Leiden University (LEI) is a public research university in Leiden, Netherlands. The university was founded as a Protestant university in 1575. It is the oldest institution of higher education in the Netherlands, as well as one of the most reputed in the country and Europe. The university has seven academic faculties and over fifty subject departments while housing more than 40 national and international research institutes. Its historical primary campus consists of buildings scattered across the college town of Leiden, while a second campus located in The Hague houses a liberal arts college and several of its faculties. Leiden University consistently ranks among the best universities in the world by prominent international ranking tables.
Leiden University focuses on pioneering research and teaching to equip new generations to make a difference in a global society driven by the desire to know, understand, interpret and create. Leiden University works together to answer the questions of today, and keep an eye on the questions of tomorrow by optimally employing the diversity of academic disciplines, through activities that both deepen and broaden knowledge. It creates knowledge and value in constant connection with one another and the environment by cherishing diversity.