Strategic Alliance

The collaboration between Leiden University, TU Delft, and Erasmus University Rotterdam is in the form of a strategic alliance. This means that the three universities collaborate on the basis of a shared vision and shared objectives in specific areas.  The agreements governing the alliance are contained in a set of joint regulations.

Board and steering committees

The members of the executive boards of the three universities together form the board of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities The chair of the board rotates between the presidents of the three Executive Boards. The board’s role includes inspiring, coordinating and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, research and impact.

The deans of the faculties are closely involved in the collaboration as members of the steering committees of the centres and programmes.

Board and steering committees

LDE Dean and LDE Office

Prof. Wim van den Doel is LDE-dean. He is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and day-to-day management of the alliance on behalf of the LDE board and in coordination with the members of the LDE board. He is supported in this by the LDE Office.



Participation in the LDE decision-making process takes place in two ways: informal and formal.

The informal involvement of the participation councils in LDE decision-making will be done by means of a meeting in the spring where (representatives of) the participation councils, the LDE dean, and (if feasible and / or necessary) the Executive Board Presidents of the three universities look back on the previous year and go through the ambitions for the coming year and by means of a meeting in the autumn where the chairpersons of the central participation councils and the LDE dean update each other on the progress and status of affairs of the LDE alliance.

The formal involvement of the central participation councils in LDE decision-making is invested in the existing meeting cycles of each of the councils individually. The starting point is the powers as laid down in the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) and the Works Councils Act (WOR).

Interdisciplinary Centres and Programmes

The idea behind the collaboration is that it is shaped from the bottom up, based on substance, where working together creates added value. In the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centres and programmes scientists and scholars collaborate on complex social challenges. 

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centres and Programmes

Medical Delta

Medical Delta is the consortium for health and medical technology of the three universities, the Erasmus Medical Centre, and the Leiden University Medical Centre, together with more than 150 companies, science parks, and public-sector bodies.

Medical Delta