days hang in the university aula, one of the most memorable places, as Niebuhr called it, in the history of science.{{Citation needed|date=July 2017}}In 2012 Leiden entered into a strategic alliance with Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam in order for the universities to increase the quality of their research and teaching. The university is also the unofficial home of the Bilderberg Group, a meeting of high-level political and economic figures from North America and Europe.

Location and buildings

{{refimprove|section|date=February 2019}}(File:Leiden - Rapenburg - universiteit.JPG|thumb|The Academy building of Leiden University in modern days)The university has no central campus; its buildings are spread over the city. Some buildings, like the Gravensteen, are very old, while buildings like Lipsius and Gorlaeus are much more modern.Vier eeuwen geschiedenis in steen. Universitaire gebouwen in Leiden. Leiden, 2005 {{ISBN|90-9018052-4}}Among the institutions affiliated with the university are The KITLV or Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (founded in 1851), the observatory 1633; the natural history museum, with a very complete anatomical cabinet; the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), with specially valuable Egyptian and Indian departments; a museum of Dutch antiquities from the earliest times; and three ethnographical museums, of which the nucleus was Philipp Franz von Siebold's Japanese collections. The anatomical and pathological laboratories of the university are modern, and the museums of geology and mineralogy have been restored.The Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest in the world. Plants from all over the world have been carefully cultivated here by experts for more than four centuries. The Clusius garden (a reconstruction), the 18th century Orangery with its monumental tub plants, the rare collection of historical trees hundreds of years old, the Japanese Siebold Memorial Museum symbolising the historical link between East and West, the tropical greenhouses with their world class plant collections, and the central square and Conservatory exhibiting exotic plants from South Africa and southern Europe.

Campus The Hague

In 1998, the university has also expanded to The Hague which has become home to Campus The Hague, with six of the seven faculties represented and exclusive home to the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, International Studies and Leiden University College The Hague, a liberal arts and sciences college. Here, the University offers academic courses in the fields of law, political science, public administration and medicine. It occupies a number of buildings in the centre of the city, including a college building at Lange Voorhout.The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs was established in 2011, together with the University College, and one of the largest programmes of the Faculty of Humanities, International Studies. Since 2017 Leiden University Medical Center also has a branch at Campus The Hague.

Organisation

(File:Leiden163.JPG|thumb|right|The Leiden University Medical Centre)(File:Leiden92.JPG|thumb|right|Entrance of Gorlaeus building of the Faculty of Science)(File:Huygens and Oort Buildings.JPG|thumb|right|Huygens and Oort Buildings of the Faculty of Science)(File:Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw.jpg|thumb|right|Faculty of Law)The university is divided into seven major faculties which offer approximately 50 undergraduate degree programmes and over 100 graduate programmes.

Academic profile

Undergraduate studies

Most of the university's departments offer their own degree programme(s). Undergraduate programmes lead to either a B.A., B.Sc. or LL.B. degree. Other degrees, such as the B.Eng. or B.F.A., are not awarded at Leiden University.

Graduate studies

Students can choose from a range of graduate programmes. Most of the above-mentioned undergraduate programmes can be continued with either a general or a specialised graduate program. Leiden University offers more than 100 graduate programs leading to either MA, MSc, MPhil, or LLM degrees. The MPhil is the most advanced graduate degree and is awarded by select departments of the university (mostly in the fields of Arts, Social Sciences, Archeology, Philosophy, and Theology). Admission to these programmes is highly selective and primarily aimed at those students opting for an academic career or before going into law or medicine. Traditionally, the MPhil degree enabled its holder to teach at the university levels as an associate professor. The MPhil degree is also common in elite universities in the UK (Oxford and Cambridge), and the Ivy League in the United States.File:Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen Leiden.jpg|thumb|right|The Pieter de la CourtPieter de la Court

Doctorate programmes

In addition, most departments, affiliated (research) institutes or faculties offer doctorate programmes or positions, leading to the PhD degree. Most of the PhD programmes offered by the university are concentrated in several research schools or institutes.

Research schools and affiliated institutes

(File:Onderzoeksgebouw LUMC Leiden.jpg|thumb|right|Research building of the Leiden University Medical Centre)Leiden University has more than 50 research and graduate schools and institutes. Some of them are fully affiliated with one faculty of the university, while others are interfaculty institutes or even interuniversity institutes.{| class="wikitable"!align=left|Institute!|ACPA|Academy of Creative and Performing Arts|ASCAfrika-Studiecentrum, Leiden>African Studies Centre Leiden|CMLInstitute of Environmental Sciences (CML)HTTP://WWW.CML.LEIDEN.EDU/ PUBLISHER=CML.LEIDEN.EDU ACCESSDATE=2012-09-26, |CRCPUBLISHER=EN.MASTERSINLEIDEN.NL ACCESSDATE=2012-09-26, |CTI| Centre for Language and Identity|CWTS| Centre for Science and Technology Studies|The Meijers Research Institute| Research School for Legal Studies|eLaw@Leiden| Centre for Law in the Information SocietyHugo Grotius>Grotius Centre| Research Centre for International Legal Studies|GSS| Leiden Graduate School of Science|Historical Institute| Leiden University Institute for HistoryJohan Huizinga>Huizinga Instituut| Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History|IBL| Institute of Biology Leiden|IIAS| International Institute for Asian Studies|IIASL| International Institute of Air and Space Law|IOPS| Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics|ITCPUBLISHER=ITC-LEIDEN.NL ACCESSDATE=2012-09-26, |LACDR| The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research|LCMBS| Leiden Centre for Molecular BioScience|LEAD | Leiden Ethnosystems and Development Programme, Faculty of ScienceLeiden Ethnosystems and Development Programme, [weblink LEAD]|Leyden AcademyPUBLISHER=LEYDENACADEMY.NL ACCESSDATE=2015-07-16, |LGSAS| Leiden Graduate School for Archeology|LIACSPUBLISHER=LIACS.NL ACCESSDATE=2012-09-26, |LIAS| Leiden Institute for Area Studies|LIBCLeiden Institute for Brain and CognitionHTTP://WWW.LIBC-LEIDEN.NL PUBLISHER=LIBC-LEIDEN.NL ACCESSDATE=2012-09-26, |LIC| Leiden Institute of Chemistry|LION| Leiden Institute of Physics|LISOR| Leiden Institute for the Study of Religion|LUCAS| Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society|LUCL| Leiden University Centre for Linguistics|LUMC| Leiden University Medical Centre|LUMI| Mathematical Institute of Leiden University|Mediëvistiek| Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies|NIG| Netherlands Institute of Government|NINO| Netherlands Institute for the Near East|NOVA| Netherlands Research School for Astronomy|N.W. Posthumus Instituut| Netherlands Research Institute and School for Economic and Social History|OIKOS| National Research School in Classical Studies|Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis| Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History|OSL| Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies|PALLAS| Pallas Institute for Cultural DisciplinesLeiden Observatory>Sterrewacht Leiden| Leiden Astronomical Observatory|The Europa Institute| Leiden Law School|Van Vollenhoven Institute|Research Institute for Law, Governance and Society

