Professor John Goddard, an expert on the Civic University, has been asked by the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Steering Committee, to review the centres. Read his short conclusions:
Prof. Goddard: 'The LDE Alliance is a globally distinctive and pioneering initiative in many respects. It brings together researchers from different disciplines and from different institutions in the same region. It supports the sharing of teaching across the institutions in the prioritized areas. Above all it ensures that the shared work is undertaken in partnership with civil society, exhibiting many features of the civic university model which is gaining ground around the world not least in The Netherlands where the government has launched support for ‘City Deals’, linking universities and municipalities.'