Leiden university
Leiden university

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  • University Offices:
    Rapenburg 70, 2311 EZ Leiden, Netherlands
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    +31 71 527 2727
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The Leiden University was established by the Prince of Orange, William (Dutch revolt leader of Dutch war of independence) in 1575. It is the oldest university of Netherlands. It holds a special place for the Dutch Royal Family and some of the royal family members have been its former students.

The Leiden University has 7 faculties and 50 departments of various subjects like arts, science, law, engineering, and archaeology which are offered undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate programs. It is situated in Leiden, Netherlands but has expanded, in recent years, to The Hague. $591 million is the financial endowment the university has in its kitty.

In 2014/15, the university had 23,007 students and 2324 faculty members. The university is a member of reputed affiliations such as LERU (League of European Research Universities), the Europaeum, and the Coimbra Group. Moreover, it is home to over 40 research institutes of national and international levels some of which are IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies), ITC (International Tax Centre), and ACPA (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts). 16 Nobel Prize laureates and 19 Spinoza Prize winners are associated with LEI. Some of the highly regarded dignitaries of this university are Stefanie Joosten (Actress), John Wilkes (politician), Hugo Grotius (jurist), Piet Aalberse (Politician), and Henry Fielding (Novelist).