Rankings and reputation









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Notable alumni and professors

Of the eighty-nine Spinoza Prize (the highest scientific award of The Netherlands), twenty-two were granted to professors of the Universiteit Leiden. Literary historian Frits van Oostrom was the first professor of Leiden to be granted the Spinoza award for his work on developing the NLCM centre (Dutch literature and culture in the Middle Ages) into a top research centre. Other Spinozapremie winners are linguists Frederik Kortlandt and Pieter Muysken, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra, physicists Carlo Beenakker, Jan Zaanen, Dirk Bouwmeester and Michel Orrit, astronomers Ewine van Dishoeck, Marijn Franx and Alexander Tielens, transplantation biologist Els Goulmy, clinical epidemiologist Frits Rosendaal, pedagogue Marinus van IJzendoorn, archeologists Wil Roebroeks and Corinne Hofman, neurologist Michel Ferrari, classicist Ineke Sluiter, social psychologist Naomi Ellemers, statistician Aad van der Vaart, cognitive psychologist Eveline Crone, Rector of The Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education Carolus Johannes Reinecke, organisation psychologist Carsten de Dreu.WEB,weblink Spinoza Prize, Leiden University, 20 July 2015, 1 August 2015, Among other leading professors are Wim Blockmans, professor of Medieval History, and Willem Adelaar, professor of Amerindian Languages.

Nobel laureates

Kamerlingh Onnes was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1913. Three other professors received the Nobel Prize for their research performed at Universiteit Leiden: Hendrik Antoon Lorentz and Pieter Zeeman received the Nobel Prize for their pioneering work in the field of optical and electronic phenomena, and the physiologist Willem Einthoven for his invention of the string galvanometer, which among other things, enabled the development of electrocardiography.Nobel laureates associated with Leiden include: the physicists Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and Paul Ehrenfest, the Arabist and Islam expert Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, the law expert Cornelis van Vollenhoven and historian Johan Huizinga, all during the 1920s and 1930s.Also, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Tobias Asser, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Igor Tamm, Jan Tinbergen, Nikolaas Tinbergen, Tjalling Koopmans, Nicolaas Bloembergen and Niels Jerne.Leiden's Nobel Laureates - website of the Leiden University

Controversies

Confidentiality breach

In June 2019, Leiden University was convicted by the Rechtbank den Haag of having breached the confidentiality and defamed a professorial applicant in a long-running court case.WEB,weblink Universiteit Leiden heeft in sollicitatieprocedure onrechtmatig gehandeld, www.rechtspraak.nl, nl, 2019-06-21, The judgement against Leiden University related to actions by three senior officers of the University, including Rector Carel Stolker, and a former Dean, Wim van Den Doel.WEB,weblink Universiteit Leiden veroordeeld wegens benadeling sollicitant: taalkundige Vyvyan Evans heeft recht op schadevergoeding, Simons, Wilfred, Leidschdagblad, nl-BE, 2019-06-21, WEB,weblink Universiteit verliest rechtszaak van taalwetenschapper, Mare Online, nl-NL, 2019-06-21, WEB,weblink Court case: Evans vs Leiden {{!, Professor Vyvyan Evans {{!}} Official Website {{!}} Language & Communication|website=vyv-evans|language=en|access-date=2019-06-21}}WEB,weblink Universiteit Leiden handelde onrechtmatig bij sollicitatieprocedure, 2019-06-19, NU, 2019-06-21, The case attracted wide-spread attention in the Dutch media, and centred on breaches at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

See also

References

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Further reading

  • BOOK, Otterspeer, Willem, The Bastion of Liberty. Leiden University Today and Yesterday, 2008, Amsterdam University Press, 978-90-8728-030-7, Online version: The Bastion of Liberty - (Open Access)
  • Willem Otterspeer: Good, gratifying and renowned. A concise history of Leiden University. Transl. by John R.J. Eyck. Leiden, 2015. {{ISBN|978-90-8728-235-6}}
  • BOOK, Th. Lunsingh Scheurleer & G.H.M. Posthumus Meyjes (ed.), Leiden University in the seventeenth century: an exchange of learning, 1975, 90-04-04267-9,
  • Heinz Schneppen: Niederländische Universitäten und deutsches Geistesleben. Von der Gründung der Universität Leiden bis ins späte 18. Jahrhundert, Münster 1960. Neue Münstersche Beiträge zur Geschichtsforschung Bd. 6

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