Leiden University

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Leiden University (Dutch: Universiteit Leiden), located in the city of Leiden, is the oldest university in the Netherlands.[1] The university was founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War. The royal Dutch House of Orange-Nassau and Leiden University still have a close relationship. The Queens Juliana and Beatrix and crown-prince Willem-Alexander studied at Leiden University. In 2005 Queen Beatrix received a rare honorary degree from Leiden University.[2]

Today, Leiden University has six faculties, over 50 departments and more than 150 undergraduate programmes, and it enjoys an outstanding international reputation. Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Leiden University as the 70th best university worldwide.[3] The 2009 THE-QS World University Rankings ranked Leiden University 60th in the world overall.[4] In addition, QS has ranked Leiden University as the 29th best university worldwide for Arts and Humanities.[5] The university is a member of the distinguished Coimbra Group, the Europaeum and the League of European Research Universities.

Leiden University houses more than 40 national and international (research) institutes.


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