17 October 2014  
  New Asian library for Leiden University

Leiden University is to have a unique expertise centre on Asia. This centre, the Asian Library, will hold extremely rare Asian collections and offer new opportunities for teaching and research.

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  Herman van Rompuy: impassioned with the spirit of compromise

The European Union can only continue to exist if each member state becomes impassioned with the spirit of compromise. These were the words of Herman van Rompuy, departing President of the European Council, on 10 October during Leiden University’s Europe Lecture.

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  High ranking for Leiden University in the THE World Rankings

Leiden University, in 64th position, is the highest-ranking Dutch University in the Times Higher Education Rankings (THE). Leiden has risen by three places since last year. THE ranks universities on teaching, research and innovation.

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  Get to know Roberta D'Alessandro and discover the architecture of language

How does language work and how do we learn a language? The more we know about language, the better we can understand how people interpret the world in words. Roberta D'Alessandro carries out research on the architecture of language. There is now a dossier about her work online.

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  'The North Korean regime will collapse within five to seven years’

The greatest threat to the North Korean regime is not the outside world but its own developing private market and the growing frictions at the top. This was the argument put forward by North Korean exile Jang Jin-sung in his lecture in Leiden.

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  Fast healthcare robot now closer thanks to new computer model

A robot that whips up a cup of coffee or tea in a jiffy is no longer the realm of science fiction. Psychologists and computer scientists have developed a model that codes how people perform these activities. The model is 500 times faster than earlier programmes.

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  More news
Faculty of Archaeology’s new home opened with a prehistoric sword
Tolkien and fiction-based religions
Smoking cannabis doesn’t make you more creative
Pink F-16s and other ways the armed forces were criticised
Did fruit contribute to Apple’s success?
Singing along with a head full of stem cells
  Leiden through the eyes of...
Colombian student David Alvira:Studying here isn’t elitist’
  Leiden Classics
Leiden Classics: Caspar Reuvens, the world’s first professor of archaeology
  International students
Win 5,000 euros with your idea to improve contacts between Dutch and international students!
2 November: Deadline International Leiden Leadership Programme Applications
Diversity Symposium 2014 ‘Excellence through diversity’
Meet us in your country
  International staff
P&O News 14 October 2014
Win 5,000 euros with your idea to improve contact between Dutch and international students!
Diversity Symposium 2014 ‘Excellence through diversity’
Maurits Berger, ‘A Brief History of Islam in Europe’
  Coming events
18 October–26 January: Leiden Celebrates! Highlights of an Academic Collection
27 October: Rise of the Indie cinema and regional films, and the challenges they face
11 November: Diversity Symposium 2014 ‘Excellence through diversity’
17-19 November: Conference '25 Years UN Convention Rights of the Child'
25 November: KNAW lecture by Wil Roebroeks Early fire and human evolution
26 November: Cleveringa lecture
Around 26 November: Cleveringa meetings worldwide  
Veni grant for Caspar van den Berg
Leiden University wins 'Youth for Peace' International Law Competition
'Kees Bakker' award for Thijmen Breeschoten   
Leiden Law blog: Big data and taxes
Leiden Security and Safety blog: Football, the forgotten factor in conflict
LIBC blog: The fragrant brain
Leiden Anthropology blog: Conference chat 'Revolution and collaboration at the EASA Conference 2014'
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