Leiden is the most knowledge-intensive region of The Netherlands

Leiden, knowledge centre with international allure

With its university and Bio Science Park, Leiden is among the most prominent scientific knowledge centres in Europe. The University holds a global top ranking in law and languages, as well as in a broad range of medical, archaelogical and physics research, appearing in the top 80 best universities of four internationally leading rankings. From the day its university was founded in 1575 right up to today, Leiden has been in the vanguard of fundamental and applied science worldwide. 

Leiden University 
Over its almost 450 year history, Leiden University has been produced many scientific breakthroughs. In the 17th century, Slyvius and Boerhaave introduced patient-oriented medical training and research, giving Leiden great international notoriety in the field. Around the turn of the 20th century, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity while Willem Einthoven developed the electrocardiograph. Albert Einstein was a visiting professor at Leiden University, where he collaborated with Lorentz and De Sitter. 

Leiden, City of Discoveries, boasts 16 Nobel Prize laureates and the groundbreaking work continues today. Out of a total of 66, Leiden has earned 19 Spinoza Prizes, the pinnacle of Dutch academic awards, in the fields of medicine, natural science, archaeology, social and behavioural sciences as well as language research. 


Excellent research

The high quality and outstanding innovative level of its scientific research is one of Leiden's great strengths. There is a wide range of research facilities avaiable. Leiden is a preferred choice of many internationally renowned scientists for meetings and top level research in a host academic fields.

Life Science

Leiden's Bio Science Park, the largest life sciences cluster in the Netherlands, is the heart of applied biomedical research in North-Western Europe. In addition to publicly funded knowledge institutions, it is made up of many small, medium-sized and large companies. Together, they produce things like medicines and vaccines. The proximity of the medical and natural sciences departments is an important contributing factor to their success.



The Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) is one of eight university medical centres in the Netherlands. They aim to continuously improve the quality of health care. The LUMC is internationally renowned for its groundbreaking (bio)medical research.