Leiden University has big presence in The Hague
Published: 11 September 2012 Modified: 11 September 2012
The Hague Campus of Leiden University has just moved into its new building but it appears that it is now already almost too small. Demand for the international programme in The Hague is astonishingly large, according to Jouke de Vries, director of The Hague Campus.
The academic year started off with the International Studies programme, which combines language with economics, politics and the history of a specific region. The programme has 362 registered students representing 41 different nationalities.
The large lecture room in the new building on the Schouwburgstraat was immediately too small. A number of classes are also being held in Theater Diligentia.
LUC The Hague
Meanwhile a large building is being constructed by The Hague’s Central Station for the permanent campus for Leiden University College The Hague, where 120 students from the Netherlands and abroad are registered. Here students can enrol in the three-year Liberal Arts & Sciences bachelor’s degree programme in English. The programme will move into the new building, also serving as a dormitory, in 2014.
Leiden University’s Institute of Public Administration also recently moved from Leiden to The Hague with 196 registered students.
De Vries said that Leiden University is considering working more closely with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The universities can complement each other because Delft is strong in technical studies and Rotterdam in economics.
Although classes have already started in the new Hague Campus building in the Schouwburgstraat, Prince Willem-Alexander will perform the official opening on 19 September. The local architect Maarten Grasveld from LIAG designed the new 4,500 square metre building, which still maintains the facade of the former squatter’s stronghold called De Illusie. Only the exterior walls of the 19th-century building were left standing.
The old inner courtyard of De Illusie was converted into a beautiful space where the old maple tree is still standing. The building has a large auditorium, restaurant, lecture rooms, library, study spaces, offices and a living lab with the newest digital and audio-visual tools, paid with money from the European Union.
Visit the website of Leiden University for more information.
Translated from the AD/Haagsche Courant, 11 September 2012