Leiden is the most knowledge-intensive region of The Netherlands

Leiden, knowledge centre with international allure

Leiden, with its university and Bio Science Park, is among the leaders in prestigious European academic knowledge centres.

Leiden University

The university holds a global top position in law and the humanities, as well as in a wide range of research fields, including medicine, natural sciences and archaeology. In all international rankings, Leiden is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world. From the moment its university was founded in 1575 right up to the present day, Leiden has been a frontrunner in science, both fundamental research and applied sciences.

Since its foundation nearly 450 years ago, Leiden University has had numerous scientific breakthroughs to its name. In the 17th century Sylvius and Boerhaave introduced the concept of patient-focused medical education and research, with which Leiden had gained its wide international renown. At the end of the 19th and early 20th century, a series of big breakthroughs followed. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity and Willem Einthoven invented the electrocardiograph. Albert Einstein was a professor occupying an endowed chair in Leiden, working in close collaboration with Lorentz and De Sitter. Leiden, City of Discoveries, can boast 16 Nobel Prize laureates. The ground-breaking work continues to the present day. From the total of 66 Spinoza grants awarded, the highest academic award in the Netherlands, Leiden has been granted 18 so far, in the fields of medicine, natural sciences, archaeology, social and behavioural sciences, and linguistic research.

Excellent research

High-quality and particularly innovative standards of academic research are one of Leiden’s many positive qualities. Leiden has a wide range of research facilities at its disposal and is the meeting place for internationally renowned scientists and top-ranking research in each possible discipline.



Life Science

The Bio Science Park in Leiden is the heart of medical and biological applied sciences in Northwest Europe and is the biggest life sciences cluster in the Netherlands. In addition to publicly funded knowledge institutions, many SMEs and large companies are also established here. Together, they develop and produce medicines, vaccines and more. The close proximity of the medical and natural science faculties contribute largely to their success.





The Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) is one of eight university medical centres in the Netherlands. The primary focus is on continuous improvement of healthcare quality. The LUMC has a long tradition of ground-breaking biomedical research and has earned its place at the international top.