19 February 2015  
  Special anniversary celebration for Leiden University: 440 years

The celebration of Leiden's Dies Natalis on Monday 9 February in the Pieterskerk was extra special this year and was attended by many prominent guests. This was the kick-off of the special 88th Lustrum (five-year) celebrations in 2015.

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  Empathy improves with age

A unique network is activated in our brains whenever we think of other people. This network has a social function, and changes during adolescence. The change enables us to become better at understanding others and sharing in their feelings. But, as psychologist Sandy Overgaauw discovered, it doesn’t have the same effect in everyone. PhD defence 19 February.

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  New strategy for Leiden University for the coming 5 years: Freedom to Excel

Leiden University has a new strategic plan. For the coming five years the focus will be on stimulating excellence and talent, innovation in education, building an international research and teaching environment, strengthening impact and innovation and the further expansion of Campus The Hague.

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  Language as a time machine

About 90 per cent of Austronesian and Papuan languages are under threat of soon becoming extinct. Marian Klamer is the only professor in the world who researches both these language groups. She records languages before they disappear and sheds new light on the history of Indonesia. Inaugural lecture on 6 February.

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  ‘Alumni are the best ambassadors the Netherlands has’

Dutch and foreign alumni from Leiden are the oil that keeps the wheels of Dutch-Asian relations moving smoothly. That’s one of the conclusions reached during the area day of the Dutch ambassadors in Asia and Oceania. All of them gathered in Leiden University’s Academy Building on 30 January.

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  The 88th Lustrum of Leiden University: cause for celebration!

The 440th anniversary of Leiden University also marks the start of the University’s 88th Lustrum. Cause for a celebration! With sports, an incredible party and science.

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  More news
The Hortus Botanicus: from herb garden to crown jewel
Devouring movies and novels for Cleveringa course
FameLab: racked with nerves but still a good presentation
Strings attached to future high-temperature superconductivity
Student entrepreneurs aiming to help society
  Leiden through the eyes of....
Ming Yue Liu, Erasmus Exchange student of Chemistry in Leiden
  Leiden classics
How Winston Churchill was awarded an Honorary Doctorate
  International students
National Student Survey 2015: give your opinion of your programme!
Become a candidate!  Everyone's voice should be heard.
Unique offer: free CJP/Knaek pass for students of Campus The Hague
Sign up now for the Humanities Career Event on 9 April
  International staff
P & O News: 3, 10 and 17 February
New PhD regulations for Leiden University effective from 8 February 2015
Become a candidate! Everyone's voice should be heard.
  Forthcoming events
20 February: Voices from Tibet - Reportage by Woeser & Wang
28 February: Experience Day International Studies
4 March: Ukraine: crisis, legacies and interests - Studium Generale lecture by Professor André Gerrits 
7 March: Open Day bachelor's programmes
17 March: Leiden-Aramco Lecture 'Ancient Arabia: Forgotten Civilizations at the Heart of the Ancient Near East', by  Michael Macdonald, Oxford University

More events
Harmen Jousma wins Teaching Prize
Four Vici awards for Leiden researchers
Toon Kerkhoff wins G.A. van Poelje prize
Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker on university governance
A sense of the past, edited by Hans Kamermans, Martin Gojda and Axel G. Posluschny
Leiden Law Blog: No Genocidal Intent Proven in Croatia v. Serbia
Leiden Anthropology Blog: One of us - Tarik Z. and Conspiracy Culture
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