Leiden University - Mladiinfo
Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden who had withstood a long siege by the Spaniards. In Leiden there are approximately 17,000 students and 4,000 staff members. Leiden's guiding principles are: International orientation; a research character of the University and maintaining the education’s quality.
Leiden is known for the oldest university in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Rembrandt and its beautiful canals. The two branches of the Old Rhine enter Leiden on the east and unite in the city centre which also contains several smaller canals. The old centre of Leiden is one of the largest 17th century town centres in the Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam.