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Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of the leading international research universities in Europe. The University has seven faculties: Law, Archeaology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Medicine, Natural Sciences and Governance & Global Affairs, spread over campuses in both Leiden and The Hague. Our motto is Praesidium Libertatis – Bastion of Freedom.

Leiden University harbors pioneering research and teaching based on a wide diversity of academic disciplines. The university has excellent research facilities and renowned collections, and a strong and intricate knowledge infrastructure. Over 33,000 students and almost 8,000 staff members form an open, active and engaged University community, with a deep-rooted academic freedom and an intrinsic international orientation. They are driven by the desire to know, understand, interpret and create. They work together to answer the questions of today and keep an eye to the questions of tomorrow.


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The 2016 Standing Rock protest was only the most recent manifestation of the indigenous American values inherited by European settlers on this land. James MacPherson

Indigenous people invented the so-called ‘American Dream’

Anti-immigrant policies ignore that American ideals like liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness can be traced back to the indigenous pioneers who once moved freely across North America.
Tax sheltering is not just the domain of exotic Caribbean isles. Major world powers, including the United Kingdom, play a critical and previously undisclosed role in global tax avoidance. CORPNET

These five countries are conduits for the world’s biggest tax havens

The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Ireland are among the rich countries that funnel major corporate money into secret offshore tax shelters, according to a new study.
Manifestation du 11 janvier 2015, à Paris. Frédéric de La Mure/Flickr

Contre le fanatisme, réinventer la modération

Face aux extrêmes, l’esprit de modération doit s’armer d’un discours cohérent pour ne plus apparaître comme un aveu de faiblesse mais bien comme la réponse la plus efficace.
The case of Baby Gammy made the Australian public confront the often-disturbing reality of the international commercial surrogacy industry. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

2014: the year international surrogacy came to the fore

This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being…
Planning a NExit: Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. EPA/Koen van Weel

EU election: pragmatic Dutch aproach means ‘NExit’ unlikely

Elections for the European Parliament in the Netherlands have traditionally been described as either “dull” or “extremely dull”. They were overshadowed by national elections in 1989 and 1994, and in 1999…
Get the knuckle-dragging caveman image out of your head – Neandertals were master toolmakers. marcovdz

Neandertal toolmakers left a leatherworking legacy

Ever since the Neandertal (Homo neanderthalensis) type fossil was discovered in the Neander Valley of Germany in 1856, the species has been variously portrayed as knuckle-dragging cavemen and primitive…


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