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Foundation: 1575

Mission: Leiden University is an internationally operating research-driven university with a wide range of academic disciplines and degree programmes. It aims for excellence in all its research and teaching. The University focuses its efforts on achieving the maximum impact from its research and teaching – academic, cultural, societal and economic. It does this in close collaboration with local, regional, national and international partners. Based on a careful consideration of its disciplinary structure, Leiden University focuses on disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching. Leiden University trains students and PhD candidates for academic posts in academia and beyond. Its graduates are able to conduct a critical assessment of academic and societal problems and make considered choices when seeking solutions to these problems. Leiden University aspires to create a close academic community of staff and students. Leiden alumni inform this community with their experience, expertise and involvement. Leiden University also works closely with its university partners: Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and at European level with its partners in the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Vision: As a prestigious European research university, Leiden University plays a foremost role in academic research and teaching. High-quality academic research and teaching are crucial to a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just world. The University is committed to developing, disseminating and applying academic knowledge and is a trusted figure in societal and political debates in the national and international arena.

History: www.universiteitleiden.nl

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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28OECDNetherlands
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 266th113th112th224th12th
Arts and Humanities 100th40th39th93rd6th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 121st30th29th102nd3rd
Business, Management and Accounting 373rd167th165th298th12th
Chemistry 244th65th62nd183rd5th
Computer Science 406th172nd168th311th13th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 93rd28th27th60th1st
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 238th106th104th190th10th
Energy 335th120th120th228th9th
Engineering 399th181st177th303rd19th
Environmental Science 268th112th107th187th10th
Mathematics 410th198th198th315th13th
Medicine 89th22nd22nd82nd5th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 101st23rd23rd67th2nd
Physics and Astronomy 226th74th70th167th2nd
Psychology 75th21st20th74th7th
Social Sciences 118th42nd40th97th8th
Veterinary 156th56th52nd123rd4th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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