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Last Update: July 2017, by Josephine Dumas
Leiden-Delft-Erasmus is a collaboration between the three universities which keeps on growing. The collaboration is divided in a few centres focusing on education, research and valorisation and in a few theme’s focusing on research. For us especially the education-part is important. For more information, take a look at: www.leiden-delft-erasmus.nl/en/home
The collaboration brings a lot of positive things, but it also has some potential disadvantages. For example: a lot of traveling for students, proces about scheduling can be complicated and the collaboration can maybe damage the ‘Delft identity’.
Because of this collaboration, we discuss LDE-topics a lot with the Student Councils of Leiden and Rotterdam.
Also a part of this portfolio is Medical Delta. This is a collaboration between the three universities which exists longer. It’s a collaboration in the area between medical health and technology of the three universities, the Erasmus Medical Centre, the LUMC and more than 150 companies, science parks and governments.
In 2013 the strategic alliance LDE was approved. The plans for the alliance were driven by three changes in the society:
- Growing complexicity of societal issues, which needed multidisciplinarity.
- Growing importancy of consortia to get some European research money
- Less financial support and for that reason the demand from The Hague for universities to distinguish themselves.
In 2012 the three universities formulated a plan (Meer Waarde) and presented it to the government. The elaboration of the plan happened bottom up.
When the ideas of the collaboration first came in the picture people soon talked about a fusion. The universities reacted negative to this rumor. In the near future it’s definitely not the goal to fuse the three universities. The main goal was to collaborate on research topics, from there some education was initiated. The educational possibilities have grown.
In academic year 2015-2016 EPA (master programme Engineering and Policy Analysis) moved to a campusbuilding in The Hague. It is a campusbuilding which belongs to Leiden University. We had a lot of discussion about the rehousing. We were afraid the Delft identity of the programme would be damaged. An important advantage was that The Hague is the heart of politics in the Netherland, so in The Hague could the EPA-students benefit from the connections there. In academic year 2014-2015 the Student Council received the right of consent, so we could demand some conditions. December 2016 EPA was moved and it went well.
In the past years the educational possibilites regarding LDE have grown a lot:
- Clinical Technology
- Technical Medicine
- Master nanobiology
- Industrial Ecology
- Bioinformatics (track Computer Science)
- Astronomy and Instrumentation (track)
- Governance of Migration and Diversity (track)
- Students can follow different minors from the other two universities.
- Shared LDE-minors (initiative of ORAS!):
- Responsible Innovation
- Security, Safety and Justice
- Geo-resources for the Future: Social, Economic, Environmental and Political challenges (starting september 2017)
- Medicine for engineering students
But, all the LDE-possibilites aren’t alway known among students.
ORAS stands for more than just doing your own study, so we really like the LDE collaboration. But, the quality of education should never be in danger and the Delft identity must never disappear.
In the future it is important that the practical problems regarding LDE-programmes and minors will be fixed. Also, all LDE-possibilites should be known among students, so that a lot of students can benefit from this collaboration!