A bottom-up collaboration aimed at solving complex challenges

About us

For many years, Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam have been collaborating in many fields of education, research and valorisation. Their partnership has been extended and was formalised through the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance, founded in 2012. Our mission is to collaborate in matters of substance and according to our own strengths, thereby contributing to the academic, social, and economic challenges of our time.

Three universities

These three top-ranking universities enjoy excellent international reputations in education and research:

Their quality, complementarity and physical closeness offer unique opportunities for intensive structural collaboration.

Multidisciplinary centres

Through innovative and outstanding teaching and research, our eight multidisciplinary interuniversity centres seek to contribute towards understanding and solving the major and complex social issues of our time. They work with societal partners and seek to form a basis for further academic and public-private partnerships. |
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centres 

Research in the fields of  science & technology

The three universities have a long tradition of bottom-up collaborations between excellent research groups in such fields as science & technology, quantum technology, biotechnology and computer science. Fundamental en technological research mutually reinforce each other.
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Research 

Medical Delta

Also on the medical-technological field researchers successfully collaborate in Medical Delta, a consortium of the three universities, the Erasmus MC, and the Leiden University Medical Centre, as well as public-sector bodies and businesses.
Medical Delta 

Innovative education

The three universities are keen to offer their students an outstanding and varied education so they can play a leading role in the world of tomorrow. By working together, the universities broaden their curricula and offer more innovative, attractive and more multidisciplinary education. Students can easily meet due to the physical closeness and thus making real joint education possible.
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus education 

In society

As well as a multidisciplinary approach, solving social issues requires structural cooperation from the universities and the private sector, the public sector, and other knowledge institutes. In this way a strong knowledge cluster is created.
Working with society

Joint trainee programme

The three universities have set up a joint two-year management trainee programme.
Trainee programme

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