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Multidisciplinary problems ask for a multidisciplinary approach


Leiden University, TU Delft, and Erasmus University Rotterdam together cover a very wide spectrum of disciplines, and are complementary to a significant degree. All three are highly regarded universities with research groups that rank among the world’s finest.  This offers unique opportunities for structural collaboration.


The three universities work closely together in multidisciplinary research fields that are relevant to the complex and global issues of our age. These fields often connect with  the European ‘Horizon 2020’ research agenda.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centres

In 2013, the three universities set up eight multidisciplinary centres, in which researchers from various fields work closely together.   Medical Delta, the successful Leiden-Delft-Erasmus consortium for health and medical technology, served as an example.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centres

Health: 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. It focuses on healthy aging, early diagnostics and treatment, minimally invasive technology, and personalised medicine.

Medical Delta

Science and technology

Top-level research groups from the three universities work closely together - often as part of a larger partnership - in such fields of science and technology as physics, nanotechnology, nanobiology, biotechnology, mathematics and computer science, and chemistry.

Research schools
Research programmes
Public-private consortiums
Working with society