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January 2014

University in the spotlight: Leiden University

Leiden University, founded in 1575, is a research university.
Fundamental research is the main objective and the education provided is largely research-based. Fundamental research is typically curiosity-driven and its courses and findings are usually unpredictable. Leiden University believes that fundamental research is crucial to the development of modern society and the future prosperity of mankind. At Leiden we aim to create an inspiring atmosphere for researchers and students.

As a research University, Leiden University focuses on fundamental research and research-based education. Fundamental research is typically curiosity-driven and researchers develop their curiosity through their observations. In science and technology, unexpected outcomes or practical problems are often at the basis of research into the most fundamental characteristics of nature. Fundamental research frequently leads to new insights into the essence of nature, the human mind, and the complex interactions between their elements. From this starting point, innovations, new developments and solutions to old problems emerge.

Research-based teaching serves to stimulate a curiosity-driven approach to education. Students at Leiden are motivated to constantly question the essence of nature, the human mind and the complex interactions between their elements.

Leiden University strongly believes that the education it provides benefits directly from the high quality research that is carried out within the University itself, and that new fundamental knowledge is new intellectual capital. The most recent academic insights are immediately integrated into the courses.

Leiden University strongly believes in worldwide co-operation. Top research increasingly means joining forces across boundaries; these may be the boundaries of departmental disciplines, of faculties and of the University itself. Leiden holds a firmly established international position among the top international research institutes in many diverse fields. Many international researchers and students work and study here, and the University enjoys numerous valuable and fruitful contacts with academic establishments throughout the world.

More about the current achievements and laureates at Leiden can be found at Leiden's Laureates and via our research output.

At this moment there are about 25 research projects, which are offered by Leiden University listed in the EuroScholars database.

An impression of research projects at Leiden University:

- Terrorism and Counter terrorism
- Projects in Cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience
- Social Decision Making
- Fields of interest: Medical Image Processing
- Noradrenergic control of human cognition
- Fields of interest: Biomedical Research
- Quantum Optics

EuroScholars alumni in the spotlight:
Christine Wamsley (Colby College) 

Christine Wamsley participated in the Fall 2013 semester at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich, Germany) where she gave an interview about her EuroScholars experience.


New research project at University of Zurich

Network Engineering

Whitaker International Program

The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. bio-medical engineering (or bio-engineering) overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.

Upcoming Conferences:

February 2014
Association of International Education Administrators
February 16 – 19, 2014  Washington, D.C.

April 2014
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research
April 3 – 5, 2014
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY

May 2014
May 25 - 30, 2014 
San Diego, CA

September 2014
September 16 - 19, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic